Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon Climate

Find full information about Colca Canyon climate. The Colca Canyon is situated higher than Arequipa city and surrounded by snowcapped mountains. The Colca area is surrounded by large “Altiplanos” andean flat highlands, temperatures in this region do fluctuate a lot. In general there are two seasons here as in most Andean regions (dry and wet season).


Colca Canyon Seasons

Colca Canyon climate has 2 seasons: wet season starts around december and ends in march and the dry season makes up the rest of the year.
In the transition periods (November & April) rain can still fall dowm but days will start to brighten up until they are with clear blue skies all day long.
The sun is due to the altitude and a factor to keep in mind is the solar radiation is very strong in this region. This makes day temperatures in these months quite warm at times.
When the sun goes down, the temperatures go down significantly. In June, July and August temperatures at night are frequently well below freezing.
The morning takes a couple of hours to warm up again but once the sun breaks through, the canyon will quickly warm up before cooling down at night again.
The climate is generally cool and dry. The Andean Summer (November through March)is reliably dry, with sunny days and clear, cold nights. Be prepared for temperatures below freezing, particularly in June, July, and August.
The rainy season begins, usually, in December, and lasts through April, with February being the wettest month. Temperatures remain cool, with rain or rain showers most days. The valley is at its most beautiful in April and May, when the fields are green and the mountains snow-capped.
In the highlands of Peru are two well-defined seasons: the dry season from April to October, characterized by sunny days, cool nights and no rain (the ideal time to visit), and the rainy season from November to March , where rainfall is abundant (generally above 1,000 mm).
Some general characteristics of Andean climates are dry air, the sunshine, which decreases in summer, and the temperature differences between sun and shade, night and day, morning and evening.

Colca Canyon Packing List

Perou Voyage Arequipa Tours suggest a packing list for travelling according to the Colca Canyon climate:

Flashlight (Colca Trek)
Swimsuit
Cash (there are no ATMs and no one accepts credit cards)
Binoculars
SPF 50 sunscreen
Hat
Walking Sticks
Travel alarm clock
Lightweight off-trail shoes
Warm Jacket
Camera
Rain poncho (wet season)
Flip flops
Lightweight off-trail shoes
Towel
Toilet Paper (Colca trek)
Sunglasses
Shorts (Hiking)
Hiking boots

Best Colca Canyon Tours 2019



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Colca Canyon Full Day Tour

Enjoy the Colca Canyon in a one day tour, visit to Cruz del Condor viewpoint and the main villages

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One Day Trek Colca Canyon

Explore the magic of the Colca Canyon in a one day tour with hiking activities included

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Colca Canyon Trek 2 Days

Live the adventure in 2 days Trekking inside the Colca Canyon, the second deepest

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Colca Mixed Tour

Enjoy the Colca Canyon with this amazing tour wich includes Hiking in the Colca Canyon

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Special 2 Day Colca Canyon Tour

Discover both sides of the Colca Canyon, this alternative tour takes you to Chimpa Fortress

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Colca Canyon 2 Day Tour From Puno

Explore the Colca Canyon in 2 days leaving from Puno and ending in Arequipa city

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Cabanaconde 2 Day Tour

Cabanaconde and Achachihua viewpoint offers the option to explore the Colca Canyon

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Colca 2 Days Long Route

Explore the long route to the Colca Canyon: Mollepunko caves, La Ventana del Colca and Sibayo

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3 Day Tour Colca Canyon

This alternative Colca Tour includes the night in Cabanaconde and Canocota

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3 Days Colca Canyon Trek

Explore the bottom of the Colca Canyon in 3 days trekking, spend nights in family lodges

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Llahuar Trek 3 Days

Enjoy a tranquil environment with nice views and relaxing time in Llahuar Lodge

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Colca Canyon Trek 4 Days

The best trek for adventure travelers, this hike takes you to enjoy Huaruro waterfalls

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