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Colca Canyon Private Tour – Colca Canyon Luxury Trek
Alternative Colca Canyon Tours, shared excursions and private guide and driver to Colca Canyon in Peru and trekking in Arequipa with daily departures with Perou Voyage Arequipa Tour Operator.
Arequipa is one of the most popular’s tourist destinations in Peru, one of Arequipa’s highlights is the Colca Canyon and valley. Perou Voyage Tours Arequipa offers a variety of tours to the Colca Canyon second deepest in the world.
According to travelers preferences you can choice between: private tours to Colca Canyon and shared Colca Tour and Arequipa Trekking tours. The Colca Canyon is located in southern Peru Arequipa’s region is an area of astounding scenic beauty and one of the best places for practicing cultural, adventure and vivencial tourism.
Perou Voyage has a variety Arequipa tours to Colca Canyon and Arequipa adventure tours for enjoying the impressive nature beauty, the majestic architecture, cozy local families, feeling the adventure trekking through ancient trails in the Colca Canyon or just tasting local food prepared with quinoa, chuño, alpaga meat and trout. The Colca Canyon is best known as one of the world’s deepest canyons, reaching a depth of 4,160 meters, whose depth can most easily be appreciated from the Cruz del Condor, a viewpoint where Andean Condors can be seen most days throughout the year. Colca also offers a vibrant indigenous culture, high-quality handicrafts, and a range of activities from adventure sports to mystical tourism and tourist home-stays. The valley features an incredible amount of Inca and pre-Inca agricultural terraces and the irrigation systems necessary to operate them.
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Colca Canyon Facts – Why visit Colca Canyon?
Colca Canyon is the canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru. It is located about 160 kilometers northwest of Arequipa. The local people still maintain ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces.
The canyon is home to the Andean condor (Vultur gryphus), a species that has been the focus of worldwide conservation efforts. The condors can be seen at close range as they fly past the canyon walls, and are a popular attraction.
The Andean Condor typically lives about 60-70 years, and has a wingspan of about 2.1–2.7 metres. It is commonly referred to as the “Eternity Bird,” as the bird is a symbol of long life and eternity. ‘Cruz del Condor’ is a popular tourist stop to view the condors. At this point the canyon floor is 1,200 metres below the rim of the canyon.
The town of Chivay is located in the Colca valley. Above Chivay, at an elevation of 3500 metres, agriculture gives way to livestock raising, principally alpacas and llamas. Below Chivay the valley presents terraced landscapes. Within the deepening valley, small villages is spread out over 56 kilometres between Chivay and Cabanaconde village. The canyon reaches its greatest depth in Huambo, where the river has an elevation of 1066 metres.
Colca Canyon worth visiting for sure!
Attracting more and more visitors each year to the Colca Canyon, in addition to the awesome sights, are the Andean condors. The Colca Canyon is home of the majestic Condor. Tourists can see the big condors at fairly close range as they fly through the canyon.
The canyon is the natural habitat of the great Andean condor (Vultur gryphus), a species that has seen world-wide effort to preserve it.
‘Cruz del Condor’ is a popular tourist stop to view the condors, the pass where condors soar gracefully on the rising thermals occurring as the air warms. The condors hunt in the early morning and late afternoon, so it is best to be there during those times. At this point the canyon floor is 3,960 ft (1,200 m) below the rim of the canyon.
The Colca Canyon is also ideal for Adventure Sports. In addition, La Calera natural hot springs is a wonderful way to relax after a day’s touring. The thermal waters are located at Chivay, the biggest town in the Colca Canyon.
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Discover one of the most beautiful areas in Peru; where you will find andean terraces built by the Collaguas and Cabanas, the two distinct ethnic groups in the Colca Valley.
This zone presents 16 villages, these are: Sibayo, Callalli, Tuti, Canocota, Chivay, Coporaque, Yanque, Ichupampa, Achoma, Lari, Maca, Madrigal, Cabanaconde, Pinchollo, Tapay and Huambo towns; in all this area you will find colonial churches and gently people.
In Chivay you will find “La Calera, hot springs, with recognized medicinal properties of importance. Also It’s possible to enjoy them in the villages of: Sibayo, Yanque and Llahuar.
The Colca Valley and Canyon area offer a great collection of restaurants that includes typical food and a number of great hotels like: Colca Lodge, Pozo del Cielo, Casa Andina Colca, Kuntur Wassi, Las Casitas del Colca, Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca, Tradicion Colca, La Casa de Mamayacchi, etc.
Colca Canyon Activities
Perou Voyage Tours Arequipa offers daily departures to the Colca Canyon. Join the best Colca Canyon Tours and enjoy Arequipa highlight’s. In the Kolka Canyon we can find more than just condor’s.
A journey to the Colca Valley usually takes about 3-1/2 hours via public bus, across the high Andean plateau, reaching a high point of 4950 meters at the “Mirador de los Volcanes” in Patapampa, which offers fine views of several volcanoes that soar to more than 6,000 meters, so considered the altitude sickness.
Animals spotted in the valley include vicuñas, lamas and alpacas and a variety of birds, of particular interest the giant hummingbird, eagles, Andean geese, flamingos (September through March), and of course th Andean Condors, which can usually be spotted at Cruz del Condor.
Archeological sites include the caves of Mollepunko above Callalli where rock art (said to be 6,000 years old) depicts the domestication of the alpaca; the mummy of Paraqra, above Sibayo; the Fortaleza de Chimpa, a reconstructed mountaintop citadel that looks down on Madrigal; ruins of pre-Hispanic settlements throughout the valley; and many others.
Cultural attractions include the Wititi festival in Chivay, named as a “cultural heritage” of Peru. The Colca is also well known for crafts: goods knitted from baby alpaca fiber and a unique form of embroidery that adorns skirts (polleras), hats, vests, and other items of daily wear and use.
The most distant source of Amazon River is accessible from the Colca valley via Tuti, a one-day trip to a spring at 5,120 metres, where snowmelt from the Mismi bursts from a rock face. Other attractions include the Infiernillo Geyser, on the flanks of the volcano Hualca Hualca, which is accessible on foot, horseback, or mountain bicycle, and a number of casas vivenciales where tourists can stay with a local family in their home and share in their daily activities.
Colca Canyon Accommodation
Perou Voyage Day tours offers different hotels and hostels options for enjoying the magic and beauty of the Canyon. According to yout travel budget you can stay in Colca hostels like: Los Portales de Chivay, La Pascana, Kollawas Home Inn, La Casa de Anita or you can stay in Colca Canyon hotels: Posada del Colca, Colca Inn, Killawasi Lodge tour, Pozo del Cielo, Casa Andina Standard Colca, Tradicion Colca, Kuntur Wassi and Colca Lodge tour.