Colca Canyon Tours Arequipa
Colca Canyon Tours Arequipa; one of the most important highlights in Peru is the Colca Canyon, travelers have different Colca tour options and Colca Trekking activities for having a nice time in the second deepest canyon in the world: Colca Canyon. Colca is more than accessible and the highlight of visitors trip to Arequipa. Colca Tours takes you to discover one of the most famous natural wonders. Private Colca Canyon tours Arequipa includes hiking activities and the visit to view points non visited by the tourist mass. A journey to the Colca Valley usually takes about 3 hours by tourist bus, across the high Andean plateau, reaching a high point of 4800 meters at the “Mirador de los Volcanes,” which offers fine views of several volcanoes that soar to more than 6,000 meters.
Colca Canyon Tours Arequipa
Colca Canyon Tours Arequipa and Colca Trek Day Tours: Perou Voyage offers a variety of Colca Tours from Arequipa, Chivay or from Puno: Colca Classic Trips and Vivencial tour excurions to the second deepest canyon in the world. Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru, located about 160 kilometres northwest of Arequipa. It is Peru’s third most-visited tourist destination. With a depth of 3,270 metres, it is one of the deepest canyons in the world. Colca Canyon is a colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots, and towns founded in Spanish colonial times, still inhabited by people of the Collagua and the Cabana cultures.
The local people maintain their ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces. The Colca 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. Other notable bird species present in the Colca include the giant hummingbird, the largest member of the hummingbird family, as well as the Andean goose, Chilean flamingo, and mountain caracara. Animals include vizcacha, a rabbit-sized relative of the chinchilla, zorrino, deer, fox, and vicuña, the wild ancestor of the alpaca.
La Calera natural hot springs are located at Chivay, the biggest town in the Colca Canyon. Other hot springs, some developed for tourist use, are dotted throughout the valley and canyon. Archeological sites includes 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 (16,800 ft), 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.
Perou Voyage offers a variety of Colca Canyon Day Tours from Arequipa, trips from Puno to Colca Canyon or from Arequipa to Puno passing by the Colca Canyon area, Colca Full Day Tour, 2 Days Colca Tour, Colca Tour 3 Days. If you are an adventure traveler, you might be interested in Colca Trek activities: Colca Trek 2 Day, Colca Trek 3 Day, Colca Trek 4 Day.
Colca Canyon Tours Arequipa 2018
Colca Canyon Tours Arequipa Options:
Enjoy our 2 two day/one night or three 3 day/two night trip with our different tour to the Kolca Canyon, in private transport and english speaking guide or shared service, visiting: National Reserves, south american camels, (lamas, alpacas, vicugnas) and natural viewpoints. Enjoy our trekking activities inside the canyon with our customized tour itineraries for discovering the Colca Valley and canyon. Perou Voyage offers the next tour options: Colca canyon tour from Puno Colca canyon tour from Chivay Colca canyon tour from Cuzco Colca canyon tour from Arequipa Colca canyon tour Arequipa to Puno Colca Canyon Tour private and shared tour service:
- Colca One Day Tour
- Colca Canyon 2 Day Tour
- Colca Canyon 3 Day Tour Cabanaconde
- 2 Day Tour Colca Canyon Trekking
Perou Voyage Colca trekking tours are specially designed for adventure travellers who want to go to the extra mile. The Colca Trek paths have been used since the pre-inca period and are still used today by the local population. In the trekking 2, 3 or 4 days inside the Colca Canyon.
Why to visit the Colca Canyon?
Because the Colca is the world’s second deepest canyon in the world, a smidgeon shallower than near neighbor, the Cotahausi, and twice as deep as the more famous Grand Canyon in the United States. Colca Canyon is replete with history, culture, ruins, tradition and customs.