Colca Canyon Trek Arequipa
ColcaCanyon Trek Arequipa, one of the most important destinations for travelers coming to visit Peru. As the second deepest canyon in the world, Colca Canyon offers the most beautiful landscapes for trekking activities. Colca Trekking includes: Colca Trek 2 day, Colca Trek 3 days, Colca Trek 4 days and Llahuar Trek 3 day, The Colca Canyon is a must stop for anyone travelling through Arequipa and all through Peru. Colca is more than accessible and the highlight of visitors trip to Arequipa. Colca Canyon Trek Arequipa activities take you to discover one of the most famous natural wonders. Private Colca trekking tours includes special 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 Trek Arequipa
Colca Canyon Trek Arequipa activities includes different hikes routes through different small villages for discovering the bottom of the Colca Canyon. Travelers can choice the best alternative for starting the Colca Hike: from Puno, Chivay or from Arequipa city.
Most first-time visitors to Peru make a beeline for the ruins of Machu Picchu, without realizing that they are passing within a bus ride of the epic Colca Canyon.
Slicing through the High Andes like a giant fissure for more than 100km, Colca is the world’s second deepest canyon, approximately 3,400m at its deepest point; a shade shallower that the nearby Cotahuasi Canyon and nearly twice as deep as the US Grand Canyon. However, the canyon’s walls are not as vertical as the ones of the Grand Canyon.
Since they are such major features of the landscape, the Colca and Cotahuasi canyons are both easily recognizable in even low-resolution satellite photos of the region.
The Colca Valley is a colorful andean valley with towns founded in Spanish Colonial times and formerly inhabited by the Collaguas and the Cabanas. The local people still maintain ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces.
The Colca Canyon is surrounded by Andean peaks (and at least one very active volcano), so the measurement is taken from the top of the peaks to the bottom of the canyon, you can choice between the different Colca trek Arequipa activities: Colca Trek 2 days, Colca Trek 3 Days and Colca Trek 4 days.
More impressive than the statistics are the region’s emblematic attractions, including soaring condors, endless trekking routes and unshakeable Spanish, Inca and Pre-Inca traditions little altered since the conquistadors first arrived in the 1570s.
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.
The condors can be seen at close range as they fly past the canyon walls, and are a popular attraction.
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.
The 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 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.
‘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, the La Calera natural hot springs is a wonderful way to relax after a day’s touring. The hot springs are located at Chivay, the biggest town in the Colca Canyon.
Perou Voyage also offers Cultural Colca Tours with no hiking included.
Colca Canyon Trek Arequipa 2018
Colca Canyon Tours Arequipa:
Enjoy our 2 two day/one night or three 3 day/two night trip with our different tour to the Colca 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
Available Colca Canyon Trek Arequipa tour options private and shared service:
- Colca Canyon 2 Day Trek
- Colca Canyon 3 Day Trek
- Colca Canyon 4 Day Trek
- Colca Mixed Tour
Colca Canyon Trek Day Tours:
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.