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A tour through one of the deepest canyons in the world.


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Map Key

31.7

Miles

51.0

KM

Loop

11,273' 3,436 m

High

6,950' 2,118 m

Low

13,753' 4,192 m

Up

13,770' 4,197 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

116%

Max Grade (49°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Cave · Geological Significance · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Overview

Situated in the Colca Valley, approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Arequipa, the second-largest city in Peru. With a depth of around 10,725 feet (3,270 meters), it is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States. The canyon offers breathtaking natural beauty, dramatic landscapes, and an opportunity to observe Andean condors in flight.

Description

As you descend into the canyon, you'll be surrounded by towering cliffs and terraced farmland. The trail winds through the rugged terrain, and you may spot llamas and alpacas along the way.

Reaching the canyon floor, you'll find the oasis of Sangalle, a green and refreshing haven. Spend the night there, enjoying the peacefulness of the canyon and sleeping under the starry sky.

The next day, you'll face the challenging ascent back to the canyon rim. The Cruz del Cóndor viewpoint offers the chance to witness the majestic flight of Andean condors, an awe-inspiring sight.

Besides the natural beauty, hiking in Colca Canyon provides opportunities to engage with the local communities. Learn about their traditional way of life, try their food, and immerse yourself in their culture.

As you conclude your hike, you'll carry with you lasting memories of the stunning landscapes, the perseverance required, and the connections made with nature and local communities. Colca Canyon is a place that leaves a profound impact on your soul, reminding you of the power of nature and the resilience of humanity.

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Russell Hobart

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Photos

Bridge across the Colca River.
Jun 15, 2023 near Cabanac…, PE
Mist rising up from the powerful Huaruro Falls.
Jun 12, 2023 near Tapay, PE
A vista looking down at the switchbacks.
Jun 15, 2023 near Tapay, PE

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