Colca Canyon

More than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA, the Colca Canyon is a colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots, and towns founded in Spanish colonial times, still inhabited by people of the local cultures, that maintain their ancestral traditions. 

The trekking I did included 2 days and 1 night, but I would definitely recommend spending there at least 3 days to have more time to enjoy the scenery. I booked my trek through the hostel I was staying with in Arequipa. I was picked up at 3 in the morning and we started the journey to the valley. Our first stop was Cruz del Condor, viewpoint from where we could enjoy the presumably best view of Condors. Unfortunately we didn’t see any:)

At around 9 in the morning we started trekking down into the Canyon (this time we did see condors) and then up again to the local villages where we had our lunch. After that we continues on for another 3 hours to the Oasis where we stayed for the night. Early in the morning the next day we began our way up for about 3 hours to the top of the Canyon, to the Cabanaconde village, where we had our breakfast. Afterwards we were picked up by our tour operator to go back to Arequipa. On the way back we stopped at natural hot springs to enjoy a bath after two days of trekking. A perfect way to end the trip!

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