Located in Arequipa, the Colca Canyon is an impressive geological formation carved out by the river as it has descended between the mountains (made of largely volcanic materials) over million years.
The area of greatest interest to tourists begins at the town of Chivay and continues north west for more than 60 km until reaching the lookout known as the Cruz del Condor near the town Cabanaconde. From here, the valley narrows significantly, giving origin to the fame of the Colca as one of the deepest in the world.
The deepest part of the Colca has been calculated at 3,680m or 12,074ft (almost twice as deep as Colorado’s Grand Canyon) from the highest points at Mount Yajirhua (5,212m or 17,100ft) and Mount Lucerna (4245m or 13,928ft) to the riverbed. Its deep walls begin on the heights of Chila range, on the right bank of the Colca River, and continue almost vertical for 40km to the confluence with Andamayo River (900m or 2,953ft), where the Colca Canyon becomes the Majes river valley.
Colca Canyon Visiting Regulations
To help with preserving this invaluable archeological monument and world natural and cultural heritage site, we recommend you bear the following in mind:
•Bring drinks in canteens only
•Lighting open fires is strictly prohibited
•Put litter in the indicated trashcans
•Do not disturb the site’s plant and animal species
•Do not contaminate water sources
Colca Canyon Recommended Tours
After a detailed review of the commentaries and experiences of our passengers, we can recommend the following Colca tours. We are really sure. you will enjoy as much as them.