Colca Canyon

Only 4 hours away from Arequipa you can find the second deepest canyon in the world! You get the opportunity to get into the countryside life of Peru and to see the Andean Condor. And during your trip from Arequipa to Colca Canyon you will pass traditional and colourful towns. So do you still doubt to visit Colca Canyon? Read this article and you may have been convinced to go!

Not everybody knows this, but the Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the famous Grand Canyon and it is the second deepest canyon in the world, behind only China’s Tsangpo Canyon. This special place offers you over more than 100 types of birds, more than 300 types of plants and more than 30 types of cactus.

Colca canyon

You need to pay a fee in order to entrance the park; the fee is around 70 soles. So make sure you bring extra cash when you head to the canyon. Most likely it that there will be a lot of other tourists, but this has a reason of course, namely the Colca Canyon is one of the most impressive, beautiful wonders in all Peru. During your trip you will explore local wildlife and Andean villages, you will discover the landscape of Southern Peru, passing alpine lakes, glaciers and volcanoes. It is the second most populated city in Peru and this makes Colca Canyon of the most visited attractions of South America. Overall, you cannot miss a trip to Colca Canyon when you are in South America. However, the Colca Canyon is located in the desert and the sun in the desert is very harsh. Therefor it is important that you bring plenty of sunscreen and a hat.

There are different possibilities to visit this wonderful place. Tour operators offer multiple tours and treks, so make sure you choose the best suitable option for you! The trek is best for travellers with a tight scheduled. You will leave Arequipa very early in the morning, around 3:30 am, this seems very early, but you have the possibility to sleep in the bus for four hours and you most probably return around 17:30 pm.

Do you want to go for a trekking? That is also possible! Be aware that there are different types of hikes, which includes different durations of the trekking. However, if you decide to do a trekking, you will experience the Colca Canyon at its best!.

If you decide to go for a tour to the Colca , we recommend you to bring the following:

  • Water
  • Passport
  • Swimming clothes + towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm jacket

If you decide to go for a trek to the Colca Canyon, we recommend you to bring the following: 

  • Water
  • Passport
  • Light backpack
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sunscreen + sunglasses
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Warm layers of clothes: temperatures can reach -10 at night
  • Swimming clothes + towel
  • Flashlights
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks
  • Insects repellent