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The road from Arequipa towards Colca leads first through a rugged landscape dominated by volcanoes and seemingly home only to wild llama and vicuña.

Finally you emerge into a fertile region dotted with traditional villages where farming still takes place on the pre-Inca agricultural terraces. This is the Colca Valley, and at its end is the Colca Canyon, said to be one of the deepest in the world.

Condor in the Colca CanyonThe steep green canyon walls are home to Andean condors and you will hopefully see families of these majestic birds nesting, scavenging and soaring on the thermals above and below you.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Colca Canyon

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Colca Canyon, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Colca Canyon

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Colca Canyon. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Deluxe room, Killawasi Lodge

      Killawasi Lodge

      Medium

      Perched on a ridge looking out towards the canyon on the edge of the pleasant town of Yanque, this small lodge is a great option if you're looking for a peaceful stay in the Colca Valley.

    • Casita, Casitas del Colca, Colca Canyon

      Las Casitas del Colca

      Deluxe

      Las Casitas del Colca is a luxury hotel in the heart of the Colca Valley. The property boasts twenty individual casitas offering supreme privacy and exclusivity in simple, unpretentious surroundings.

    • Colca Lodge, Colca Canyon

      Colca Lodge

      Medium

      Situated on the banks of the River Colca, this hotel is still one of our favourites. Charmingly decorated, it has its own hot natural springs.

    Ideas for experiencing Colca Canyon

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Colca Canyon, and which use the best local guides.

    • Pre-Inca terracing in the Colca Canyon

      Climb Condors Cross

      Colca Canyon

      Condor’s Cross is situated on top of one of the steepest sides of the Colca Canyon. It is in these forested slopes that the families of condors nest, and you are more than likely to see several take to the air and glide on the thermals.