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From Arequipa it's easy to arrange a trip to the Colca Canyon, and well worth doing. You'll need to allow a couple of days at least, as an overnight stay is more or less essential if you want to see the condors.

And there's lots more to do apart from that. The landscape is spectacular in places and there are lots of walking trails. There are also plenty of small villages to visit where the traditional way of life is largely preserved, despite the influx of tourists.

Take swimwear with you so you can enjoy the hot springs near Chivay. And if you want somewhere a bit special to stay, see my tip about the Parador del Colca.

As well as the more dramatic scenery (Colca is deeper than the Grand Canyon!) you'll also find greener places, where the locals still farm on the terraces that date back to pre-Inca times. No tractors here, they just wouldn't be practical, so the fields are ploughed by oxen and there are donkeys to carry the heaviest loads.

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  • In a nutshell:You'll never forget those magnificent condors, if you're lucky enough to see them
  • Last visit to Colca: Nov 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Looks like a great area for hiking. Maybe I go to Peru in 2016, and than Colca definitely will be on my list of places to visit.

    • toonsarah's Profile Photo
      Dec 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      If you want to hike it would be perfect. The area where you see the condors can get busy but there are plenty of other places where you could hike and see almost no one else, I reckon, and the landscapes are fantastic!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Great scenery here, and I love the bright coloured clothing they wear. They look to be friendly people. Lovely page!

    • toonsarah's Profile Photo
      Aug 27, 2012 at 4:11 AM

      Thanks Dee :-) Yes, very friendly - it's a lovely country to visit!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Fantastic page Sarah. The mountain views are so beautiful. I love the fact she is carrying a baby lama! Awesome intro photograph!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    Thanks for this virtual tour!

  • Aug 23, 2009 at 9:06 PM

    ok so news at hand... im not going to uzbekistan next year as originally planned. new boyfriend is peruvian, so here it is instead! hahaha. im checking all your peru tips now ;-P

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2009 at 2:06 AM

    Colca is such a beautiful place and I very much enjoyed my visit. We waited about two hours to see the condors but just before we left, several flew over the canyon :))

  • Jan 15, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Another intersting web site of you! Peru is a great country.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    fascinating page you have here

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2008 at 2:46 AM

    Peru looks like a very interesting place to visit. See you had good weather for photos, you have some good ones.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    wow man. that looks really really cool.


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