"NEAR AREQUIPA : COLCA CANYON" Peru Things to Do Tip by swesn

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Colca Canyon is an amazing canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru, about 160 km off Arequipa. It is supposedly more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States. But, as the canyon's walls are not as vertical as those of the Grand Canyon, and the marketing department of Peru's Tourism is busy with promoting all the other stupendously incredible sights of Peru, Colca Canyon is perhaps thus not as famous as the Grand Canyon. Only those interested in Peru get to hear of it and those interested in adventure travel get to hike part of it.

I have spent, in total, more than 14 months in South America visiting many amazing natural sights and it is hard to say (and probably unfair) which is more amazing than another, but Colca Canyon definitely ranks way up high in my list.

The Colca Valley is studded with colourful little Andean towns where the local people still wear interesting traditional costumes, maintain ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the terraced mountains that were from pre-Inca times.

I must add the traditional dresses here around Chivay, a town in the valley, are the most interesting I had seen so far! Their tops are embroidered elaborately around the collars and sleeves, and the ladies wear another overly embroidered vests. Their skirts are long, all the way to the ankles, and also embroidered crazily at the hemline. Meanwhile, their hats? gosh, every inch is embroidered as well!! There are two types of hats? one for the indigenous group around Chivay and another, around Cabanaconde.

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  • Written Jan 12, 2008
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