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A great place to stay is in the canyon at a place called LLAHUAR lodge. They have hot springs and a great view. The best trip is a 4 day hike from Cabanaconde to Llanhuar Lodge D1 then to the remote an sweet village of Fure to visit the waterfall then back via the Sangalle area (Oasis).  
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A great place to stay is in the canyon at a place called LLAHUAR lodge. They have hot springs and a great view. The best trip is a 4 day hike from Cabanaconde to Llanhuar Lodge then to the remote an sweet village of Fure to visit the waterfall then back via the Sangalle area (Oasis).  
  
 
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Revision as of 18:45, 8 January 2009

Colca Canyon is in Peru, near Arequipa.

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Understand

the Colca Valley is an area of astounding scenic beauty, with giant Andean terraces and a deep canyon that reach a depth of 3140 metres. Once thought to be the deepest canyon in the world and twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, but nearby Cotohuasi Canyon is actually deeper at 11,488 ft (3501 m). Along the way visitors can enjoy unique natural sceneries, as well as animal life; such as herds of Vicuñas (a wild relative of Llamas and Alpacas) and various types of birds, of which stand out the giant hummingbird, eagles, gooses and the mighty Andean Condor, which can usually be spotted at the "Cruz del Condor". There are many adventure tours organized in the area.
A journey to the Colca Valley takes at least 4 hours throughout high Andean plateau, reaching at one point a high pass of 4800 metres (so take care with altitude and cold), which offers fine views of the volcanoes. You'll have to pay an entrance fee when arriving to Chivay, a nice and very friendly town at the beginning of the canyon, with good hotels and hostels. Look around for the towns with a lot of local colour, and very cheap handicrafts and garments. If travelling during the southern summer, the views are stunning thanks to the abundance of greenery; there is a significant risk of rain though.

History

Landscape

Flora and fauna

Climate

Get in

Fees/Permits

There is a small fee (USD 12) that is charged to any tourist entering the canyon area. They claim that it is used to improve roads and such.

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See

Do

Colca Canyon Tour

The Colca Valley is an area of astounding scenic beauty, with giant Andean terraces and a deep canyon that reach a depth of 3140 metres. A journey to the Colca valley will take you throughout high Andean plateau, reaching at one point a high pass of 4800 metres, which offers fine views of the Volcanoes. Along the way visitors can enjoy unique natural sceneries, as well as animal life; such as herds of Vicuñas (a wild relative of Llamas and Alpacas) and various types of birds, of which stand out the giant hummingbird, eagles, gooses and the mighty Andean Condor. If you like adventure tours, the Canyon also offers wonderful treks down to its button, descending throughout huge mountains, exploring oasis-like valleys, thermal springs, and camping outdoors.

Buy

Eat

Food is more expensive than in town. You will have to budget around 8 soles per meal in the canyon and around 3.5 soles at the rim such as in Cabanaconde or Chivay.

Drink

Sleep

There is an abundance of cheap hospedajes in Cabanaconde as well as at the bottom of the canyon, such as in San Galle, Malata, Cosñirhua or in San Juan de Cuccho. Price range around 8 soles per night and person.

  • The Colca Lodge is a great place to stay in the Colca Canyon area. The lodge sits near the bottom of the canyon near the Uyo Uyo ruins. You can walk to the ruins from the hotel. They also have their own thermal baths with a small bar nearby so you can sit in the hot springs and order a drink while watching the river flow by. The lodge itself is nicely done with thatched roofs and beautiful grounds. The location is very peaceful and the food is magnificent.
Colca Lodge

A great place to stay is in the canyon at a place called LLAHUAR lodge. They have hot springs and a great view. The best trip is a 4 day hike from Cabanaconde to Llanhuar Lodge then to the remote an sweet village of Fure to visit the waterfall then back via the Sangalle area (Oasis).

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