It’s not just the vastness and depth of the Colca that make it so fantastical, it’s the shifts in its mood. There are more scenery changes along its 100km passage than there are in most European countries; from the barren steppe of Sibayo, through the ancient terraced farmland of Yanque and Chivay, into the steep-sided canyon proper beyond Cabanaconde that wasn’t thoroughly explored until the 1980s. Of course one shouldn’t turn a blind eye to the vital statistics. The Colca is the world’s second-deepest canyon, a smidgeon shallower than near neighbour, the Cotahausi, and twice as deep as the more famous Grand Canyon in the US. But, more than that, it is replete with history, culture, ruins, tradition and – rather like Machu Picchu – intangible Peruvian magic.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Hotel Transfer|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Fixed Departure Dates (March 2018 through January 2019):
We can leave any day of the week, as long as permits are available. Please remember, permits are only needed for your start date.
Welcome to Arequipa - City Tour
Arequipa - The valley of Colca
The Valley of Colca-Arequipa
Good Bye Arequipa
Passport and some copies.
Travel insurance (and some copies)
Backpack to carry your things.
Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
Torch or head-lamps.
Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
Sunblock and sunglasses.
Water bottle or canteen.
American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
It is not necessary to bring sleeping bag.