This 100km long, 3,400m deep canyon - which some say competes with America's Grand Canyon - is renowned for its beauty, and for the Andean Condors which soar above it. It is also a great place for hiking and cycling, once you have acclimatised to the altitude.
Reasons to visit Colca Canyon include:
Most people tend to avoid the worst of the rainy season from about December to March. For more information about when to travel in Peru, see our When to visit Peru page.
You can drive to here from Arequipa, which is about 4 hours’ drive away. It is about a day’s drive (+/-7 hours) from Lake Titicaca. Given this, a typical road journey would go from Arequipa to Colca Canyon (stay a couple of nights) then travel on to Lake Titicaca for a few days here. Alternatively you could travel in luxury on the Belmond Andean Explorer sleeper train.
It is at about 3650m so altitude sickness could be an issue for you if you've not yet acclimatised.
Colca Lodge provides the perfect base for exploring the pre-Inca history of the valley and viewing the magnificent Andean Condor.
A luxury hotel a short distance from Colca Canyon with individual casitas, gourmet cuisine, a top quality spa and wide choice of outdoor activities.
Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.
Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.
Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.