Blogs from Colca Canyon, Arequipa, Peru, South America


South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon July 7th 2021 Coporaque Village The tiny village of Coporaque is a great way to take in the stunning region & enjoy glorious views of the distant volcanoes, including the active Sabancaya which spews ash into the sky, gorgeous terrace views, flowering cacti, and crumbling stone ruins. We walked through pastures, visited the church which was badly damaged in the 2016 earthquake. This is a small town located on the right side of the Colca River, in the Western part of Chivay (Capital of the Colca Canyon), it has 900 inhabitants, it is located at 3583 meters above sea level, most of the inhabitants they are still cultivating their land following the knowledge of their ancestors and they are still wearing their typical costums. The temple of Santiago Apóstol de Coporaque, is a Catholic construction, which is located ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon May 16th 2021

The Colca Canyon is one of the most beautiful areas in Peru famed for its colourful and traditional towns and for its wildlife. There are over 100 species of birds including the giant Andean condor. The Colca Canyon is also one of the deepest canyons in the world. It is, in fact, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Another location I never dreamt I would be able to visit but with heygo virtual guides another place I can cross as having seen, although not the same as actually physically being there it will do for now. The Colca Canyon 11,975ft & Valley are paradise to nature lovers. The Colca Valley is 186 miles north of Arequipa, and holds one of the world´s deepest gorges, cut by the Colca River, which flows 250 miles from its ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon January 15th 2020

After the days spent in the dusty desert we were excited to arrive in the mountains. A long bus journey obviously but the scenery was amazing, seeing the nature changing from desert to mountains, passing through a wetland desert, llama and alpaca everywhere, water coming from the mountain give us the welcome to a new kind of strength of nature, small kind of pointy hairy bushes were everywhere, looking like the hair of puppets, are just desert bushes shaped by the wind. I was happy to see green grass and snowy peaks behind the hills. We were already at more than 3000 meters. Daria was already scared of the cold that was awaiting us outside the bus. When we arrived in Yanke at circa 3300 meters it was 6 o’clock and raining. We had a hotel ... read more
Beautiful green landscapes of the Colca
Daria removing the tripe, liver and the other rough bits
Alpaca and Llama friends

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon August 31st 2018

The Cañon de Colca, the 2nd deepest canyon in the world (the first being only a few hundred kms away from here in Peru), dropping by at times 3000 meters from top to bottom! Arequipa is the place where people base themselves to get there either by organised tour or as we did, by ourselves. Arequipa in its self was quite nice although we didn't think there was too much to see and do from our perspective. We used it as a place to relax and take a breather after some busy weeks on the move. The main plaza was a nice place to sit and people watch and the city has a nice back drop of El Misti volcano. The following day we got a bus to Chivay, the main starting point for the canyon. ... read more
Thermal Pools Chivay
Canyon de Colca

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon April 14th 2017

Ergens tussen de heuvels van de Andes ligt de Colca Canyon, 's werelds diepste kloof. Om een uur of acht in de ochtend, als de warme zon door begint te komen, spreiden de condors hun vleugels. Zoekend naar aas, drijven ze over de bries die door de kloof waait. De mens die dit wil aanschouwen zal daarvoor eerst een hoogte van bijna 5000 meter moeten passeren. Condor Cross is echter niet de eindbestemming van de dappere zielen die de canyon bezoeken. Vanaf het plaatsje Cavanaconde starten troepen toeristen met een afdaling naar de bodem van de kloof. Hemelsbreed is het zo'n vijf kilometer, maar dat is nog exclusief de daling van 1000 meter. De zon is inmiddels bijna op haar hoogste punt en daarmee de gevaarlijkste vijand. Verbranden lijkt onvermijdelijk, want er is weinig schaduw op ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon June 3rd 2016

Breakfast 630 depart 7. Basic breakfast bread butter a bit of ham and some plastic cheese. We drove a little over an hour to get to the condor viewing spot. On the way we drove through a village which and a few lookouts but were told we would stop on the way back. Before arriving at the view point we stopped on side of road for some pictures as a condor was eating a cow. Condors live off dead animals - they don't attack like eagles. The condors work with the foxes. Condors signal where the food is by flying in circles and the foxes come in to kill. The fox eats first and the condor scavenges off the left overs. However livestock in the area also fall over the edge of the mountains sometimes and ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon March 14th 2016

It was raining and dark from bulging clouds when we arrived at the Colca Lodge, deep in the Colca Canyon, so we didn't get to see the view till the following. And what a sight greeted us as we opened our curtains and the door to our room. A river churned below us, through the canyon, the sky was bright blue, swathes of cacti covered the inclines and were brimming with pinky orange coloured fruit, there was an Alpaca farm on the opposite river bank and terraces of vegetable were growing up the hills and the most amazing thing of all was the billowing steam, just like an old train, that came up from geyser fed hot spring pools down by the river. A magnificent vista or mucho bonista as you'd say in the local tongue. ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon March 14th 2016

It was a bit of a struggle to get down to the hot springs, but I took my time and it was worth it. After larking about in the pools and switching back and forth between the hot and cold pools we got down to some good old fashioned home schooling in a hot spring pool. First up was maths: we did some times tables, addition, subtraction and we almost succeeded in explaining percentages to Hat. Then we did geography and geology, the canyon was perfect for showing things like erosion and how stalactites and stalactites form, finally we did some literacy in the form of 'what does this word me'. I'm not kidding when I say that the kids were all in and very enthusiastic. When asked, they said it was because it was an ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon October 14th 2015

Arequipa is Perus 2nd city & is also the most common base for starting treks or tours to the Colca canyon / valley. The city is around 2000m & although I wasn't affected the Dutch group I was travelling with did feel the altitude a bit! How I got there: Still travelling by Peru hop we arrived at 5:30am after our visit to Nazca. As usual we got dropped at the hostel. Where I stayed: Flying dog hostel dorm was S/.25. 1st dorm had shower in the room 2nd had a shared shower. They ran out of hot water the 2nd time I had a shower but the 1st time it was hot. Wifi was ok, didn't work so well on 2nd floor in dorms but fine downstairs in courtyard. Beds comfy & had lockers for ... read more
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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon June 20th 2015

The alarm went off at 2.15 am and we dragged ourselves out of bed, by 2.33am we were on the bus to Colca Canyon. After 3 hours we arrived in Chivay for breakfast. From there we stoppped at several small villages and saw local ladies and little children marching around the village square and got asked many times if we wanted to take photos of the children in their brightly coloured costumes. By 11am we were at Colca Canyon itself, the canyon was vast. We had just 40 minutes to spend here so rushed down to the best vantage point to see the condors. After a short wait we saw several huge condors cruising around in the sky getting closer and closer to us. All too soon it was time to leave, we stopped at some ... read more
Snowy mountains on the way to Colca Canyon
Small village on the way to Colca Canyon
Traditional costume

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