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Colca Canyon | Arequipa, Peru


15° 35' 16.7496" S, 71° 58' 27.0552" W
Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon - Photo: silvan höhn

Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru, located about 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Arequipa. It is Peru's second most-visited tourist destination with about 116,000 visitors annually. It is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States at 13,650 ft (4,161 m) depth. The Colca Valley is a colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots, and towns founded in Spanish colonial times, still inhabited by people of the Collagua and the Cabana cultures. The local people maintain their ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces.

The town of Chivay is located at the midpoint of the Colca valley. Above Chivay, at an elevation of 12,000 ft (3,658 m), agriculture gives way to livestock raising, principally alpacas and llamas, with some sheep and dairy cattle as well. Below Chivay the valley presents intensely terraced landscapes, continuing for many kilometers downstream. Within the deepening valley downriver, a series of small villages is spread out over the approximately 35 miles (56 km) between Chivay and the village of Cabanaconde. The canyon reaches its greatest depth in the region of Huambo, where the river has an elevation of 3,497 ft (1,066 m). In contrast, about 15 mi (24 km) to the southeast of Cabanaconde rises the 20,630 ft (6,289 m) high Ampato, a snow-capped extinct volcano.

More infos: Wikipedia

Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon - Photo: RenAro

Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon - Photo: Podróżniczek

Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon - Photo: Tim and Chelsea Tibbs

Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon

SUBMITTED ON 06.05.2013.