Colca Canyon, Chivay, Arequipa Attractions - My Peru Guide
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Colca Canyon


Level of Difficulty: Easy if touring by car and moderate to difficult if hiking.

Altitude: Lowest point is 970 meters above sea level and highest point is 6,288 meters above sea level.

Extension: 120 kilometers long.

Operational Info:

  • Days: Every day of the week
  • Hours: There are no restrictions.
  • Entrance Ticket: S/. 70.00 (Peruvian Soles)
  • Phone number: (51-54) 20-30 l0
  • Official Website: Colca Canyon Site

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Location: Districts of Achoma, Cabanaconde, Callalli, Chivay, Coporaque, Huambo, Ichupampa, Lari Maca, Madrigal, Sibayo, Tuti, and  Yanque; Province of Caylloma; and Region of Arequipa.

Distance from Arequipa Downtown: 162 kilometers from Arequipa town - 4 hours.

Colca Canyon, Chivay, Arequipa Attractions - My Peru Guide


  • The canyon has a maximum depth of 3,400 meters, making it the second deepest canyon inthe world, after the Cotahuasi Canyon, also located in the Region of Arequipa.
  • The Colca Canyon and Valley (including the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca) is home to 32 species of mammals and 136 species of birds.
  • The Colca Canyon is the habitat of the Andean condor,the biggest flying bird in the world.
  • The Colca Canyon and Valley has several small towns where locals still maintain millenary customs and practices. Their dress and festivities are quite impressive.
  • The canyon can be visited by car, foot, and bike. If hiking, be prepared for a tough terrain and very cold weather. (A guide should be hired if going deep into the canyon.)
  • The rainy season starts in October and ends in March - April; therefore, the Colca Canyon is more beautiful in March, April, and May.
Colca Canyon, Chivay, Arequipa Attractions - My Peru Guide




  • Taking flora or fauna is prohibited.

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