A Visual Tour of the Colca Canyon in Peru

Colca Valley, Peru

The Stunning Landscapes of Colca Canyon, Peru

We travelled over 160 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city, to the town of Chivay in the Colca Valley. The purpose of this trip was to witness the raw beauty of one of the deepest canyons in the world – the Colca Canyon.

Famed for its rugged landscapes and massive Andean Condors, the Colca Canyon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Peru. It’s also said to be twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in Arizona. With a bold claim like that, we had no choice but to see it for ourselves!

The bus journey took about 4 hours and passed through the “Mirador de los Volcanes” in the Andean plateau, reaching heights higher than 15,000 feet. The brochures and guide books didn’t lie – the landscapes are out of this world. Our only regret was not dedicating enough time to tackle some of the world class hiking trails in the area.

Below are some photos from our trip to the Colca Canyon.

Somewhere between Colca Canyon and Arequipa, Peru

Incredible landscapes along the “Mirador de los Volcanes” in the high Andean plateau

Volcaon, Colca Canyon, Peru

At the base of an intimidating volcano. Can you spot the wild llama?

Volcano, Desert, Colca Canyon, Peru

A perfect volcano in the vast desert plains of the high Andean plateau. Beauty!

Volcanic rock formations, Andean Plateau, Peru

Years of erosion reveal interesting rock formations

Church, Colca Canyon, Peru

A simple yet elogant church overlooking snow-capped peaks

Cactus, Colca Canyon, Peru

One of many lookout points along the canyon

Hiking, Colca Canyon, Peru

Checking out the breathtaking views. It’s a long way down!

Andean Condor, Colca Canyon, Peru

A massive Andean Condor flies high above the “Cruz del Condor” lookout point

Andean Condor, Colca Canyon, Peru

Mountains, Colca Canyon, Peru

Dwarfed by the mighty Andes that surround the canyon


Nicole taking a look over the side. It’s a dizzying drop!


Scenery at the Colca Canyon, Peru

Not a bad place to spend the day! Beautiful scenery

Mountains in the Colca Canyon, Peru

To get a sense of scale, look at the people standing at the bottom of the above photo

Colca Valley, Peru, South America

Villages and lush terraces in the Colca Valley

Terraces in the Colca Valley, Peru

Terraces in Colca Valley, Peru

Villages surrounded by Inca and pre-Inca agricultural terraces and irrigation systems

Colca Valley, Peru

Read more from our time in Peru:

The Colca Canyon is the third most visited tourist destination in Peru. Can you guess what the other two are?


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Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.