Trekking in the Colca Valley
At 10.00 o’clock, the updrafts slow down and the condors deform. But there is more to see in the Colca Canyon. About 14 km from the Cruz del Cóndor, Canaconde is a small place that is an ideal base for hiking in the canyon. Although Chivay adjusted pretty well to tourists, it is still much quieter and “unromantic” here.
Of course, the Colca Canyon is not only the home of condors, but also of many other animals, including giant hummingbirds, Andean geese, foxes, vizcachas (relatives of chinchillas), game animals and vicuñas, ancestors of the alpacas Of course, there is also in the canyon, as well as flames.
Trips to the hot springs, some of which are in the Colca Valley, are also popular. The best known are located on the outskirts of Chivay, some are hidden in the depths of the gorge, rest and relaxation after the walk are guaranteed.
And then, of course, there are the numerous caves with cave paintings and remains of past cultures, such as the Mollepunko Caves on Callalli. The paintings, which are said to be more than 6,000 years old, show, among other things, the domestication of alpacas in the region. But the Fortress of Chimpa, a citadel on Madrigal, the mummy of Paraqra or other pre-Hispanic settlements invite to make excursions.
Best time to visit the Colca Valley
If you want to see the condors circle, the best time is from May to November. Then it’s dry and the thermal conditions are perfect for extended flights. Incidentally, on days when it rains, the condors do not fly.
If you also want to go on a trekking tour through the Cañón del Colca, the best time is between April and June. Please note that in the evening the temperatures can go down as soon as the sun goes down.
Cañon del Colca
Here you can stay overnight
It is a good idea to spend the night in Chivay for a visit to Colca Canyon. There you will find both upscale hotels and simple hostels for backpackers.
So come on
The Colca Valley is approximately 100 km from Arequipa and 40 km from Chivay. There are numerous tour operators who offer tours to the Condor’s Cross. This usually includes an overnight stay in Chivay and a visit to the viewing platforms. But there are also tours that take you through the canyon for several days.
If you want to explore Colca Canyon on your own, there are buses and private minivans you can book from both Arequipa and Chivay. Keep in mind that although the track may seem short, Chivay still takes you two hours to reach the Cruz del Condor, especially if you want to take some breaks to take pictures.