Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon, photo by Dr. Eugen Lehle
 

Colca is one of the world’s deepest canyons, reaching a depth of 4,160 meters (13,640′).

Between Arequipa and Chivay, visitors will enjoy passing through a range of unique ecological zones, from desert to altiplano to dry tundra.

Chivay is the hub of the valley, 160 km. from the regional capital, Arequipa.

Other towns in the valley offer a range of cultural, adventure sports, archeological, and other activities.

 

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Hotel Colca Inn

Hotel Colca Inn is located in Chivay, 1 km from Colca Canyon and 300 metres from Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free WiFi is featured and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 215 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$38

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Andes Colca Hostal

Set 900 metres from Colca Canyon in Chivay, Andes Colca Hostal features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Some units feature a seating area for your convenience. Average score from 135 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$36

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Munay boutique hotel

Offering a terrace and views of the mountain, Munay boutique hotel is set in Chivay in the Arequipa Region, 2.9 km from Colca Canyon. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 27 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

$20

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Colca Wasi

Featuring free WiFi, Colca Wasi offers accommodation in Chivay. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have views of the mountain or city. The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. Average score from 250 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$30

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Los Portales de Chivay

Featuring free WiFi and a terrace, Los Portales de Chivay offers pet-friendly accommodation in Chivay. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms have a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$30

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See all hotels in Colca Canyon.
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Sumaq Wayra

Sumaq Wayra

Sumaq Wayra is located in Yanque, 300 metres from Yanque. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms include a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower. Average score from 215 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$24

$248.9
Samana Wasi

Samana Wasi

Located a 10-minute drive from Chivay Town, Samana Wasi offers accommodation in Yanque. A complimentary Continental breakfast is served daily. Rooms here are decorated with rustic designs, a desk and a private bathroom with hot water. Average score from 41 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$35

 
$358.9
Colca Wasi Kolping Hostal

Colca Wasi Kolping Hostal

Colca Wasi Kolping Hostal offers pet-friendly accommodation in Chivay. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have a seating area where you can relax. Average score from 27 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$30

$308.8
Hotel Colca Inn

Hotel Colca Inn

Hotel Colca Inn is located in Chivay, 1 km from Colca Canyon and 300 metres from Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free WiFi is featured and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 215 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$38

$388.6
Tradicion Colca

Tradicion Colca

Featuring a new indoor pool, a garden and an on-site bar, Tradicion Colca offers rural accommodation in Yanque, 7 km from Chivay. An American breakfast is served daily and there is a restaurant that serves Peruvian dishes for lunch and dinner. Average score from 194 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$30 - $88

 
$308.5
La Posada del Conde Lodge

La Posada del Conde Lodge

La Posada del Conde Lodge provides its guests with free breakfast and free Wi-Fi in Colca. The town of Tinchollo is located 10 km away. Rooms here have colourful walls and elegant dark-wood furniture. Average score from 252 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$40

$408.4
Hotel Kuntur Wassi

Hotel Kuntur Wassi

Comfortable rooms with cosy rustic style-decor and mountain views are offered in Cabanaconde. An American breakfast is included and there is an on-site restaurant with a la carte dishes. Average score from 121 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$36

 
$368.3
Colca Wasi

Colca Wasi

Featuring free WiFi, Colca Wasi offers accommodation in Chivay. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have views of the mountain or city. The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. Average score from 250 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$30

$308.1
Andes Colca Hostal

Andes Colca Hostal

Set 900 metres from Colca Canyon in Chivay, Andes Colca Hostal features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Some units feature a seating area for your convenience. Average score from 135 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$36

$367.8
Los Portales de Chivay

Los Portales de Chivay

Featuring free WiFi and a terrace, Los Portales de Chivay offers pet-friendly accommodation in Chivay. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms have a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$30

$307.4
Sierra Alta Colca

Sierra Alta Colca

Set 1 km from Colca Canyon in Chivay, Sierra Alta Colca features a restaurant and free WiFi. Each room includes a flat-screen TV. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Average score from 31 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

$30

 
$307.3
La Pascana del Inka

La Pascana del Inka

Located in front of the main square, 1 km from Chivay terminal station, La Pascana del Inka offers free Wi-Fi and buffet breakfast in Arequipa. A garden is featured on site. Providing a tranquil environment. Average score from 62 guest reviews: 6.8/10.

$41

 
$416.8

Highlights:

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Natural
Unusual Local Feature

Deep Canyon

The Colca Valley is an area of astounding scenic beauty, with giant Andean terraces and a deep canyon that reach a depth of 3140 metres. A journey to the Colca valley will take you throughout high Andean plateau, reaching at one point a high pass of 4800 metres, which offers fine views of the Volcanoes.

Along the way visitors can enjoy unique natural sceneries, as well as animal life; such as herds of Vicuñas (a wild relative of Llamas and Alpacas) and various types of birds, of which stand out the giant hummingbird, eagles, gooses and the mighty Andean Condor.
Hiking and Trekking
The Canyon offers wonderful treks down to its button, descending throughout huge mountains, exploring oasis-like valleys, thermal springs, and camping outdoors.

Between Callalli, at the high end of the Colca valley, and Tapay, in the depths of the Colca canyon, you'll find a range of microclimates that vary with altitude: 1. In the cold, dry, highlands, livestock production predominates, focused on alpaca and llamas 2. In the middle zone, agriculture is more important, featuring products such as corn, quinoa, barley, beans, and a variety of potatoes, as well as dairy production 3. Deeper in the canyon, due to the warmer climate, fruit production is possible, including avocados, lucuma, peaches, and apples.
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