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Description

Cruz del Condor (204)
Cruz del Condor (204)
15° 37′ 21″ S, 71° 58′ 44″ W

The Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru located about 160 km north-west of Arequipa. With up to 3,500 m, it is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. The colourful valley is the home of the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus). The name Colca refers to small holes in the cliffs used in Inca and pre-Inca times as tombs and to store potatoes and crops.

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Main Sights

  • Cruz del Condor: At this pass where condors soar gracefully on the rising thermals occurring as the air warms; the canyon floor is 1,200 m below the rim of the canyon.
  • Chivay, Maca, Cabanaconde: A series of small villages is spread along the valley.

See also

Peru

Machu Picchu (1)
Machu Picchu (1)

Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America. It is bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the south-east by Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.… [Read more]