We love last minute decisions. Last Monday, as Nancy and I sat around the house, we said, “Let’s go to Colca Canyon tomorrow!” This is one of Arequipa’s nearby claims to fame and we have just never got around to going, even after a year of living here.
So we walked into town, bought a couple of pairs of decent hiking boots and booked a three-day trek with Oasis Palmeras Travel. There’s more than a dozen companies here that provide one to three day treks, tours and everything in between. I did a little research on the Internet and just picked one.
More than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon (about 3400m at its deepes point) and over 100km long, Colca Canyon has the distinction of being the second deepest canyon in the world. Unlike the Grand Canyon, it is formed by volcanic formations reaching skyward instead of deep erosion by a river over millennia of time. Read More