Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Back on my round-the-world trip from 2008-10, I realized this in the first person, when I hiked down to the bottom of it, spent the night, then was considering the prospect of hiking back up the next morning when the guide came up to the group and said “if anyone wants to take a mule back up….”
He didn’t finish the sentence before I said “sold!”
I wasn’t the only one that had a problem with hiking down and up this challenging location. My very good friend Ayngelina wrote a brief post about her failure there also in 2011 (she should have asked me about it before trying it — I think I will remind her of that over some Spanish wine soon).
This time, I was on an entirely different type of trip. I was touring the southern part of Peru in a fairly rapid fashion and luckily for me… there was not enough time to hike down and back on this trip. Instead, after staying in the very new Aranwa hotel, we took a tour of some of the towns around the edge of the Canyon, then headed to a couple of the best spots to view the large number of condors in the area.
Frankly…. a much better day that it would have been hiking. Here is my quick video about the Colca Canyon experience, from the topside — I hope you like it.
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