200 km (124 miles) north of Arequipa lies one of Peru's truly incredible natural wonders: a geological formation reportedly twice as deep as the American Grand Canyon that has been dubbed one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Home to incredible panoramic vistas, Inca and Spanish ruins and the magnificent Andean condor, it's a wonder this crevice is still relatively unknown to many of the country's yearly visitors (although its remoteness definitely adds to its appeal).
Far from being simply a postcard destination, Colca Canyon provides visitors with a host of available world class adventures. Whether you plan on hiking, biking, rafting Rio Colca, or discovering new revelatory cultural experiences, this is an adventure not to be missed on your trip to Peru.
Location:200 km (124 miles) northwest of Arequipa, Peru
Note:Sites to investigate: La Calera hot springs, Cruz del Condor scenic pass, Toro Muerto cemetary.