With the different needs and tastes of our clients in mind, we have designed a wide range of excursions to help them enjoy all that the Colca Canyon has to offer.
We recommend an early start to visit the Cruz del Condor, site where you can observe the majestic flight of this Andean bird. The lookout point also happens to be situated in front of one of the canyon’s deepest sections.
You can also visit any of the more important Colonial villages scattered about both sides of the Colca River, each featuring lovely squares and churches, prime examples of the religious Renaissance that took place during the Viceroyalty of Peru.
The guide will lead you on horseback or bicycle through lands that were once inhabited by Pre-Incan tribes and later by the Cabanas and Collaguas, civilizations that left traces of their grandeur in different archeological ruins, terraced hillsides that we see throughout the valley, impressive gravesites – the so-called “tumbas colgantes” (hanging tombs) – and collcas (a type of food storehouse).
Lastly, you can take a relaxing dip in any of the five Calera hot springs that are just 4 km (2.5 miles) from the hotel, about a 45 minute walk. For real thrill seekers, there is a zipline that crosses the river straight through the heart of the Colca Canyon.
La Cruz Lookout Point: El Señor de los Andes (The Lord of the Andes)
Condors are a symbol of Hanan Pacha, which in the Andean world view means “the world above”. These magnificent birds soar between the canyon walls, and they get an early st...