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Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles
Colca Canyon, Peru, Condors and Eagles

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

See You Later, Colca Canyon, Peru.

Here are Emille from NY See You Later’s Tips for planning your visit to Colca Canyon, Peru.

📆 When to go

April through September is the dry season, and it’s winter, so expect tourists and beautiful, cool weather.

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

🚌 How to get there

PeruHop buses from Puno to Arequipa, Peru. They have a ton of different city options across Peru and Bolivia, as well as a bus going to Colca Canyon every day. We chose PeruHop for their convenience and prices. They drop you off at hostels with discounted prices for PeruHoppers along their routes.

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

📚 What we learned & wish we had known

Negotiate with the tour companies if you’re booking outside of PeruHop.com. Findlocaltrips.com also offers great deals on excursions.

If you prefer to book tours in person, after arriving to town, comparison shopping can be a great way to save money, as well. Most excursions vary in experience and price from company to company, and most guides tend to try to rush you through the photo opportunities. So if you’re serious about photography, ask the companies and guides for a little extra time beforehand.

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

Tip— get the WhatsApp number of the owner or a salesperson so that if a discrepancy arises, you can contact them to discuss it.

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

🏨How long to stay

We recommend staying in Arequipa for two or three days to truly appreciate it, and two or three days for Colca Canyon hiking. Allow at least one day for recovery after the hike. The three day hike is the same distance as the two day hike, just more relaxed. This may be perfect if your schedule permits, or if you would like extra time for hiking or photography.

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

🦅🐑 What you will see

Condors, eagles, llamas, sheep and vicuñas—Peru’s National animal, which are quite rare. Vicuña wool is extremely expensive, as they must be caught in the wild, and can only be shorn every three years.

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

The first day of the hike is 16km, and is primarily downhill. You’ll be ready for a dip in the pool by the time you arrive at Paraiso Palmeras Lodge in Sangalle. Load up on carbs at dinner, as the hike starts at 03:30, as in “it’s pitch black dark, 3:30am,” and breakfast isn’t until you have completed the three hour vertical ascent to the top of the mountain. So buy ample water, protein bars and tangerines from the supermarket prior to the hike so that you will have enough fuel to complete the climb.

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

🎒 What to bring

A light backpack, flashlights, head lamps or cellphones to see in the dark, light and heavy jackets as the average temperature is 10 degrees celsius (50 fahrenheit) during the day, hiking boots, pants, shirts, bathing suits for the oasis pool and hot springs at Termales La Calera on the next day, sunscreen of at least SPF 50 because the sun is harsh, waterproof or moisture-wicking socks 🧦, snacks and plenty of water.

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

We recommend bringing $100 Peruvian soles, as the National Park admission is $70 soles, and you’ll want some cash for hot coffee and snacks after you finish the climb. Don’t lose the park admission ticket, or you will have to pay for it again at a checkpoint. The optional hot springs on the second day is $15 soles.

The Colca Canyon, at a depth of 4,160 meters (13,650 feet) is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. It is the second deepest canyon in the world, and a brutal climb, but the natural beauty and the photos we captured of condors and eagles made it a very fulfilling excursion.

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

Colca Canyon, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

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Hi, we’re Dan and Emille. We met at church in NYC in 2010 and in 2011 we were married in Central Park on the bow bridge. In the last 6 years of marriage we stopped paying NYC rent, and bought a place on the edge of Hoboken, NJ, with spectacular views of the NYC skyline, which has been really fulfilling for photography enthusiasts. We have been talking about having kids for the last 6 years, but the New York lifestyle would make it difficult as our families are in Florida and Brazil. So we sold our place and furniture, left some great jobs, and friends and decided to have travel the world before we have kids. We’re cultured, but not fancy. We've been to 21 countries, and would love to visit all of them. We try to experience things like the locals as much as possible. Read more about us here http://nyseeyoulater.com/2017/11/07/about-dan-emille/.

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