Hiking into the depths of Colca Canyon

When people ask me where my favourite place in the world is, I can never give a definitive answer. There are, however, a few places, which always spring to mind, Colca Canyon in Peru being one of them. Colca Canyon truly takes my breath away for more than one reason…

Colca Canyon 2-day trek

Colca Canyon Trek
Colca Canyon – Photo Credit: Lucy A Travellers Footsteps

My journey began early in the morning, as we boarded a bus from Arequipa, Peru. It was a long and bumpy bus ride before we arrived at our first stop, the Cruz del Condor lookout where you can watch the condors soar around the top of the Canyon. I was in complete awe at the size of these birds and the way they can fly so effortlessly. I could have watched the condors all day, but I decided to take a tour of the Canyon, which meant running on a schedule.

Condor Colca Canyon Trekking
Condor – Photo Credit: Lucy A Travellers Footsteps

We drove a little further into the canyon before starting our two-day trek. As a keen hiker, I was off straight into the canyon and far ahead of my fellow hikers in no time. The hike was super steep and slippery, following a series of switchbacks along the side of a steep cliff, which made it important to watch my step, but this was difficult to do, as the views were just so unbelievably beautiful!

Lucy A Travellers Footsteps
Lucy – Photo credit: Lucy, A Travellers Footsteps

It wasn’t long before I reached the bottom of the canyon, where I raced to the flowing river to cool down. As it turns out, I made it down about an hour ahead of everyone else, so I had time to sit back and relax. We went to the very bottom of the canyon, then back up the other side to a local house where we stopped for lunch. By this stage, I was starving and couldn’t have been happier to arrive. We talked to the family living there and enjoyed a beautiful, home-cooked Peruvian lunch before the final – and hardest – stretch of the hike.

Colca Canyon 2 day tour
Condor – Photo Credit: Lucy A Travellers Footsteps

I must admit, during the final hours of the hike, I was struggling (not as much as some). It was nightfall before we arrived to our lodge in the base of the canyon; Day One was our longest day of hiking.

“This is one of the most breath-taking moments of my life and it’s one I will treasure forever”

After getting my shoes off and showering, I went outside and soon found myself in a state of admiration at what I saw next because never in my life have I never seen so many vibrant stars filling the night sky! This is one of the most breath-taking moments of my life and it’s one I will treasure forever.

Colca Canyon Tour
Colca Canyon – Photo Credit: Lucy A Travellers Footsteps

Another early morning was on the cards, with us starting the hike back up the canyon wall at 5 am. I arrived at the top of the canyon at 9 am, after four hours of constant stairs. Despite being completely exhausted I was on a mission, determined to be the first to the top… and isn’t the power of the mind crazy? Because I did it – and was the first up and the first to have breakfast – and a well-deserved breakfast at that!

Condor Colca Canyon Tour Peru
Condor above Colca Canyon –
Photo Credit: Lucy A Travellers Footsteps

For me, there is nothing better than hiking in complete nature as I did in Colca Canyon; it clears my mind and makes me feel grounded. While this hike was very challenging at times, it is one that I am proud to have done because I can now say I have reached the depths of one of the deepest canyons in the world!

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Hi! I'm a Belgian travel blogger currently living in Vancouver, Canada after living in the UK for 7 years. I have a keen interest in responsible travel, volunteering and archaeology and I'm always on the lookout for new adventures around the world!

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3 thoughts on “Hiking into the depths of Colca Canyon”

  1. Stuart Forster

    I love your photos. Out of interest, which is the world’s deepest canyon? I’m guessing the Grand Canyon but I’m not sure.

    1. Yes, Lucy captured the canyon and the condors quite well!
      I had to look this one up, as I had no idea either. It looks like the deepest canyon in the world is Yarlung Zangbo in Tibet.

  2. I do think Сanyon is an excellent place to explore whilst walking! I can think of nothing better than this place

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