May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Trekking Colca Canyon

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Sunny Land Tours
6 $2,195 camping

The Route: A donkey-supported trip from Huambo into a vast, arid, 10,600-foot-deep canyon, with stops at remote Indian villages and waterfalls, plus a drive over the 14,000-foot Altiplano. The trip takes 11 days.

When to go: May to October

Difficulty: Moderate

Travel advisory: If possible, avoid the October trip; biting blackflies in the canyon can be voracious at that time of year.

High/low points:

  • Watching an Andean condor, the world's largest bird, soar over this, the world's deepest canyon.
  • Grunting up 6,000 hot and relentless vertical feet on the last day's trek.

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