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The Colca Valley & Canyon

Listed under Traditional Cultures in Arequipa, Peru.

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Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, the Colca Canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world. Attractions include condor viewing, trekking, some fabulous outdoor hot springs, ancient pre-Incan tombs, and the unique and fascinating local indigenous culture.

Written by  Mike Lyvers.

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The Colca Valley & Canyon

Here men and rivers have shaped the mountain landscape into long stair like tiers along the valley floor where they have planted crops and built up their towns, battered in turn by the lands rumbling quakes. The people who live here can trace their ancestors back to before the Incas, some of their traditions and the terraces date from that time.

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