Tag: Colca Canyon

The Colca Canyon & Valley constitute one of Peru’s most dramatic and spectacular natural landscapes. Said to be the deepest canyon in the world, the beautiful landscapes offer a range of interesting treks and hikes. Be on the lookout for vicunas, the smaller cousins to alpaca, and the majestic condor. Aracari offers bespoke private trips to Colca Canyon as part of a luxury, tailormade trip to Peru.

Madrigal Chimpa Fortress Hike in Colca Peru

Madrigal Chimpa Fortress Hike in Colca Peru

Recently back from an incredible inspection trip to The Colca Valley and Canyon, I want to share one of the highlights of my experience- a half day hike in Colca Peru to the pre-Incan Madrigal Chimpa Fortress. The Madrigal Chimpa Fortress (4,412m) sits high above the Colca Valley, where it has kept watch over the lands below since 1,200 AD. The exact historical meaning of the ruins remains a mystery to visitors and locals alike, but it is thought to have been the military fortress that divided the clashing Collagua and Cabana…

Top 10 Things to Do In Peru

Top 10 Things to Do In Peru

If you tell anyone you’re visiting Peru, they expect to hear that Machu Picchu is the focal point of your trip – and so it should probably be! The incredible Inca citadel is worthy of the hype, and an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity. But it’s certainly not all that Peru has to offer. Here we pick out our top 10 things to do in Peru, to help you with your holiday planning. Pick your favourite experience and then get in touch! Our expert planning team are…

Exploring Peru’s Colca Canyon

Exploring Peru’s Colca Canyon

If you love hiking and trekking, Peru should definitely be on your bucket list of places to visit. The Andes mountain range runs north to south along Peru’s spine – an endless playground for adventure seekers and lovers of the outdoors. While most people immediately think of the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, there are many other options around the country. Have a look at our Trekking in Peru suggestions – there are loads of quieter and lesser-trodden trails offering a chance to connect with some fantastic scenery, ancient ruins…

Colca Canyon Churches

Colca Canyon Churches

Among the highlights of visiting the Colca Canyon, four hours outside of Arequipa, are majestic condors, pre-Inca archaeology and terracing and Colca Canyon churches from the colonial era. Visiting the Colca Canyon Churches When I visited with another Aracari team member in February, which is supposed to be the wettest month of rainy season, it barely even sprinkled–what luck! The recommended spots to visit change depending on the season because the amount of rain can make some roads treacherous to travel on. As a result of the good weather, we…

Colca Lodge Opens New Adobe Suites

Colca Lodge Opens New Adobe Suites

The Colca Lodge is a charmingly rustic property in the Colca Valley of southern Peru. Set on the bank of the Colca River, the lodge’s design immerses guests in the lush surrounding landscape. The lodge boasts several eco-credentials, employing ecological radiant heat panels, geothermal energy and solar power to heat the water. Recently they reopened six renovated suites made of adobe with traditional thatch roofs, which naturally regulate temperature, maintaining coolness under the hot sun and act as insulation in the chilly nights. Each of the ample suites…