The Colca Valley in the Arequipa region of Peru is a landscape rich with monumental natural formations, hot springs, a deep canyon along the Colca River, countless ancient archaeological sites, a rich textile history and modern production, one of the last natural habitats for condors and it is historically a region transited by horsemen.
Travelling by horseback in the valley takes you along century old routes, over mountains, through canyons, crevaces, villages and across rivers. As no pasable roads existed to access the Colca Valley until the 1940s, the area consists of an endless network of horse and mule trails and a tradition of work and life with equines continues.
Driving through the Colca Valley is the canyon which is 10,725 feet ( 3,270 meters) deep and remains a natural home for giant condors, a bird very important in Andean cosmology. Travelling through the valley you will visit Incan and pre-Incan sites, colonial villages, still inhabited by people maintaining the ancestral traditions of farming stepped terraces and producing traditional textiles.
In the distance you can see the Ampato volcano and hot springs are never far away. The capital town and location where all buses and other transport arrive to in the Colca/Caylloma region is Chivay. Our outfit is located in Yanque, a small village just a few kilometers from Chivay.