Colca River, Arequipa


Colca River flowing through the canyon.

Colca River flowing through the canyon.

The province of Arequipa really is spoilt for mighty canyons, with the famous Colca Canyon reaching a depth of 3,270 m (10,725 ft), which is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, and second only to nearby Cotahuasi in Peru. It was formed by the Colca River, and there are a number of places along the river that can be rafted. 

The best-known of these routes starts in the town of Huambo, from where it is an all-day hike down into the valley, with mules carrying the equipment, to Canco, which is the put-in point. 

Most itineraries involve six day's paddling and camping, soon passing the confluence with the Mamacocha River, where the volume in the Colca River doubles and the rapids begin in earnest, with some graded as high as Class V. 

Colca Canyon is well-known for its condor population.

Colca Canyon is well-known for its condor population.

A natural highlight along the way is the 'Condor Shower' Waterfall, whose fine mist is used by these huge vultures to give their feathers a rinse. 

Eventually, the terrain levels out as the river nears the Pacific and the rafting ends in the Majes Valley, not far from the Toro Muerto Petroglyphs

Prices & Inclusions

ItineraryLengthPrices From
9 Days£2,961 / $3,870
Colca Rafting
- 2 Pax
9 Days£2,609 / $3,410
Colca Rafting
- 3-4 Pax
9 Days£2,165 / $2,830

Included in the above prices:

– Transportation Arequipa - Colca River - Arequipa.

– Professional, English-speaking Rafting Guide.

– All Rafting Equipment: Raft, Paddle, Life Jacket, Helmet, Paddle Jacket.

– Dry bags for personal belongings.

– Double Tents.

– All meals during the trip.


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