The Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States, and a must-see for any visitor to Southern Peru. There isn’t a ton of detailed information in the guidebooks about how to get to the Colca Canyon or actually do the hike. Tours can be booked in Arequipa, which is 160 km southeast of the canyon, but if you’re a) On a budget, b) Don’t want to spend your whole tour waking up super early for a bus, or c) Want to do the hike without a guide, I have some tips for you!
Most people visit Peru to see the legendary Machu Picchu, either by train or the Inca Trail hike, and you certainly can’t plan a visit to Peru without seeing it. But there is so much to the country than the UNESCO World Heritage Site.