Places in Canyon Country
Behold the most accessible and popular segment of the canyon, a landscape dominated by agriculture and characterized by some of the most intensely terraced hillsides on earth. The greenery and accessibility has led this to becoming the canyon’s busiest region with the bulk of the business centered in the small town of Chivay.
Chivay is the Colca Canyon’s unashamedly disheveled nexus, a traditional town that has embraced tourism without (so far) losing its unkempt high country identity. Long may it continue! Around the market area and in the main square are good places to catch a glimpse of the decorative clothing worn by local Colca women.
Reserva Nacional Salinas Y Aguada Blanca
The trouble with all those organized Colca Canyon tours is that they rush through one of southern Peru’s finest protected reserves, a vast Andean expanse of dozing volcanoes and brawny wildlife forging out an existence against the odds several kilometers above sea level.
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