Introduction

Behold the most accessible and popular segment of the Cañón del Colca, a landscape dominated by agriculture and characterized by some of the most intensely terraced hillsides on earth. The greenery and accessibility has led to this becoming the canyon’s busiest region with the bulk of the business centered in the small town of Chivay. The Canyon’s unashamedly disheveled nexus, this traditional town 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. The town itself affords enchanting views of snowcapped peaks and terraced hillsides, and serves as a logical base from which to explore smaller towns further up the valley.