Colca Canyon

A Peruvian canyon that runs twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and serves as the home for the Andean Condor.

Colca Canyon Quick Facts:

  • More than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon
  • Greatest depth occurs at the Nevado Ampato extinct volcano

Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon is located in southern Peru. It is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon but it is not as deep as its sister Cotahuasi Canyon. The canyon was created by the Colca River which starts high in the Andes mountains flowing through the canyon and changing names twice before flowing into the Pacific Ocean.

The greatest depth of the canyon occurs at Nevado Ampato, an extinct volcano, with a vertical rise of 20,630 feet (6,288 m). The Colca Canyon is home to the Andean Condor which is a frequent attraction for visitors who watch the condors soar through the air hunting for food.

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More will follow on the Colca Canyon as it is declared an official or notable wonder of South America.