The Colca Canyon – PERU
The Colca Canyon is the second biggest canyon in the world. (No, the first biggest is not the Grand Canyon in the United States despite its arrogant title, it’s actually another the Cotahuasi Canyon just up the road in Peru!) At 4,160 meters it is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and is Peru’s third biggest tourist attraction.
This short but very interesting two-day trek starts in the lush valley town of Chivay and takes you into the open heart of the canyon where the massive condor swoop and prickly cactus shoot up from the arid earth. It’s a very different type of trek to the others on the list as you walk down into the canyon with amazingly steep cliffs rising all around, then climb out of the gorge the next day.