The Colca Valley is a special part of Peru and part of the Andean mountains. You are going
to be in one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. In fact, outside of the
Himalayas it is impossible to find more peaks over 20,000 feet in such a concentrated
location. “The Valley of the Fire” and “The Kingdom of the Condor” are just some of the many
titles given to the Colca Valley, whose river has carved out a dizzying canyon in a geographic
fault that plunges down to 3,400 m in depth (twice as deep as the Grand Canyon) and runs
for more than 200 km in total. The valley has been inhabited since pre-Inca times.
The Colca Valley is 11,000 feet/3,400 meters above sea level, so there is a possibility you
may experience altitude sickness. We highly suggest you to take Acetazolamide (Diamox) to
avoid getting sick from the altitude. Take 125 mg to 250 mg twice a day starting two days
before arriving and continue for 3 – 5 days once the highest altitude is reached. Please see
your family physician or local health department for more info.
The seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are “reversed”. Days will be mostly sunny and
warm and nights and early mornings will be cold. Rapid changes in temperatures are
common in Colca Valley. The high temperature during the day will be around 70ºF/21°C and
the low temperature will be about 45ºF/7°C.