Situated in the north-east of the region about 160 km from Arequipa, the impressive Colca Valley extends. The path runs along the slopes of the Chachani, along the Salinas Aguada Blanca National Reserve and crosses fields where alpacas and creeks feed on ichu and yareta (umbrelliferous plants used as fuel).
The highest point of the route is located at 4,350 m asl. the Colca valley was created following the formation of an enormous fault in the earth's crust, and above all through millions of years of erosion. The latter houses the Colca river in its cavity and reaches a depth of 3400 meters. This makes it one of the deepest canyons in the world.
Villagers mainly dedicate themselves to agriculture using the Inca terraces since ancient times.
At 42 km from Chivay is instead the first village along the route, where from the Cruz del Condor, natural vantage point, you can observe the flight of the Condor and the Coropuna and Ampato volcanoes. From there you can also see a vast area of the canyon.