Many are drawn to the deep canyons of Peru for adventure sports like trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, whitewater rafting etc.

Over 3500m deep, the remote Cotahuasi canyon is the world’s deepest canyon. A natural wonder with beautiful waterfalls and towering mountains, it pre-Columbian remains as well as quaint Andean villages which have preserved their old world charm.

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Colca Canyon Image credit.

The more famous Colca canyon is over 3000m deep. It is home to the majestic Andean Condor. Visitors throng a spot called Cruz del Condor here to catch a glimpse of the world’s largest flying bird cruising the blue skies.

An Andean condor soars over the Colca Canyon. Image credit

The deepest point of the canyon houses an extraordinary burial place, the Toro Muerto cemetery of the Wari Indians. The ancient tribals buried their dead in the foetal position in graves dug deep into the steep cliff face.