GRAND CANYON ADVENTURES IN PERU
Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon (below), Peru’s Colca Canyon (above) sits high up in the Andes at an elevation of 3,650 metres and descends to 3,400 metres at its deepest point. This magnificent fissure in the heart of Inca territory is the country’s third most popular attraction and home to the endangered Andean condor. Visitors can get up close to one of these majestic birds that regularly soar through on thermal updrafts, often swooping overhead at close photographic range. Trekking at altitude isn’t for everyone and there is also the option of a 600-metre zipline between the canyon walls or, for the more low-key traveller, a session at Calera hot springs. Keep those energy levels up and eat Novo-Andean cuisine at Quinoa Restaurant in Yanque, with alpaca burgers and Peruvian trout escabeche; or, satisfy primal urges with a wood-fired artisanal pizza at Cabanaconde’s popular Pachamama hostel restaurant. Stay in the rustic stone house Casa Andina (from Dh260), which also has its own mini planetarium with nightly viewings, or chill out at Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs (from Dh650) where the thermal waters are a bath-robed step away. Getting there: Air France flies to Lima via Paris; then catch a connecting flight to Peru’s second city, Arequipa.