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The canyons of Peru

One of the deepest canyons in the world is located six hours away from Arequipa. This amazing Peruvian landscape offers you old villages, terrace cropping, condor birds, and a surprising oasis near the Colca river. The best tour option is three days trekking downwards and then climbing more than 1,200 meters in three hours from 2,100 feet over sea level. Or you can always do it by yourself without taking a tour. Just ask the locals for information. [Photos by Jessica Parra Nowajewski]