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Colca River, Peru
May, 2012
Photos & text: Robyn Khorshid

See Urubamba River Rapids, Peru, here




Low water and a gentle gradient.


Just upstream of preceding pic.


Big view of Colca River valley. Note the extensive terracing. Fields are irrigated from the snowmelt which is channelled from high above. The climate is quite dry here which is how come there's cactus!


I zoomed in on the rapid below the bridge in preceding pic.


Looking upstream at a rocky ride culminating in a big drop with powerful stopper. I am hundreds of metres above.

 
It's 1200m down to the river at the start of Colca Canyon, possibly the world's deepest, not here, but further down the lengthy 100km long canyon it's over 3000m deep. Doubt if it's paddleable, but you never know!

This place is famous for the condors which live on its rocky outcrops and soar around for the tourists, but you need a very good camera to capture them in flight.


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