It is located four hours away from Arequipa City. The road to the valley passes the slopes of the Chachani volcano, the Salinas Aguada Blanca National Reserve and fields populated with alpacas and vizcachas that feed off ichu and yareta (shrub-like plants that are used as fuel). The highest point of the valley is a height of 4,350 metres above sea level.
The valley contains archaeological legacies from the Collagua people, ancient inhabitants of the region, in terms of mysterious cave drawings and caves where storage vessels or recipients were kept to store cereals. It is a perfect spot for camping and walking.
40 km from Chivay, the first town on the road, there is a natural viewing spot from which tourists can watch the flight of condors from the Coropuna and Ampato volcanoes. Also from this spot, tourists can see the canyon zone, which touches a depth of 4,160 metres at its lowest point, making it the deepest in Peru.
In the various towns in the valley, accommodation and traditional food can be found, as well as beautiful handicraft in terms of carpets, embroidered skirts and blouses with coloured designs, as well as cut and embossed items in tin, candles and carved wood.
Minimum visiting time: 2 days.