The Colca Valley, one of Peru’s top tourist destinations and home to the magnificent Andean condor, received more than 257,000 domestic and foreign visitors in 2013, a local tourism official has said.
According to the Autonomous Authority of Colca (Autocolca), this figure surpassed last year’s target of 250,000 visitors while in 2014 tourist arrivals are expected to reach 280,000.
Fredy Jimenez, head of Autocolca, said that most visitors in 2013 were foreigners coming from France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the United States and Canada, among other countries.
“An increasing number of European tourists are interested in visiting the natural landscapes of Colca Valley as well as its pre-Incan archaelogical sites,” Jimenez noted.
He added that visits by Peruvian tourists are also on the rise thanks to cheaper tour packages and special offers, including the chance to get two admission tickets for the price of one.
In 2012, the Colca Valley received nearly 220,000 domestic and foreigners visitors. This colorful valley is 160 km (99 miles) north of the Andean city of Arequipa in southern Peru.