It took seven months of traveling through Latin America before Kristin and I entered Peru. In that time, we met many tourists in other countries who had already been to Peru, and more than a few raved about hiking in Colca Canyon. I had to claim ignorance on this: I had never heard of this purported amazing trek in the deepest canyon in the world. I soon learned that Colca Canyon, at 4,160 meters (13,648 feet) from top to bottom, is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. However, there is no consensus on the “deepest” title as there are a variety of methods to measure a canyon. There are a few canyons in the Himalayas and one other in Peru that some consider deeper. Regardless, Colca Canyon shot to the top of our list of must-see natural wonders.

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