Killer Colca Canyon - Dust, domestics and petty theft October 27th 2011 This leg of our journey starts in Arequipa, a town built at the base of a volcano, El Misti, and another one close by. The buildings here are all built of a pretty white stone called sillar. We did what all the tourists do and went to visit Juanita - a 500 year old mummy who was sacrificed at the tender age of 15 by the Inca civilisation to appease the mountain gods (ie volcanoes).
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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by the Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces defeated in 1... ... read more