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Published: March 15th 2016
One last dip in the hot spring pools and we were off again. Colca canyon was the last destination before we start to retrace our steps, which are well over 1000 bus miles to return back to Lima.
We took another taxi this mornings, a 3 1/2 hour trip through the Salinas y Aguada Blanca, a vast expanse of strange shaped volcanoes, giant looking sandpits, herds of Llamas and Alpacas and bizarre rock formations perched almost unbelievably on top of sheer rock faces. Then, at the very top of the pass where you could see El Misti, the 19,000 ft volcano that overlooks our destination, Arequipar, there were hundreds of these little stone piles. Not conucal cairns as we know them, but single stone balanced upon single stone and so on. They looked like minature people frozen in time, quite eerie as there were just so many of them, a proper gathering of stoney folk.
Back in Arequipar, we stayed again at Casa De Mi Arbuela as the pool, hammocks and gardens were great for us all. The night came quickly and the cold of the pool hit Ed and Hat, so I took the vanguard and put the shower on
hot and their teeth soon stopped chattering.
Our mission tomorrow is to buy three hammocks to string up in a triangle in the garden. We'll post them home from Auckland, along with stuff that we realise we either don't need or don't need in such quantities.
Ed is excited about his birthday...
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