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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon April 24th 2010

After a long weekend of relaxing in Cuzco after Machu Picchu we took an overnight bus to Arequipa, a 10 hour journey south. We were here to organise a tour to Colca Canyon to see the condors that it is famous for. Arequipa itself is a pleasant city. Sitting at an altitude of 2380m it enjoys spring like weather all year round. The central Plaza de Armas and surrounding streets are attractive and a good place stay, have drinks, or grab something to eat. The trip to Colca Canyon was excellent. An early start on day one and a bit of bumping around in the mini bus but once there it made for a challenging and interesting trek. The sky was full of condors at the main view point Cruz Del Condor. We stood for almost ... read more
Colca Canyon

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon March 29th 2010

We rocked into Arequipa at about midnight woke up the hostel staff and slumped into bed exhausted. We awoke the next morning with a beautiful day ahead of us and a new city to explore. We came to the garden of the hostel for breakfast and were greeted with the city´s two formidable guardians. The peaks of El Misti and Pichu Pichu rose up in our view, with their snow caps to remind us that we definitely were still in the Andes. We had little expectations of Arequipa, our visit was solely based upon trekking the Colca canyon. We headed into the urban fold of Peru´s second largest city with an open mind and a fresh palate. We ventured towards the Plaza de Armas and felt as though we´d stepped into the plaza of a fancy ... read more
Basilica Cathedral
Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon March 9th 2010

South America has yet ceased to amaze me. Every single corner I turn seems to bring with it a brand new breath taking view and I have to say that Peru is currently the winner. This morning was a 5am wake up to see if we could see any condors flying through the canyon. We were so lucky. On the way to the condor view point we saw 4 sitting atop a hill and as they began to fly, 14 more decided to join them. What a great display - fantastic to see them flying through the valleys. And given that there are only around 70-80 condors in Peru, I felt very fortunate to see 18 all at once. Then there was a trek through the canyon for an hour, taking in the scenery. After the ... read more
Girl and her new pet

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon March 8th 2010

Yet another early morning to get a private bus to the Colca Canyon - about 3 hours from Arequipa ( if you don't stop.) We however, stopped many times. Our first stop was at a little shop to buy water and cocoa leaves. Cocoa leaves are used everyday by people who live in the high altitude to help them deal with the altitude better (or really just because it makes them less tired so that they can get on with things oh and there are those who are addicted to them.) You need 500kg of them to make 1kg of cocaine so chewing a couple of leaves doesn't quite have the same effect. I chewed a couple and they tasted like really strong black tea. They were a bit disgusting so I won't be doing that ... read more
Well, hello!

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon February 25th 2010

Arequipa Walked around Arequipa all day with some friends that I met at the hostal, a couple from San Diego, Mike and Jackie. A English guy, Jeremy who is currently living in Ireland. And another lady, Penni, from England. They had all been volunteering in Pisco rebuilding homes and helping the communities. The White city def. lives up to its name. Beautiful Spanish colonial arcitecture, with the most elaborate buildings made of the white volcanic stone from the area. The churches and government buildings are covered in carvings and molds, with huge columns. We ended up checking out several markets and doing some souvenier shopping and pricing. Looking at everything from sweaters, hats, scarves, slippers, bags, everything you can think of as a Peruvian export. Asking the price at most the places, we would always ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon February 20th 2010

Another day, Yet another story. At about 630pm two nights ago I was preparing to set out to travel to Cusco. This being the last leg of my South American journey, I was to stop here, then travel onwards to Lima, where Im flying out of on Sunday. At this time I thought that I would search online to find out what time the buses were departing from Cusco to Lima..... As we all know the roads and the Inca trail leading up to Macchu Picchu have been closed due to heavy rainfall, but did anyone know that the road in between Cusco and Lima was also washed out? Well, it is. In a huge hurry I ran to the travel agency of which I bought my ticket to beg them to switch it to the ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon February 2nd 2010

I was picked up by a van at 3.30am on Tuesday 2 February and we drove for 4 hours to Chivay. All nine people on the tour slept for the whole journey so we only started to get to know each other over breakfast. After our buffet breakfast in Chivay, we got back in the van and drove for a couple of hours through Colca Canyon which is over twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA. Then we stopped at the lookout points at Cruz del Condor where we saw a few Andean Condors soaring through the air on their early morning hunt. They are one of the largest flying birds in the world weighing 20-26 pounds with a wing span of more than 9 feet. After spending an hour admiring these birds ... read more
15 foot wingspan
Looking Out
Church Service

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon February 1st 2010

We arrived in Arequipa and the first thing we did was set up a three day trek to Colpa Canyon, which is the highest canyon in the world. We figured since we could not do the Inca trek we were going to do a trek through the canyon. The first day in Arequipa we were still a little tired from our last trip so we took it easy and did a bus tour. The tour took us around the whole town and showed us all the sights. Arequipa is a beautiful town with three huge volcanoes in sight. We went to bed early because our tour was leaving the next day at three in the morning. The first day in our tour we headed down the Canyon. This took us about four hours to get down. ... read more
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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon January 28th 2010

The trekking! We came to Arequipa at 4 AM and went straight to the hostel were we got a few hours of sleep. The following day we booked the trekking and then went out to have a look at the city of Arequipa. It's called the White City because of the white stone it's build with. We went for a walk and bought an ice cream to cool us down when we met a very short and very talkative little man wihout teeth. He was completely harmless though, so when we offered to give us a little tour of his neighbourhood we agreed. (For those of you who doubt our judgement should take a look at the pictures and you'll see why we trusted him. He was'nt only a head shorter than Jonna, like the average ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon January 18th 2010

We had another lazy day in Cusco sleeping in and eating nice food (well I wasn’t really eating as I was on a very strict diet), getting our laundry done etc… The next day we took a flight to the second biggest city in Peru- Arequipa. We had one night in Arequipa and then the next day we took the bus to the Colca Canyon which is apparently the deepest canyon in the world. On that first day of our tour we didn’t see of go close to the canyon, we just drove through a national reserve where we saw some vicunas and stopped at a few touristy places. Vicunas are relatives of the llama they live in the high alpine areas of the Andes between the altitudes of 4000 to 5,500 metres; they are believed ... read more
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