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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon April 11th 2013

Kaip planavę, atsikeliam iš ryto ir keliaujam tiesiai į autobusą su visais daiktais, nes po kondorų stebėjimo pradėsim savo kelių dienų žygį pėsti. Autobusas pilnut pilnutėlis žmonių, dauguma vietiniai važiuojantys tik kelis kilometrus iki savo trobos. Nežinau ką jie čia visi taip anksti veikia. Autobuse taip pat pasirodo piktai atrodanti vakarykštė policininkė ar parko prižiūrėtoja kuri patikrina ar visi turistai turi bilietus kanjono lankymui. Vistik gerai, kad vakar nusipirkom. Už gero pusvalandžio išlipam kondorų stebėjimo vietoje. Su mumis taip pat išlipa ir nemažai vietinių prekiautojų pardavinėjančių suvenyrus. Žmonių visai nedaug, panašu, kad atvykom vieni pirmūjų. O laikas čia būti tikrai pats tas, ant uolos, gal už 10 metrų nuo mūsų tupi 4 didžiuliai kondorai. Aš pasiemu fotiką ir einu dar arčiau, prieinu gal per 5 metrus nuo ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon March 13th 2013

I am hoping that the blog title will have captured your interest, because this was an absolutely amazing 2 day tour. For all of the internal freak outs I have had on this trip, my overnight trip to the Colca Canyon was absolutely postcard perfect. Pick up was at 7:30 yesterday morning. When the guide told me that it was a small group, I didn’t expect that it would be only 1 other person on the trip, and he was on a 3 day tour, so today I was the only person on the tour. For someone who doesn’t like crowds, this was an unexpected surprise. Both the guide and the driver were incredibly friendly and helpful. I swear, that driver had eyes like a hawk. He could spot a chinchilla resting on rocks beside the ... read more
Volcanic Rock Formation

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon December 16th 2012

Ons het vanoggend 'n vroeë begin gehad. Ontbyt 5:30 en 6:00 oppad na die Conder Cross uitkyk punt ind die canyon. Oppad het die gids ons omtrent die hele geskiedenis vertel van die Inka en pre-Inka wat die terrasse gebou het in die vallei. Daar is letterlik duisende terrasse wat gebou was 1400 jaar gelede en tot vandag toe gebruik word. Hy het ook grafte uitgewys wat hoog op teen die krans was. Dit was blykbaar vir baie belangrike Inkas. Weird! By die Conder Cross uitkyk punt het daar klomp mense rond gesit met kamers en verkykers en wag vir die Condors om hulle verskyning te maak. Ons het seker vir 50min ronde gesit, maar niks nie. Terwyl ons gestaan en wag het dat die bussie ons moet oplaai maak die Condors hulle verskyning in die ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon August 8th 2012

Machu Picchu is a hard act to follow, so we were keeping expectations low as we headed toward Peru's canyonlands. An all day ten hour bus ride from Cusco to Arequipa gave us time to read, relax and take in the colorful Peruvian countryside. The ride to Arequipa is the Altiplano of Peru, high altitude treeless plains sliced by lazy rivers, rural farms, and rocky roads leading off to far off ranches and valleys. Boredom is rarely present, for if one becomes tired of scenery outside the window, the action inside the bus can be entertaining. Hence, at a short middle of nowhere stop, a couple of Indian women board with a large greasy bag smelling of something cooked. Surprisingly, they display a huge chunk of roasted Alpaca right down the bus aisle. Watch you step ... read more
Volcano Misty Outside Arequipa
Santa Catalina Convent
Colonial Water Filter at Santa Catalina

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon August 6th 2012

Our bus from Cusco was pretty uneventful and we arrived in Arequipa at sparrow farts in the morning and got dropped off at the main Plaza, to grab some much needed breakfast before finding our hostel. We didn’t think they would appreciate a 6:30 check in! Arequipa wasn’t in our original plans but, after a few recommendations from fellow travelers, we were keen to check out the popular Colca Canyon and see the beautiful Condor birds from the canyon walls. Before setting out on the trek we pottered around town for 2 days, regaining our energy and taking in the awesome scenery! The city is surrounded by a group of volcanoes, some dormant and some quite active. El Misti dominates the skyline with its symmetrical cone and little white snowcap. I was truly in awe, as ... read more
Arequipa Plaza de Armas
Going over
James regretting his glacial water swim

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon July 15th 2012

Three day trek in the Colca. No text needed. Its just stunning.... read more
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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon July 8th 2012

So we were off on a 6 hour bus journey to begin our next trekking escapade. The journey in itself was an experience. This was truly a local bus. We stopped every few minutes to pick up people on the roadside. We had a comedian performing, a one man band of panpipes, singing and guitar (John bought his CD he he), the well-dressed local ladies with a new fashion of handmade embroidered skirts and waistcoats or sequined hats, every seat taken and every aisle space taken up even more and a smelly duck! At this stage 6 hours feels like nothing to us but the constant madness did feel a bit much today for some reason! We arrived as darkness fell on the town of Cabanaconde. This was to be our home for the night. A ... read more
Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon July 2nd 2012

The journey over from Puno to Arequipa was simply stunning, with the road rising to way over 4,000m and passing lakes and volcanic, snow-capped mountains one of which is known as "El Misti". There were thousands of Alpacas and Llamas roaming around and we were lucky enough to see some herds of wild Vicunas, like a cross between a camel and a deer but sadly now an endangered species. In what felt in the middle of nowhere is Arequipa, a sprawling city nestled inbetween mountains. Arequipa was just a stop off en-route to Colca Canyon but definitely worth a visit for the beautiful monastery built from white Volcanic stone and the sunset over the city is really something to see. At 3,181m deep, the Colca Canyon is the 2nd largest canyon in the world and the ... read more
Feliz Cumpleanos Chivay
Remember Larry!!

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon June 20th 2012

After extricating myself from the clutches of La Paz, I made my way to Colca Canyon in an effort to purify myself by trekking in the wild environs of southern Peru. This canyon is actually deeper than the Grand Canyon and only plays second fiddle to one other canyon which also slithers its way through a nearby region in Peru, albeit a little more remotely located. Joining me on this trekking endeavour were some great people that I ran into whilst walking around the streets of Arequipa, recognising them as members of the bar staff from my hostel in La Paz. After a brief discussion, we all realised that we had the same aim of escaping party central in La Paz and restoring a healthy balance to our lives by going trekking. After having a conversation ... read more
Morning in Sangalle Oasis
One of many scenic places of eternal rest spotted during the trek.
With my trekking buddy, Ben from Arizona.

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon June 20th 2012

One of the joys of travelling without a fixed itinerary, is taking a delightful side trip. Often these can be the highlight of a trip. So on the recommendation of our Lima travel agent, we departed Arequipa for a two day trip to the deepest canyon in the world at 3,000 metres (9,842 feet), the Colca Canyon. The drive out was interesting as we departed on the Interoceanic Highway. It stretches from the Coast of Brazil to the Coast of Peru and it cost of US$2,000 million to build. The first thing I observed was that for the first 10 kilometres out of Arequipa our bus had climbed, twisted and turned more than a 10 hour bus ride in Argentina. Our guide (Ebber) gave us a commentary of what we would see along the way. The ... read more
Protected vicuñas
Chivay from yet another tourist stall stop
Leigh getting a whipping

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