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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon May 25th 2012

So 27 hours after we set off from Huaraz we arrived an hour ahead of schedule into Arequipa... These Cruz del Sur buses rock!!!! A short taxi ride later and we were being shown around our new home for the evening Arequipa Backpackers..... After seeing the upstairs roof terrace, downstairs garden complete with hammocks and gas heater for keeping the chill off in the evenings, huge kitchen, 2 DVD Rooms, Pool Room, Play Station Room, 3 PCs...... All for the bargain price of £5.50 per night.... Oh and to quote... 'we're sorry we don't provide breakfast but we do offer fresh bread daily, which is complimentary' didn't take much thinking about.... We booked for another night! By 1pm we were heading out to explore.... Arequipa's a really pretty place, surrounded by volcanos and snow topped mountains, ... read more
Volcano Misty
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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon May 7th 2012

I am writing this entry sat almost alone in the worlds deepest canyon, the Colca. Valley, high in the Andres at 3500 meters. Snow capped mountains and volcanos in the distance. lush green valley wall and far below me a river of which I can just here its sound. Above me two Condors are circling, catching the thermals created by the sun and the valley. Thirty minutes ago there were over 200 tourists here.but they have now left and it's just me and the magnificent, butt ugly Condors. Oh and Peruvian women selling their wares, and they don't count.So what made me get out of my pit at the unholy hour of 2.45am following a great barbecue the night before? Condors and apparently ... read more
condor time 2
Condor with canyon.
the crew

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

We've had some early starts on this trip, but this one really takes the biscuit. 2.30am, the alarm goes off and it feels like we've barely had time to fall asleep. Which might be because we barely have had time to fall asleep. Lying awake in the dark, I wonder why do we do this to ourselves. Wanting to make the most of our few days in Peru before we continue north to Colombia, we've arranged to go on a three day trip to Arequipa province's famous canyon country. I certainly hope it's worth it - I don't get out of bed at 2.30 in the morning for just anyone. Three in the morning and the streets of Arequipa are dark and deserted. Out of absolutely nowhere a minibus appears. We get on and sit down ... read more
Nothing but greens...
Aptly named Cruz del Condor
Canyon del Colca

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

Rushed through breakfast this morning as were unaware that plans for departure time had been amended and were leaving 15 minutes earlier than advised the previous afternoon. A two hour drive along a winding pass to Colca Canyon in the company of a Guide. The Guide talked to us about the area and the inhabitants who originally bandaged babies to either elongate and thin their faces or make them squat and fat depending on the area from which they originated. This mutilation was stoppd by the Conquistadors who enforced Catholism and the Spanish language on pain of death. The scenery was absolutely stunning. It is the deepest canyon in the world allegedly but not the part we saw. The deepest part would be a further 6 hrs driving and 9 hrs walking..... We hung around viewing ... read more
Return from the Colca Canyon
Return from Colca Canyon

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon January 22nd 2012

As it's understood we did not have access to the Internet or even phone because we were up in a canyon. The Colca canyon, which is even bigger than the Grand Canyon in the States. It's a really long way to reach it, imagine that we started at 8 in the morning and we reached the main town at 2 . Arequipa Arequipa andthe surrounding towns are build from volcanic ash, and it's needless to say that theyexploit it as. Est they can, the have their volcanic springs and even more they have a cementfactory that uses the white volcanic ash to produce their cement. This Factory is in Yura. Another interesting fact about Arequipa is that it was divided into 3 sub cities Arequipa and 2 others that were divided by Stradivari , namesakes are ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon December 28th 2011

In all our time on this earth, neither Donna nor I had ever had to set an alarm for 2.00am. This all changed though for our trip to Colca Canyon, as the bus was due to pick us up at the Hostel at 3.00am! As we were getting ready in the middle of the night while others were no doubt still queuing to get into clubs on the other side of town, we just prayed that this trip would be worth it…. Once the bus arrived, we climbed on, gave a quick ‘Hola’ to our fellow sleepy trek goers, and settled in the seat to try and get some shut eye that our bodies were crying out for. Five hours later with a small stop in-between to pay our entrance fee to the national park, we ... read more
Looking at the Canyon
Our destination
View from the lunch spot

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon November 23rd 2011

23.11.2011 Colca Canyon Up early, again, to try and see some condors. We went to Colca Canyon (apparently one of the deepest canyons) where we waited and waited for the condors. The condors are the second biggest flying bird (wingspan of about 3.2 meters) and up to the age of 100. As we got to the viewing point, our guide then informed us that it was nesting season so we might not see any!! Great. Pretty much a 2 day drive to not see anything! So we waited, and after an hour or so (baring in mind we only had about 2 hours until we had to go again) we eventually saw our first one. It started off at the bottom of the canyon, they followed the contours of the mountain, and slowly got higher and ... read more
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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon 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). We decided to venture off on our 4th hike of this trip, this time into the very dry and dusty Colca Canyon. Although tourists are encouraged to take a guide, we decided to do it alone, armed with a very rudimentary map (which, we soon found out, had many errors). We set off with tent and food in hand, excited about ... read more
Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon October 14th 2011

News from South America 2 - Peru 2 Having recently moved from the Amazon Rainforest, we are struck by the diversity of cultures we have already encountered here in Peru. But as yet, we have not discovered the forces that persuaded that Australian lady to give up her home and her husband of thirty years to come here to Peru. Could it possibly be the delightful climate of Arequepa, the remote rainforest of the Amazon basin, the tiny self-sufficient villages set amongst the patchwork fields of the Colca Valley, the unmatched colour and culture of Cusco, the enigma that is Machu Picchu? I really don't know, so let's see what else might have tempted this lady back to Peru. With due diligence we have managed to avoid an attack of Montezuma's Revenge. Bottled water is cheap ... read more
Uros Islands
Uros Islands Lake Titicaca
Many coloured rush tyrant

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon September 25th 2011

Sunday (Sep. 25th) 3 am start. Obnoxiously early, but we had a 3 hour bus ride that we could sleep on so when I woke up for breakfast I was refreshed and ready to hike! Breakfast was slightly disappointing, just bread and jam, but that is normal here, so oh well. Another hour and a half bus ride and we reached our starting point for the hike. Brittany and I had started to get to know the other people on the bus and they were a really cool group, but then our bus driver called for the two of us to get off to meet our guide. Turns out we were hiking seperate, just the two of us with our guide. At first I was a bit bummed because it would have been fun to hike ... read more

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