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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon July 12th 2010

AREQUIPA. craziest adventure yet. so it all began with this massive double decker bus with blaring, horrendous, sort of tribal music along with music video. i was sitting on the top floor in the front row with a fantastic view of the night drive. the bus left at about 8 pm and was due to arrive in arequipa at 6 am. the road to arequipa is a windy, mountainous, scary as hell journey that was pretty awesome and terrifying at the same time. being in the front allowed me to witness the constant possible ways i could die, but the views were so cool and we were literally on the side of a mountain, taking up both lanes because the bus was so large. after half sleeping and half freezing because peruvians don´t seem to believe ... read more

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

Guides for Colca Canyon claim that it´s the deepest in the world, but I trust my topographical map, which ranks it as second only to Cotahuasi Canyon, which is also in the Arequipa region of Peru. Close enough, I guess. Expect to pay about 125 soles for the 2-day journey and 145 for the 3-day. I opted for the two day trek. The journey to the canyon begins at 3 AM and is a long, rough 6 hour journey on a dirt road. On the way we stopped for breakfast and to take pictures of condors. They were amazing, but the site is very touristy, as if we were on a cruise and stopping at various islands. The first day begins with a four hour hike into the canyon and across a bridge to a small ... read more
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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon June 15th 2010

We began our tour at 8:30am on Monday morning. We were picked up from our hostel in a van. As we were heading out of Arequipa, the tour guide was telling us interesting facts about the ciy. For example, there are 1.5 million people in Arequipa and they live right below an active volcano. According to her, if the volcano erupts, 60-70% of the people in the city will die. Pretty scary fact! Along the outskirts of the city were the poor areas where the houses were constructed by hand. There were tons of stray dogs. I saw a stray dog way out of even the poor area of the city going through trash :( poor little guy. We purchased coca leaves and coca candy to use on the tour. The coca candy was grosssss. It ... read more
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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon June 12th 2010

Apres 8h de bus on arrive a Arequipa (sud du Perou) avec Ben(Belgo-Quebecois!) , rencontre dans le bus. On reste 2 jours dans la ville le temps de se renseigner pour le canyon et aussi visiter le monastere(une ville dans la ville). A l hotel on fait aussi la rencontre de Boris et le lendemain on se met en route pour le canyon.Vue la soiree bien arrosee et la nuit passee dans le bus, on mettra 4h pour descendre jusqu a l oasis en bas du canyon de Colca. On s installe dans un lodge et on profite de la piscine (alimentee par une source naturelle) et de balade au niveau du rio pendant 2 jours, avant de remonter a Cabanaconde en un tps record (hehe), 1h50! De retour a Arequipa le groupe se separe et ... read more
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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon June 10th 2010

Well, my promise at being more prolific with my blog writing has failed miserably. I am now going to describe events that occurred about 5 weeks ago in Peru while I sit in a hostal at the shore of the very beautiful Lake Tekapo on the South Island of New Zealand! So this is going to be as brief as possible…. The best place to go and see the rare Andean Condor is at a place called Cruz del Condor in the mighty Colca canyon a couple of hours outside of the picturesque city of Arequipa. Peru’s second largest city is surrounded by 3 huge volcanoes which offer amazing scenery wherever you wander in the city as well as some great sites in the city itself such as the monastry and the wonderful main plaza. ... read more
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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon June 9th 2010

Monday night we had dinner out with our new friends Rob and Dave. We went to a cute place in the centre, called "On the Terrace". We had to walk up a million stairs to reach the top but the restaurant was way up high, overlooking the plaza. Gorgeous view! We also got free Pisco Sours (National drink made of grape brandy and something else???) as well as poncho blankets to keep us warm! Dinner was nice as we enjoyed the company of our new friends once again. I also got to try alpaca meat, as Dave ordered it. It tastekind of like a mild steak. Although, I was not brave enough to try the guinea pig that Robb ordered! It was looking at me and I felt uncomfortable. After dinner we said goodbye to our ... read more
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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon May 28th 2010

Our 5am wake up call was met with still cloudy skies - worrying as condors glide on thermals and will not come out on a cold, cloudy day; they can go for several days without eating. After 2 hours we arrived at the canyon (with a stop off on the way to have a photo with a black chested bassett eagle on my head) - 120km long and 3191 metres deep at its deepest point. The second deepest canyon in the world after its neighbour in the same region, Catahuasi (163metres deeper). We enjoyed a picturesque stroll alongside the canyon, stopping for many flower photos. Then what we had been waiting for - the viewing spot for condors. We pocked a good spot above the crowds, atop a rock with views in many directions. The sun ... read more
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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon May 27th 2010

Today we started on our way to Colca Canyon, stopping at many viewpoints, villages and markets along the way. We learnt the differences between llamas and alpacas (finally!) - llamas are bigger (120kg) with longer necks and ears, multicoloured coats and long faces like kangaroos. They can carry 40kg on their backs and their wool is used for rope and blankets. Alpacas have longer hair (the "suri" subtype have longer hair than the "guacayas"; the former can grow to 20-30cm) which is better quality thus used for clothes. They have hairy faces and are shorter (60kg). Their meat is very low in fat (even better than the lean kangaroo apparently) although the best meat is supposedly guanaco, which is a protected relative so we will never know. Vicuña (another endangered and protected wild relative) has the ... read more
Scenic Journey
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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon May 13th 2010

At the edge of the canyon Down the steep rocks This is where the condors fly Above your head Looking down to the river Makes you dizzy This is where the condors fly Under your feet Where the dry wind sings With the rythm of your steps This is where the condors fly And sail on the breeze From a tropical oasis You look up to the top of the canyon wishing To fly like the condors With black and brown wings ... read more
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traditional costume of the Colca people
Colca beauty

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon May 7th 2010

We arrived at Arequipa at 9am, after a pleasant 10 hour journey and met a couple of French girls, Chemmy and Charlene, who we took a taxi into town with. They immediately made it clear they were hagglers as they bartered over one peso with the friendly and good natured taxi driver. When we arrived at Los Andes Inn, Koen was sat there checking his cherished footie results on the Internet and both he and Carissa made us a much needed breakfast of egg sandwiches, which we ate in the sunshine on the roof terrace, after which we wandered into town for coffee. The streets in Arequipa are crazy - super busy with a million little taxis and crossing the road means taking your life in your hands. It was sunny and hot with clear, blue ... read more
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