Blogs from Arequipa, Peru, South America


South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon July 7th 2021 Coporaque Village The tiny village of Coporaque is a great way to take in the stunning region & enjoy glorious views of the distant volcanoes, including the active Sabancaya which spews ash into the sky, gorgeous terrace views, flowering cacti, and crumbling stone ruins. We walked through pastures, visited the church which was badly damaged in the 2016 earthquake. This is a small town located on the right side of the Colca River, in the Western part of Chivay (Capital of the Colca Canyon), it has 900 inhabitants, it is located at 3583 meters above sea level, most of the inhabitants they are still cultivating their land following the knowledge of their ancestors and they are still wearing their typical costums. The temple of Santiago Apóstol de Coporaque, is a Catholic construction, which is located ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon May 16th 2021

The Colca Canyon is one of the most beautiful areas in Peru famed for its colourful and traditional towns and for its wildlife. There are over 100 species of birds including the giant Andean condor. The Colca Canyon is also one of the deepest canyons in the world. It is, in fact, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Another location I never dreamt I would be able to visit but with heygo virtual guides another place I can cross as having seen, although not the same as actually physically being there it will do for now. The Colca Canyon 11,975ft & Valley are paradise to nature lovers. The Colca Valley is 186 miles north of Arequipa, and holds one of the world´s deepest gorges, cut by the Colca River, which flows 250 miles from its ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa March 14th 2020

Encore un bus, et après quelques 14-15h de voyage de nuit, et quelques 600km de virages, heureusement dans un bus VIP, allongés à 120 degrés, repose pied rembourré, repas du soir, pti dej et toilettes a bord (il est précisé que c'est uniquement pour le pipi lol, je me demande qui vérifie...), nous arrivons à Nasca. Quasiment enlevés par la compagnie aérienne Air Paracas qui nous attend, transfert à l'aérodrome, et sans presque savoir ce qui nous arrive (attendez j'aimerais me brosser les dents!), on est embarqués dans un petit coucou pour 6 personnes qui fait de la haute voltige (enfin presque, c'est ce que m'indique mon estomac tout retourné), pour nous montrer à gauche puis à droite, les fameuses lignes de Nasca, tracées dans le désert entre -500 et +500 ans, par une civilisation pré-inca, ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon January 15th 2020

After the days spent in the dusty desert we were excited to arrive in the mountains. A long bus journey obviously but the scenery was amazing, seeing the nature changing from desert to mountains, passing through a wetland desert, llama and alpaca everywhere, water coming from the mountain give us the welcome to a new kind of strength of nature, small kind of pointy hairy bushes were everywhere, looking like the hair of puppets, are just desert bushes shaped by the wind. I was happy to see green grass and snowy peaks behind the hills. We were already at more than 3000 meters. Daria was already scared of the cold that was awaiting us outside the bus. When we arrived in Yanke at circa 3300 meters it was 6 o’clock and raining. We had a hotel ... read more
Beautiful green landscapes of the Colca
Daria removing the tripe, liver and the other rough bits
Alpaca and Llama friends

South America » Peru » Arequipa November 8th 2018

We were driven to Yanque to meet up again with the same group as yesterday. When we arrived, Peter said we had 10 minutes to look around as there was a local market on in the main square with local women and men (dressed as women) dancing around the central fountain. Peter explained later on that the men dressed as women is a tradition passed down from the past when families always tried to match their daughters with a rich family, so sometimes boys would disguise themselves as girls so they could go out together. After 10 minutes I couldn’t see Daisy and Peter was also looking for her as well. I assumed she was shopping and checked all the market stalls but it turned out she was just watching the dancing and Peter found her. ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa November 6th 2018

Another relaxed start to the day, we didn’t go out until 11:00. First stop was the Iglesias de la Compania which is right next to Place de Armas. Fantastic stone carving like many buildings here. Then down the road a bit to the other University-run museum, Museo Arquelogico Jose Maria Morante. This is also a small museum of just 5 rooms but they had amazing mummified bodies all in a sitting foetal position. One was also placed in a reproduced burial chamber so you see how they found them with ceremonial articles. At the third room we asked the lady in the room if she spoke English and she did. We thought she might have been a security person but wasn't wearing a uniform so Daisy asked her a question and she turned out to be ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa November 5th 2018

Up early for our 04:30 transfer to Cusco Airport. It was a little early but it wasn’t far and we got to the airport over two hours before our flight. We had coffee and pastries for breakfast at a little shop after being scared off by the prices at a larger café. The total we paid was just 18 soles compared to that amount for just one sandwich. Flight took off on time and instead of sleeping I was glued to the view I was getting from watching out the window. After initial cloud it was clear most of the way and it was fascinating watching the changing landscape as we crossed the Andes. It was only about 40 minutes in the air. It was a simple matter of paying 30 soles for an official taxi ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa October 3rd 2018

Nach all unseren kalten Nächten rund um Cusco und Puno, eingepackt in Wollsocken, Strumpfhosen, Schals und Hauben, freuten wir uns schon sehr auf Arequipa: Der Wetterbericht versprach wärmeres Klima, außerdem liegt Arequipa ja auf “nur” 2.300 Höhenmetern. Mit dem Bus ging es erstmal sechseinhalb Stunden in Richtung Westen, diesmal unter Tags mit herrlichen Ausblicken über die Landschaft. Aus den grün-grau-braunen Bergen fuhren wir in die karge Wüste. Ein Szenario wie wir es nur aus Hollywood-Filmen kennen. So luxuriös wie mit der Buscompany Sur del Cruz bin ich allerdings noch selten gereist: Mit breiten Ledersitzen, Kuscheldecken, Entertainment-Screens, Check-In mit Gepäckaufgabe, mehrfachen Security Checks, Mittagessen, Kaffee... So lässt sich eine lange Überlandfahrt gut aushalten. In Arequipa angekommen, haben wir uns sehr über die Essensvielfalt einer Großstad... read more
Wiedervereint in Arequipa
Kuscheln mit Alpacas
Mittagessen in der Wüste

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon August 31st 2018

The Cañon de Colca, the 2nd deepest canyon in the world (the first being only a few hundred kms away from here in Peru), dropping by at times 3000 meters from top to bottom! Arequipa is the place where people base themselves to get there either by organised tour or as we did, by ourselves. Arequipa in its self was quite nice although we didn't think there was too much to see and do from our perspective. We used it as a place to relax and take a breather after some busy weeks on the move. The main plaza was a nice place to sit and people watch and the city has a nice back drop of El Misti volcano. The following day we got a bus to Chivay, the main starting point for the canyon. ... read more
Thermal Pools Chivay
Canyon de Colca

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa August 13th 2018

After a long day we arrived in Puno just before sunset. The city lies at an altitude of 3800m at the shores of Titicaca Lake and has around 150 000 inhabitants. The Titicaca Lake is the only reason why I visited Puno. The city itself doesn't offer that much to visitors and I wouldn't say it's a pretty city, but the highest commercially navigable lake in the world is what attracts visitors! The Titicaca Lake covers an area of 8372 square kilometres, bordering both Perú and Bolivia. The next day we took a tour over the lake; we departed early and it was still pretty cold! We left Puno's harbour by boat and made our first stop at one of the many floating islands on the lake. The Uros indians live here and on the island ... read more

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