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May 9, 2007 - Peru - Colca Canyon

Another early morning - this traveling stuff is hard work! We set off on our 2-day Colca Canyon tour. From Arequipa we climbed the road to Reserva Nacional Saluas y Aguada Blanca where our driver pulled over a few times for us to see the wild vicuñas, llamas and alpacas grazing in the reserve. We continued through the bleak Andean plateau and stopped at Cañahuas to acclimatize and have a cup of coca leaf tea, meant to help prevent altitude sickness. As we had now reached 3800m above sea level we decided to not only drink the tea but eat...

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May 6, 2007 - Colca Canyon Tour - Day 1

I was picked up at 6am and brought to the bus terminal. There our group met. We were 2 Canadians, 2 Australians, 3 Americans, a guy from Zimbabwe and me. We got on a public bus and had a 6 hours drive to the Colca Canyon. The bus was jam packed and it wasn't an all too pleasant ride. Except the Americans the group was bonding very well. After 6 hours we arrived in a village at the top of the canyon and we had lunch there. Than we started the decent. We some condors there already. It was beautiful. We started our descent. A stray dog was...

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Apr 12, 2007 - Flight of the Condor - a trip to the Colca Canyon

Thursday 12th April 2007 The Colca Canyon and the Cotahuasi Canyon near Arequipa are two of the deepest canyons in the world. Colca is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, with the roads on either side of it lieing at around 4000 metres above sea level. Surrounding the canyon are the Andes and lots of volcanoes, most noticeably Sabancaya (one of the most active in the Americas) and Ampato (at 6288 metres) on which Juanita the Ice Maiden mummy as discovered. On our journey through the canyon we passed tranquil Andean villages, a valley...

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Mar 9, 2007 - Colca Canyon

Wake up call was at 5 A.M. this morning. As Sandra later put it, we got up at 5AM to go look at some fog. Only on vacation. We drove out to condor crossing that is a lookout at Colca Canyon (one of the deepest canyons in the world). During the dry season, the condors apparently make a showing punctually at 9, although during the rainy season as it is now, they are not so consistent. We made several stops along the way to take picutres and shop for handicrafts from the ladies in their colourful dresses. We stopped at the tiny village of...

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Twenty-Six Days

Mar 8, 2007 - Chivay

Today, we drove from Arequipa to Chivay, and we are now in the small highland village of Coporaque. The scenery has been amazing as we drove up and up the mountains on winding, mountainside roads. Everything is green this time of year and beautiful. I also could not help but notice the many, many children, and the many dogs in these mountain towns. Any little space off the side of the road that can hold a stand is occupied by ladies and children selling their wares, or posing for photos for the tourists for tips. I took lots of pictures of...

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Twenty-Six Days

Jan 27, 2007 - Canon de Colca, Peru

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, JANUARY 27-28, 2007. TOUR OF COLCA CANYON, PERU. Visiting Colca Canyon from Arequipa is de rigueur. Colca Canyon is the world's deepest canyon (4,160 meters), at least according to our guide, Rene, who cited a recent study. It's also home to the Andean Condor. I went on a two-day, one night tour with Condor Travel ($20). This was really good value considering the cost included transportation and one night's accommodation. Colca Canyon itself was a bit disappointing compared to the Grand Canyon in the United States. Although...

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Oct 27, 2006 - The Colca Canyon (Chivay, Peru)

I really enjoy these 30 minutes flights between locations compared to the 6, 8, or 10 hour bus rides. We flew to Arequipa from Cuzco quite painlessly but only stayed there for a short period of time before boarding a sprinter bus for a 5 hour journey to the Colca Canyon where we'd spend the night. The Colca Canyon was a stronghold of the Spanish when they invaded the Incas, and is the 2nd biggest canyon in the world (at about twice the size of the Grand Canyon). The hotel we stayed at was probably one of the nicest ones so far. It was...

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Rob in the Andes

Sep 1, 2006 - Condors! (And the Deepest Canyon in the World)

Since I was feeling a bit unwell I joined a two day bus tour of the Colca Canyon rather than going on a trek, which was good in that I got to see some interesting things easily, but bad because bus tours really irritate me! I got picked up at about 8am and met our guide, Lilliana, and as the bus drove around town picking people up, saw the rest of the group. Lilliana decided that we were all going to be jolly and happy and mostly spoke to us as if we were children who needed to be made interested in something by speaking in an excited voice...

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Geraint's World Trip

Jul 10, 2006 - Flight of the Condor

Another early start today ... we have to leave at 6am and the hotel staff have taken it upon themselves to wake the whole hotel at 5.15 whether they like it or not! After a swift breakfast, we're on the bus and heading for Colca Canyon. Just half an hour into the journey, we stop at a little village with a picturesque church. It may only be 6.30am on a Sunday, but the locals are ready for the tourists, and there's a group of local girls dressed in traditional costume dancing in the square. In the background, women stand with kestrels and...

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Jul 9, 2006 - Colca Canyon anything that could go wrong did go wrong

The tour of Lake Titicaca finished, we head for Kingdom Travel to pick up our tickets. Unfortunately, our helpful agent cant come with us. No problem; we didnt expect him to. However, when we get to the bus station we find that they havent booked us a cama at all and instead we've got a semi reclining seat and whats more, the bus doesnt even end at Arequipa so we cant stay on until 6am as promised. Slightly dissappointed I make a phone call and the agent comes to the bus station. We agree on a compromise which involves hime phoning the...

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Jun 13, 2006 - Colca Canyon

All four of us took a two day tour to the nearby Colca Valley with Illary tours. The bus left at 8.30am and brought us up to 4,800m, stopping along the way to show us vicuna (a rare wild cousin of the Llama), Alpacas and Llamas. Linda wants to bring one home as a pet, we'll see how that works out! This is our first real exposure to real altidude, but we didn't really suffer too much from sickness, a little stomach upset but nothing to be worried about. Poor Chris has been a bit sick since we arrived so this probably didn't help him. We have...

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Linda and Donal 2006

Jun 10, 2006 - Chivay - Hot pools

10/6 We've arrived at Chivay around 11.30. The best thing was that we got away with paying, because they thought we're part of a tour group. Make some enquiries where to stay. Got a hostel in walking distance (we later discover that everything is walking distance) of the terminal. Nice room with hot shower, all for the grand price of 20 Sols. Wa've had an early lunch than take a taxi to the hot pools. The pools were nice, although a bit too man made for us. We could only stay there for about ½ hr and than went back to the town. Then from...

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Tripping 2005/06

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