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Aug 23, 2018 - Colca Canyon

We are up at 5.00am this morning as we are going for a walk to a lookout point across the Valle of Colca. We can see small villages on the other side of the canyon and down to our right is an oasis of green where different crops can grow because the altitude is so much lower. Some of the small trails we can see on the other side of the canyon date from Inca times. Back to the Hotel for breakfast and then we go back to near the Condor Cross and we walk for an hour or so to get to the lookout. As we walk we can see quite a few condors but as...

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Aug 22, 2018 - Colca Canyon

This morning at 6.20 we join a Pablo tour to the Colca Canyon. We meet again with Harley and our driver Nelson. There are two other couples, one from Switzerland, Laura & Matias and the other from England Arun and Zetti. We have a comfortable van with plenty of spare seats so we can spread out. We leave Arequipa which is 3,300m and travel up through the mountains which is slow going as there are many large trucks on the road. These trucks are carting to and from the mines in these mountains which are mainly copper and silver. We stop for...

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Jun 17, 2014 - Arequipa to Colca Canyon, Peru

Tuesday 17th June 2014 Arequipa to the Colca Canyon and Coporaque, Peru - Day of the Condors We woke up at 3:00am this morning and left at 3:30am in a minibus for our trip to the amazing Colca Canyon. By about 5:30am, we had reached an altitude of 4,910m above sea level and we stopped for a photo opportunity. We looked across the landscape to see two beautiful volcanoes, one smoking, in the crystal clear morning air. A fantastic sight. We then drove further and by around 7:00am we had reached a little town where we stopped for a toilet...

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Jul 12, 2013 - Llamas, Alpacas, Mules, and Moleskin

The last two days were spent in Colca Canyon about three hours outside of Arequipa. Lucia and I got a taxi to the hostel where we would be leaving most of our stuff that we didn’t need for the trek around 2:45am to be picked up by a van to head out to the canyon area. There are two canyons in this area that connect in one spot that is one of the deepest, if not the deepest, canyon in the world. After a bouncy 3 hour ride with minimal sleep we finally arrived at our first stop that is known for having condors flying. I guess the condor and...

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Jun 18, 2013 - day of condors and decadance

started off in a minibus with 4 other people and a cute but awful tour guide. we headed up to the canyon with some annoying french chick demanding we stop every 5 seconds to take pics of the same valley...bearing in mind theres a 2 hour time window when the condors do their flying...i got out and 'had a word' with the tour guide about getting a fuckin move on. when i got back in the van louise asked what he had said, i said he tried to distract me from point by pointing out all the different colours in my hair, she said i should have told...

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trippin out

Mar 6, 2013 - Colca Canyon and Shivay

This is the first time where we actually did not organize a trip ourselves, but rather bought a two day package to see Colca Canyon and Shivay. There was just too many places to see, too many stops and the price was right. We found out that sometimes it just takes too much time to organize trips ourselves and chances are that you are missing out on some fantastic spots. A number of people we met complained that Peru has gotten too commercial. For the most part these were people who visited the country 10 or 15 years ago. We did not object...

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Andie Mini Trip 2012

May 22, 2012 - Cruz del Condor

The Colca Canyon is the deepest canyon in the world. At 13,650' deep, it is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. In some ways it isn't as impressive as the Grand Canyon because the canyon walls are not as steep. But it in other ways it is more impressive because people actually live in this canyon and the terraces make it really beautiful. The other impressive thing is that Andean Condors make their home in the cliffs of the canyon and each day, they catch the thermals and spiral up through the canyon and out the top to search for food,...

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Nov 8, 2011 - Chivay and Colca Canyon

Nov 8 Chivay and Colca Canyon We left Chivay at 5:00 am to go to Colca Canyon to see the Andes Condors soar through the canyon gliding on the thermals rising from the canyon floor. The condors average wing span is 3 meters and 20 centimetre, height is 1 meter and 20 centimetres, and the weight is 14 kg. The condors came about 10 feet from us. The canyon is the worlds deepest canyon at 4160 meters deep. The view on the way there and back was breathtaking. The ancient people living in the valley built incredible terraces into the mountain...

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Jun 2, 2011 - Arequipa and Colca Canyon

After Nazca, I then went to Arequipa, the second biggest city in Peru. It was a really nice place, and finally we had some great weather and a free day to people watch and sit around in cafes and the square all day. The next day we got a bus to Colca Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world, and around 3500 to 4000m above sealevel. We stopped off at 5000m above sealevel, and despite a hangover and a lack of sleep, I was fine, but a lot of people got altitude sickness. We stayed in a hotel in the middle of nowhere, and started our high...

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Jan 13, 2011 - Condor spotting in the Colca Canyon

We got up at 5am so we could try and spot some Condors flying in the Colca Canyon, we waited from 8.30 until and 10am and think we saw one but it was so far away we couldnt really tell!!!!! We saw some burial sites half way up a mountain that looked a bit like bee hives. We took an hour hike along the Canyon after trying to spot the condors. Then we headed back to Arequipa (stopping in Chivay again on the way to have lunch). We had dinner in a lovely little restaurant behind the Cathedral.

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Oct 28, 2010 - Colca Canyon to Puno

Today started with a 7am departure and a long bus journey ahead. Nothing to report on the journey. Arrived in Puno at 1.30pm. Puno is the jumping off point to Lake Titicacca. After a group lunch we had free time to wander around the city. Not alot to see. Also did some grocery shopping for our host family on the island of Amantani. What was on the dinner menu...pizza!! And it was damn good pizza all washed down with a `vino caliente`or hot wine. Very nice. We had been given our packing list for our overnight on the island of Amantani in the...

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Oct 27, 2010 - Colca Canyon - Flight of the Condors

It is not guaranteed that the mighty Andean condors will be flying so we were up at 5.30am to leave the hotel at 6.30am. The trip to the canyon from the hotel was about 2hrs. Lucky for us there were 4 condors flying when we arrived. They are a very impressive but also a very unattractive bird! Wing span is about 3 metres. Together with the other hundreds of tourists we snapped away with the cameras in an attempt to get the best photos....not sure that I succeeded? The Colca Canyon is deeper than the Grand Canyon so it was also impressive....

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