Arequipa, Colca Canyon and Condors

Trip Start Sep 27, 2005
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Trip End Mar 07, 2006


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Monday, December 19, 2005

I forgot to add this section before the Inca Trail but it fits nicely here.

We travelled from Lima down to an Inca site on the coast. This claims to be a port but it looked like a fishing village to the extremely untrained eye of most of us. There are some pictures (when published) which is why I mention it but the main part of this section is that we went to Arequipa and then to Colca Canyon to see condors. Arequipa is a very beautiful city. The main square is pleasantly colonnaded and the people are friendly and helpful. When we went to see Juanita at the wrong address, as the hotel got it wrong, a local just pointed us in the right direction and we were soon there. Juanita is a fascinating young girl. She died at 21,000 feet at the summit of a volcano in a ceremony practiced by the Incas called capacocha. She was 12 to 14 years old and apart from the top of her head is perfectly preserved as she was frozen solid almost immediately and is kept in a freezer today. You are not allowed to take pictures so there is nothing in the album.

The trip to Colca Canyon was very interesting to see the way of life of the Andean people of today and for the chance to see a condor. And that is what we did, we saw A condor. Colca Canyon is the third deepest in the world after The Grand Canyon and one near Colca that nobody seems to know the name of. It is very beautiful and we spent most of a day travelling along part of it. By most of a day I mean we started at 5:30, reached Cruz de Condor at 8:30 and waited 45 minutes for one to turn up and then travelled back down the valley looking at the farming methods in the region and the way people lived. More info with the pictures when available.

Thatīs all for this stretch more on Lake Titicaca and Southern Bolivia soon.
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