Cold and hungry.

Trip Start Oct 02, 2005
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Trip End Sep 28, 2006


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Monday, November 7, 2005

Colca Canyon is TWICE as deep as the Grand Canyon in
the US, and is the last home to the endangered condor.
We watched them flying below us early in the morning,
and they´re BIG. Four foot tall with a wing span of
12 foot, they can live up to 70 years old. Got some
great photos, but literally 2 seconds after my battery
died, 3 of them suddenly appeared and started flying
directly over our heads. I swear they friggin KNEW.

It was an interesting couple of days, because we
arrived in Arequipa at 1 in the morning after an 14
hours bus from La Paz. In the station there´s this
guy with a piece of paper with "Gary and Nancy" wrote
on it. It had my name on it, so that was good enough
for me- we went with him. He took us to the hotel he
was told to bring Gary and Nancy to, but the guy there
told us he wasn´t expecting anyone. We had a piece of
paper with a hotel name on it, but he didn´t know
where this hotel was. Now Arequipa is a small place,
and if the taxi driver hasn´t heard of the hotel
you´re staying in, it doesn´t look good. He ended up
taking us to a police station and me, the taxi driver
and the officer on duty (still armed to the teeth) sat
and looked through the hotel and hostel directory for
Arequipa. Our Hotel didn´t exist. I just told the
driver to take us back to the hotel he dropped us of
at originally. It was 3 in the morning, we were both
knackered, and I have a credit card.

Now this is the weird part: The next morning, the tour
guide picked us up at the hotel to take us to the
canyon. How he knew we were staying there I´ve never
been able to figure out. Everytime I ask someone how
they knew where we were staying, their english becomes
non-existant and they just look confused. So we ended
up going on the tour. Problem is we didn´t realise it
was an overnight thing, so we left our bags at the
tourist office with all our clothes. Plus on the way
there we discovered there´s no banks or cash machines
in the town we´re staying, so now we´ve also no money.
Then we discover that the town we´re staying in is
4000 metres above sea level and the tempreture can
drop to minus 25C. And we´re both only wearing
T-shirts. All in all it was an interesting couple of
days. No money, no food and no clothes. But hey,
it´s all part of the adventure.
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