Canon del Colca
Trip Start Jul 07, 2008
16Trip End Aug 17, 2008
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We arrived shortly after sunset. Went for a swim in a natural pool with a waterfall. We then proceeded to eat with a couple from Italy and Russia and two women from Quebec. We ate spaghetti for the 3rd time in 24 hours, then went to sleep in our ¨hut¨ made from palm trees.
We had a bus ticket for 11:30 in Cabanaconde to return to Arequipa. We slept in (decided it was too dark to leave at 6), missed the bus and made the 21km ascent in the heat of the day. It was a challenge without much food or water (Nicole describes this as painfully brutal). Considering this was Nicole´s first real hiking experience she did very well (besides thinking she was going to puke or die in the canyon). I know she´s a better person for it. Character building experience.
We made it to the top in roughly 5 hrs; 20 mins late for the 2 PM bus. We had a 7 hour wait until the next bus, which puts us in Arequipa around 4 AM. We did get to experience a wedding and how cold it gets once the sun goes down at nearly 4000 meters.
A few minor setbacks but wouldn´t have traded it for anything in the world.