Condors and cheese ice cream
Trip Start Dec 25, 2012
51Trip End Aug 02, 2013
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After making ourselves sick with all the food sampling and to add a bit of culture to our stay we went and visited Mummy Juanita, a frozen Inca girl sacrificed over 500 years ago. She was found in 1995 when the neighboring volcano erupted and melted the surrounding ice caps allowing for expeditions to an otherwise untouched area
Whilst in Arequipa we took a trip out to the see the amazing condors and a trek through the Colca Canyons. Standing at the lookout we waited 15 long cold minutes before the first condor came gliding up through the canyon. The condor is the second largest bird in the world, with a 3.5m wing span. Having these ugly (they look like flying turkeys-vultures) but graceful birds glide a near 10m above our heads was an amazing experience.
The Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world (only 100m off the deepest also in Arequipa) We started off with a nice leisurely trek to the bottom where we stayed the night in the oasis. After a nice relaxing evening with pisco sours and friendly mosquitos we had another early start to trek the 1000m straight up. The fastest gringo time is 1hr 30mins.. We did it in 2hrs.. Not bad!!