Day 1 - Colca Canyon tour

Trip Start Nov 03, 2012
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Trip End Dec 31, 2012


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Flag of Peru  , Colca Canyon,
Friday, December 7, 2012

We were fortunate enough to be able to get breakfast a little early this morn so we could be all set for the bus to pick us up.
Shortly after half 8 a minivan arrived containing 2 British women of mature years, our driver and Herbie, our guide.

Driving out of Arequipa we back tracked slightly on our previous bus trip from Cusco. Passing through a check point we turned right and headed up into a new part of the Andes, arriving at a waypoint of toilet, cafe and craft stalls where we acclimatised for half an hour over tea and a short shopping excursion.
When we arrived the place was near empty, when we left, it had filled substantially.

Further along the road we encountered a flock if Alpacas being shepherded by a young boy and girl.
Clickety click click.

The road into Chivay passes by the Los Andes Look Out where you can get sweeping vistas of the surrounding country side.

Chivay its self is a town of dirt roads, dirty walls and every intersection looking the same.
Lunch was a smorgasbord at one if the many restaurants near the square that included a variety of soups, multiple forms of meat and a table full of salad.
There were two options for activities on the afternoon, a swim at the hot springs and a dinner and cultural show.
Checking in at our hostel we chose a nap as the best opportunity to prepare ourselves for a swim (it was freezing AND raining) so when Herbie arrived at 4 we felt up for the challenge.
The pool, just out of Chivey had, at the time, 3 operational pools. One inside under cover, two outside. Choosing which pool was assisted by the discovery of one if the outside pools having a bar.
We showered, changed, ordered two pisco sours and went for a dip.
An hour later, warmed to the bone, we left the pool, met up with Herbie, and headed back to our hostel once again.

Dinner was at a restaurant that, from the out side looked like a warehouse and from within looked like a prison cafeteria.
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