Colca Canyon Condors

Trip Start Aug 02, 2009
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Trip End Feb 18, 2010


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Flag of Peru  , Arequipa,
Monday, August 17, 2009

We left Arequipa around 9am on Sunday and began our journey to the other side of the volcanoes to Colca Valley.  The views of the mountains were spectacular.

Due to the altitude we stopped on the way for a cup of Colca tea, which looked, smelt and tasted like someone had taken a load of leaves from the nearest tree and poured water on them. Danielle was feeling the effects of the altitude, so everyone encouraged Danielle to drink the tea, hoping it would make her feel better... it didn't.

We made it to the top of one of the volcanoes and carried out an Inca tradition of building a pile of rocks in tribute to the volcano gods.  We also had to chew some Colca leaves.  The altitude here was very high (something like 4,300m) so Danielle was a little queasy (so much for the cure all tea) and returned to the mini bus!

After arriving at our hotel, in the afternoon Danielle had a rest while I walked to a nearby viewing point for more amazing views of the valley.  We then both went to the thermal springs; the water comes from the volcano so was 39 degrees and is apparently good for the skin.  Having relaxed for a bit we then went back for dinner and had an early night ready for the next day.

We were up at the crack of dawn and travelled to Colca Canyon (where Colca Valley becomes a Canyon).  There is a point called Condorīs Cross where there were about 20 Condors flying around the mountain.  They flew right above our heads and have a wing span of 3m.  They eat dead animals and the guide said they fly close to the tourists to try to get them to fall into the canyon and provide an easy meal!  This could easily have been the case for some of the eager photographers (as Danielle nearly pushed them in!)

We had a short trek along the canyon where we saw a rodent cousin of Robbie!  Shame I couldnīt fit Robbie in the bag to release him with a new friend.  The drive back to Arequipa along the canyon / valley was beautiful and there were several stops for photos where the local people try to ply you with hats and ponchos made of Alpaca fur.
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amandaandolivia
amandaandolivia on

building rocks
Olivia wants to know if makka pakka was cleaning the rocks!!

yelleandjon
yelleandjon on

Re: building rocks
No he wasn´t, but i could do with the Pinky Ponk to help me up the mountain!!

claireglover
claireglover on

Bridesmaid Claire
Hi Yellie and Jon,
Hope the sickness has stopped and I hope the Machu Pichu is good which I think you start today. I'm in the last week of preparation for bridesmaid duty 4 - ordered some underwear for underneath dress and it cam back as a size 24 bikini - oh dear!
Love Claire xx

claireglover
claireglover on

I made my family disappear!
Hi Yellie and Jon,

Yes, as the title suggests i'm doing my best impression of Kevin from Home Alone at the moment with everyone apart from the animals and grandparents abroad. Comedy moment of the week so far, slipping up on dog slober! Hope your still having a great time and that your flights today go to plan!

Love Claire xxx

Jimmy Quea on

For more information about Arequipa and Colca Canyon. Visit www.hotels-arequipa.com www.colcacanyon-tours.com
List of responsible tourism in Arequipa Peru.

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