Colca Canyon

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We were picked up by our tour guide from our hostal.. jumped on a bus and travelled 6 hours. What a bumpy road, but not as bad as San Agustin in Colombia that´s for sure!!

There were 3 other girls on the tour, all French and really nice. It always makes a tour like this far more interesting when you have people that are really easy to get on with and fun! Our original tour guide had to leave as he had an emergency and we were introduced to our new (and much younger) tour guide Evan.

Day One
The first day was mostly downhill and was at times windy, meaning lots of dust! We walked for about 4 hours, which Evan said was quick as others do it in 5 hours. Our accommodation for the night was at a nice lodge, filled with flowers. The rooms themselves were rustic and this added to the atmosphere for the place. They also had hot pools, so Nathan and I clambered down to them, sore feet and legs.
They were so nice and soothing! Dinner was average, we met an Italian couple and also two German girls, really friendly and we talked a bit before going to bed.


Day Two
We woke about 5am as we were suppose to be leaving at 6am. We ended up leaving about 7am as breakfast wasn´t ready. We had to do some uphill walking today which made it hard on the legs! We passed a small village and cemetery before the sun really kicked in. It was so hot, and it was nice to finally arrive at the ´Oasis´ which was our accommodation for the night. It was similar to the night before, but more basic and they had a swimming pool. We had a wee sleep for a bit before having a swim and doing some much needed sunbathing!! Lunch and dinner were average again, the Peruvians love their rice and fried chips! They eat them with every meal I swear! Met some great people again, two germans and a canadian couple - great company.
Last day, at the top at 6am!
It´s nice to finally meet some people again, we havent really met any fun and interesting people since Colombia!!


Day Three
We were up at 2.30am this morning. It was hell! It was pitch black and we had to set off with torches at 3am so we would make it by 6am to the top where we would have breakfast. We had to leave early due to the heat and wind. It was quite hard, harder than I had imagined. Nathan found it easier than he had thought. I was starving, and was getting a bit clumsy at times and I think the altitude got to me a little also. It was all uphill walking, although the track was good. Once at the top though it was beautiful. It had been nice to watch the sun rise (it rose about 5am).

We had breakfast and then got on a bus to Cruz del Condor. It was full of artisans and I bought some necklaces.
We didn´t see any condors though, however we did see one in Nazca and they are quite ugly! Back on the bus again to Chivay where we had a drink with the French and German girls. Back on the bus again for the 4 hour journey to Arequipa.... what a day! Once back we had an overnight bus to Cuzco so it was a full-on day!

The tour was OK, we saw some amazing scenery and met some lovely people. Our guide was probably a bit too young, he left us at times and we were walking on our own and at times we didn´t know what we were suppose to be doing! Nevermind though we both enjoyed it and are glad we decided to do it in the end!
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Last day, at the top at 6am!
Last day, at the top at 6am!
The white belly vs the tanned hand!
The white belly vs the tanned hand!
Hot pools
Hot pools
Hot pools
Hot pools
The dog that followed us... we thi…
The dog that followed us... we th…
5.30am!
5.30am!
The friendly dog at the lodge.
The friendly dog at the lodge.
Our cabana (first night)
Our cabana (first night)
We made it out alive!!
We made it out alive!!
Colca
photo by: Sylvie1