Cañon de Colca, Perú - Cruz del Condor

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Colca, Perú - Les montagnes enneigées

Magical is the perfect word to describe the experience here!  Honestly, I had no clue as to what would await us during this tour, but I was so very pleased with what we saw.

And even though at some stops, it did seem as though the community had planned everything especially for us visitors, it was still nice to be greeted with song and dance.

During this visit, we had the pleasure of stopping off at different lama reserves, one of which was that of the Vicuña - a finer and more petit sort of lama.  

Another kind we visited was the Alpaca, not as refined as the Vicuña, but then again not as ugly as your typical lama . . . not my words, that’s what our guide said!!!  

Apparently, the lama is the worst among the lama family.  Poor thing, it’s ugly and its fur is of the worst quality!!

Then, quick stop-off to grab a cup of maté de coco, which is a hot beverage made with coco leaves - Don't worry, it’s not a drug!!  

It’s supposed to help with the altitude .

Colca, Perú - Los Nevados
. . supposed to anyways!!  Me, I was completely unaffected!!!  That’s the Latin blood for ya!!!  ¡¡¡Fuerte fuerte!!!  :)

Arnaud, on the other hand, poor baby, ended up getting sick because of the altitude again.  We got up to an altitude of approximately 4900 meters above sea level!!  Now that’s high!!!

So, it gets sort of tough to breathe when one is that high up!!!  Luckily, though, he was able to get better just in time to enjoy the rest of our visit to the Colca Canyon.

Like I’ve already said . . . MAGICAL!!  Watching the Condors soar through the sky was absolutely amazing and to top it off the landscape in the Colca Canyon was breathtaking!!  

We actually got lucky because supposedly the Condors only come out when the weather is at a particular temperature.

Pampas Cañahuas, Perú - Cuidado con las Vicuñas!!!
 And lucky us, that day, it was all sunshine, no rain for once!!!!  It was an unforgettable experience for the both of us!!

¡¡¡El Condor Pasa!!!

Je vous parlais de mes limites quelques villes auparavant, et bien là, ça était pire encore, l’altitude 4900m, mon corps ne l’a pas accepté, il a dit non, j’ai été malade pendant 2 jours, heureusement que ma petite femme s’est bien occupée de moi, et j’ai pu être rétabli pour voir les condors.

Je suis très fier d’avoir vu ces oiseaux planer, car ils ne volent pas, ils planent juste. C’est très impressionnant de les voir, il y a 1 seul endroit où on peut les admirer, et bien sûr, on y était.

Pampas Cañahuas, Perú - Attention au Lama (plutôt Vicuñas)

Et de plus on a eu de la chance, ils ne sont là que 2 ou 3 mois dans l’année, car durant l’hiver, ils migrent vers la plage!!

Les paysages sont magnifiques et diverses, des montagnes enneigées, des canyons géants, avec les différentes façons de cultiver les pommes de terre et le maïs (unique dans cette région) avec les champs de différentes hauteurs, comme des escaliers, et les pierres qui délimitent les champs.

Ces pierres si particulières qui se chargent de la chaleur pendant la journée et se déchargent durant la nuit et de plus en utilisant ces niveaux, créent un micro climat, une qualité incomparable.

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