Colca Canyon, Areqipa

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Condor flying over Colca Canyon

When got into Arequipa and had a look around the town - it was good to be out the rain and we had definitely gone into a different, drier climate! The city is really interesting - overloked by El Misti volcano (extinct) and has some good places to walk around and see. We went to the Santa Catalina convent where we met up with Pepo and Josephine who were on the Inca trail trek with us. The convent is fascinating, it is in the middle of the city but was totally closed off to outsiders until 1969. The nuns inside were famous for being un-nun like and holding parties and musical recitals even though they had taken the vow of silence. Eventually, however, the fun stopped and the convent became an extremely austere place.

More condors
It is still a working convent, although the nuns live in a separate area to where the tourists are allowed to go. They still take a vow of silence and still practise self flagellation and starvation in order to purge themselves of their sins. Amazing to see and not a little spooky to think of these women and their strange, strange lives.

Thats night we went to a restaurant where we again bumped into Pepo and Josephine! We had some great llama which I unfortunately reacted badly to - we ended up having to cancel our planned trek through the Colca canyon the next morning. We eventually got on a bus tour of the canyon a day later and, although we are not ususally fans of bus tours, this one turned out to be good. We drive through the mountains, stopping off at a hot spring and sleeping over in a small town close to the canyon.

Colca Canyon, 3 times deeper than the Grand Canyon
The next morning we got up ealry and drove around to some of the famous viewing spots the canyon. It is apparently 3000m deep at its deepest point - thats 3 times the depth of the Grand Canyon in the US - although we didn´t see the extremely deep spots.

We also managed to catch some condors circling on the thermals created by the mroning air warming up in the canyon. They re amazing to see and we managed to catch some good photos of them (by "we" I mean Lindy....! for some reason, I could quite get them!).

Got back to Arequipa and met up for a meal and drinks with; guess who - Pepo and Josephine, and Dan and Amanda - another couple who were on the Inca trail with us.

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Condor flying over Colca Canyon
Condor flying over Colca Canyon
More condors
More condors
Colca Canyon, 3 times deeper than …
Colca Canyon, 3 times deeper than…
10 condors circling in the thermals
10 condors circling in the thermals
Linds standing infront of Colca ca…
Linds standing infront of Colca c…
Peruvian tunnel making, doesn´t i…
Peruvian tunnel making, doesn´t …
Standing in front of the amazing P…
Standing in front of the amazing …
More tunnel making
More tunnel making
Local woman making jerseys from al…
Local woman making jerseys from a…
Wild vicunas. They are so endanger…
Wild vicunas. They are so endange…
El Misti which overlooks Arequippa…
El Misti which overlooks Arequipp…
Santa Catalina convent in central …
Santa Catalina convent in central…
Santa Catalina convent in central …
Santa Catalina convent in central…
Santa Catalina convent in central …
Santa Catalina convent in central…
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