Colca Canyon--LLlama, Alpaca, Vicuna, Condors
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We hop on another small bus and head to the vicinity of Colca Canyon (Colca Canyon) click link for good description. Was an interesting drive seeing many animals(Llama,Alpaca,Vicuna, sheep and working in the fields,Oxen.
We stopped at a crossroad on the way for a short while where locals sold handicrafts and many were dressed in ethnic clothing and posed for pictures for a small fee. Certainly no high pressure and fee was very small. The people were so nice and you could tell they needed the money so I took some pictures happily. Had a soft drink and played with some baby Llamas and kittens--They did not charge.
We got to a very nice motel just out of Chivay in a little village and stay for two nights. While here we do some hiking to start to get use to the higher elevations--Could certainly tell the difference by all that panting I was doing. Say Oxen plowing the fields and a lot of terracing in the fields that date back to Inca and pre-Inca times. The first night most of us went to some local hot springs which was great especially after our afternoon hike. Someone put some money into the facilties at one time as there were showers and lockers for your clothes plus a very lage pool to swim in. Wish had some pictures but we were there at night and do not think they would have turn out that good anyway.
The next morning we drove up further in the mountais to Colca Canyon which was very impresive. Were lucky to see a number of Condors,some quiet close but always seem to miss on the pictures of the close ones but did get some pictures of them. Area was quite similar to high country desert you see in western US and even had many of the same catus. Was a great side trip but poor Ann did not go with us as she was feeling bad(probably altitude sickness) and stayed at the motel. At least it was a very nice motel in a beautifull sitting and when we got back she was feeling much better but still did not feel like hiking with me.
On the way back to our motel we stopped in a small village and visited a local family in their home. Was very interesing in that the village has probably not changed much in the last 200 years besides now having limited electricity and what looked like a relitivity new school.
The motel had very nice restaurant and I had a great Alpaca steak again plus a few Pisca sours and went to bed early as we were leaving early the next morning for Puno/Lake Titicaca