Colca Canyon--LLlama, Alpaca, Vicuna, Condors

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Llamas grazing on way to Chivay-Colca-Canyon

  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.

example of terracing

 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.

Or motel

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.

Cola Canyon
  The local family took us into a small courtyard which was the kitchen,dining area and storage area all in one.  Certainly not plush.  They spoke some English and showed us their local food--mostly potatoes and their local home brew.  After finding out that they spit into the brew to aid in the fermantation we all passed on drinking any.  They dressed a few of us up in local clothing and I played like I drank some but could not get it past my lips.  Probably stayed with them about 1/2 hour and headed back to our motel.

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

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Llamas grazing on way to Chivay-Co…
Llamas grazing on way to Chivay-C…
example of terracing
example of terracing
Or motel
Or motel
Cola Canyon
Cola Canyon
Baby Llama at our stop on way
Baby Llama at our stop on way
Cat at rest stop
Cat at rest stop
We found the babies
We found the babies
Church on way to Colca Canyon
Church on way to Colca Canyon
dressed up for pictures
dressed up for pictures
Child dressed up for pictures
Child dressed up for pictures
me at Colca Canyon
me at Colca Canyon
Condor
Condor
Condor at Colca Canyon
Condor at Colca Canyon
Condor
Condor
Cola Canyon-Condor way up high
Cola Canyon-Condor way up high
Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon
Small village at bottom of canyon-…
Small village at bottom of canyon…
pipe organ catus as in Arizonia
pipe organ catus as in Arizonia
more Camelids(Alpaca,Llama,Vicuna)
more Camelids(Alpaca,Llama,Vicuna)
surpised to see this many and so m…
surpised to see this many and so …
grazing
grazing
ducks too
ducks too
Kindergarted--preschool inVillage …
Kindergarted--preschool inVillage…
New 
school in village of home vi…
New school in village of home v…
chickens in the kitchen
chickens in the kitchen
visit to local house in the courty…
visit to local house in the court…
storage of potatoes--getting good …
storage of potatoes--getting good…
grinding corn
grinding corn
going for walk-see more and more p…
going for walk-see more and more …
dressed in natve clothes with home…
dressed in natve clothes with hom…
Yah-right!!!!
Yah-right!!!!
Home we visited.  Man of house wor…
Home we visited. Man of house wo…
street outside house-bringing home…
street outside house-bringing hom…
Ann outside motel
Ann outside motel
motel
motel
Motel taken from ridge
Motel taken from ridge
ridge walk up
ridge walk up
hiking out of village where motel …
hiking out of village where motel…
hiking out of village
hiking out of village
starting a hike from motel town
starting a hike from motel town
Hiked up to the ridge in the backg…
Hiked up to the ridge in the back…
Little girl with sample of the man…
Little girl with sample of the ma…
more terracing with working oxen--…
more terracing with working oxen-…
bridge near hot springs
bridge near hot springs
Chivay
photo by: scacos2006