Colca Travel Blog› entry 30 of 43 › view all entries
March 22nd, 2008 – by: cronky1001
We were picked up in a small mini bus from our hostel that picked up the rest of the small group afterwards. From the city it was a four journey to the small town of Chivay. On the way to the town we stopped to take pctures of the magnificent scenery aswell as the Alpacas and the local indigenious peolle who sold differnt souvenirs for the tourists including of course the Peruvian hats that were sold across Peru. Once at the town of Chivay we were dropped off for lunch then taken to our accomadation. All the other people were dropped at there nice hotels or hostels while us as usual ended up staying in a crappy little hostel. It done us though, had a bed with en suite bathroom although got pretty cold in the evening. IN the afternoon after having hour at the hostel to get sorted we were picked up again by the mini bus with our tour guide then taken to the nearby hot springs. The springs were nice but no where near as on the Macchu Picchu trail. They were so crowded it seemed like the whole of the town had come down at the same time to have there evening bath. We had 2 hours bathing in the natural hot water before getting showered and meeting up with the rest of the group to get taken but to out accomadation. IN the evening we were picked up once again, then taken to a resturant in the town. In the resturant we had a nice 2 course meal which was the usual custom in Peru. Whilst we ate was really nice surprise to have traditional Peruvian dancers in traditional dress dancing in the centre of the resturant. At one point I was dragged up by the lady to get involved in some traditional dance which was quite fun if not a little embarrasing. We headed back to our accomadation after really nice evening. The next day it was an early start to be picked up by the mini bus to take us the Colca Canyon. We had a quick breakfast then were on our way. Driving up to the Canyon the bus stopped regulary so our guide could tell us some information about what we were seing and allowed us to take some pictures of the pictureque settings. Eveywhere around the Canyons convinietly evrery were the busses stopped were the indeginious people sellig goods. Alot of the small girls having an Alpaca tired to a lead much like a dog. We arrived at the Canyon after around an hour drive from Chivay. The Canyon was really impressive
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