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well we had a nice couple of days in arequipa, really cool little town, then on our canyon trip, our guide was wicked, heaps of information and answered our biggest question so far, what is the difference between a llama and an alpaca? llama is bigger with longer neck,mouth and ears, a curly tail and coarser hair, alapacha is ther oposite with a straight tail. so so relieved to know!!! quite a bit of driving on the first day, went to some hot pools in the evening, an american girl was feeling sorry for us in our state of poverty so bought us pisco sours to drink in the pool, nice one :) then to dinner and a folkloric show, was cute and i think i have developed quite a taste for quinoa, (tasty little peruvian wheat thing) it was bloody freezing so after that it was into bed.
 
up at 5.30am had breakfast and started on our was to cruz del condor where the condors nest. a few stops on the way for view points of the colca canyon. our tour guide said we might not see any condors cause this is the time of year they take vacations to the coast to eat sea lion placentas (what a holiday! count me out!!) just as we got there one that had been perched for about half an hour took off and we only saw it from about 500m away, bummer.
 
stayed there for a bit then headed back along the canyon. stopped for our guide to explain to us that the canyon was used as a massive food storage unit, basically a refridgerator, as she was saying this a condor flew a couple of meters above us and in a few seconds there were 8 of them above us! it was amazing, they are huge!!! apparently can be 1.5m tall and 2.8 wingspan, thats nearly as tall as me!!
 
went back to chivay for lunch then had a three hour drive to arequipa, it was slow cause it is over a 5000m mountain pass and it had been snowing. got back to arequipa in time for some food and a shower then on a night bus to cusco.
 
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