Thursday.............to Chivay

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Four vicunas running away.

We left around 8:15 for Chivay and Colca Canyon.  It is at Colca Canyon that you can see condors fly.  I was pleasantly surprised with the van; it was new and takes around 15 people.  For USD35 for two days, including one night’s accommodation, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  We didn’t leave Arequipa until a bit before 9, after picking up another couple and stopping for some people to make last minute purchases.  The guide kept going on about people getting sick as we were going to be at 5,000m asl and people who’d been in Cusco and La Paz still got sick etc, so some people went and bought medicine or coca leaves at the shop where we stopped.  I was beginning to wonder if I was going to be sick, the way the guide was going on.

Sheep for Trevor and Sonia
  Anyway, I wasn’t at all ill, and I don’t think that anyone on our bus had any altitude problems.  Later I realized that the guide was probably getting a commission from the shop.

 

We stopped four or five times on the way to Chivay and nearly always there just happened to be a market.  At one stop there were llamas and alpacas in a corral and the guide told us about the differences between the two.  At another place it was the highest point, around 5000 metres asl.

 

When we got to the entrance to Colca Canyon National Park I had to pay the entrance fee of NS35, AUD13, on top of the USD35 for the tour.  The guide was recommending a particular restaurant for lunch.  The owners were very pushy, trying to get everyone inside.

Corral of llamas and alpacas
  I had a look and decided that I just wanted a sandwich, so ended up going off with 4 young people from the US.  I had a sandwich for NS3, AUD1, and they had two courses for NS5 pp.  Apparently the lunch at the recommended café was NS15, AUD6, and NS18 for the buffet and someone said that the food wasn’t very nice.

 

After lunch we were taken to our hostel.  Two other girls, from Casa de Avila in Arequipa, and I stayed at a place called Kolping Hotel, more like a motel. I had been wondering what accommodation I’d be getting, but it was a large room with twin beds and ensuite.  Very basic, but fine for me.  The others stayed in dorm style accommodation, four to a room, in the centre of town. 

 

After a while I walked into town and wandered around the markets, then walked back to the hotel, which was on the edge of town.

Frozen water, yes it was very cold.
  At about 7:30 we were picked up and taken to a folkloric restaurant in town, El Encanto del Colco.  The dinner I selected was entrée vegetables, which were ok, but the main course was supposed to be spaghetti bolognaise.  Turned out to be spaghetti which appeared to have tomato sauce on the top.  There was a dessert of a portion of cold pancake with a slice of cold banana on the top.  Cost was NS16, AUD6.  2 glasses of red wine NS16, AUD6.

 

We went back to the hotel around 9.  Wore most of my clothes to bed as there was no heating. 

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Four vicunas running away.
Four vicunas running away.
Sheep for Trevor and Sonia
Sheep for Trevor and Sonia
Corral of llamas and alpacas
Corral of llamas and alpacas
Frozen water, yes it was very cold.
Frozen water, yes it was very cold.
Highest point; what, a market?
Highest point; what, a market?
Highest point
Highest point
Chivay
Chivay
Streetscape, Chivay
Streetscape, Chivay
Reception, Kolping Hotel
Reception, Kolping Hotel
The units, Kolping Hotel
The units, Kolping Hotel
My room, Kolping Hotel
My room, Kolping Hotel
Walking into Chivay
Walking into Chivay
High mountain rescue team.
High mountain rescue team.
Church, women in foreground asking…
Church, women in foreground askin…
El Encanto del Colco.  Two friends…
El Encanto del Colco. Two friend…
Band, El Encanto del Colco
Band, El Encanto del Colco
Chivay
photo by: scacos2006