Sitting in the hot pools, by the river, in the bottom of a 3000m deep canyon, in Peru

Arequipa Travel Blog

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Getting to Arequipa was very straight seems the buses are getting better. You even get meals on these Peruvia buses!! so easy!

Arequipa is peru´s 2nd biggest city... and its just that. A city. Having seen enough latin american cities, now it didnt really do much for me... but the region does host some incredible scenery... deserts, alpine plains, 6000m + volcanoes, and the main star... the two deepest canyons in the world... all 3000m of it.

We originally wanted to climb some mountains, and satisfy my desire to conquer a 6000m peak, but we wisened up when we realised we werent really acclimitised. So inorder to feed our appetite for adventure, we set out for Colca Canyon... the worlds 2nd (doesnt sound so impressive does it?) deepest canyon.
Not opting for the textbook tour, we decided to run our own.

We completely messed up he buses, but made it in the end. We chose a route a little less travelled than the popular one, and were rewarded for it. The canyon itself isnt as dramatic as the grand canyon, but the area in a whole, is damn impressive... there are snow cladded peaks looming directly over the canyon (making up its height). In the bottom a tiny river has etched it out, but did a damn good job. We climbed, down 1000m, then up, then down again where we stayed the night in an Awesome little hostel in the bottom of the canyon where two rivers meet.

The hostel was very rustic, no power, cooking onthe fire, and made completely with natural materials... but it did have hot pools... right by the river. After a long day of up and downhills... we spent three solid hours lazing in the pools. only leaving because it was getting too dark!

Climbing out wasnt easy... it was a 1300m high, 9km climb, and took about 4 hours. The whole time we didnt see another tourist, and it seemed we only had to share the place with the occasional condor, or local villager.

So i´ve chalked that one down as a top 10 on the trip so far... and now its off to Cusco & Macchu Picchu!!!

zakw says:
yeh, just bag up your gear, and leave it in ahostel in arequipa. Get the bus to chivay, then cobanaconde there, but allow a full day, as the bus timetable is sketchy... then allow at least two days there... you'll be pleasantly rewarded...
Posted on: Apr 26, 2009
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