Colca Canyon Day 1
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My canyon tour started at 8 am, and I was relieved to see a full mini bus arrive to pick me up, in contrast with my solo Machu Picchu inident. However, as I booked the lazy mans tour rather than a walking tour, my group consisted of almost all old people! The exception was a Canadian couple roughly my age, they were just as relieved to see me amongst the wrinkly faces, I´d say. The guy was quite friendly and lively, the girl however appeared to have a stick up her ass, as she rarely smiled or spoke, and didn´t even eat at any of the meals. Eating turned to to be pretty much the highlight of the tour, which in the end was quite boring.
In the village I was set up in a hostal with a private room which was kind of nice for a change, but not the most fun atmosphere by a long shot. Talking to people on the tour revealed quite a difference in price: I had paid 90 soles through my Arequipa hostel, the Canadians only 60, and another couple a whopping 120, which they thought was a steal as they were originally quoted 180! One nice aspect of the first day were some hotsprings, so we got a chance to soak our skin in extremely hot volanic water, a pleasant change to the freezing cold high altitude night air.