Colca Canyon, impressive land
Colca Travel Blog› entry 8 of 8 › view all entries
April 17th, 2010 – by: tirsomaldonado
On the way we passed by a cooper mine. It seems to be that Chile, Perú and the USA are the largest producers of this mineral worldwide. Although Perú sends everything they extract to Chile to be processed. Our guide also explained to us what was the deal with Quechua (native language). They don’t teach it in school, so it is only spoken in remote towns and villages in the mountains.
Around 6am the sun was already rising and we stopped in Chivay, a small village at the beginning of the Colca Valley. At the entrance you will have to pay the national park ticket if you want to visit it. It was about 30 pesos per person! We had breakfast in a small restaurant in the center of town! We had to fill our stomachs before heading the Condor Cross! If you get lucky you can see condors flying along the Canyon! As I wanted to make sure to see Condors, I offered Jimmy to the Pachamama! Just kidding! Pepe explained to us that when Peruvians in the mountains offer pisco, coca leafs, llama fat, quinua and other products to the land (Pachamama) if they want something in return.
On the way we stopped in a couple of towns in the middle of the valley and we took some photos with eagles, condors, alpacas and llamas. And you also find tons of small tends with souvenirs and other products they sell to tourists. By the way, every time you take a photo with any sort of animals you pay around 1 sol.
We reached the Condor Cross around 8.30 and we saw condors straight away! I had my 100-400 lens but it was quite difficult to get them in the picture! I still don’t know if it was due to condor’s speed or because we had some Cusqueñas (local beer) while waiting the condors to appear ☺ Check out my photos! Around 9.
At 5.30 pm we were back in Arequipa. This city is the second largest city in Peru with 855.000 citizens. It is a pity we had no time to visit it as the plane to Lima was leaving at 7.30pm. We arrived to our hotel in Lima around 11pm, so we just went to sleep. Our trip was over! ☹
Right now I am revising everything I have written under the effects of a nice red wine bottle! ☺
On my way to Peru I created a tag cloud with some key tags:
Jungle, jaguar, chaman, Inca, condor, crevice, Machu Picchu, lama, Amazonia, Titicaca
After spending a week working and visiting the country, my tag cloud has changed a little bit:
Condor, puma, snake, gastronomy, Macchu Picchu, Waynapicchu, Colca, warmness, llama, chaman, inca, aceviche, pisco sour, coca sour, cusco, security, Titicaca, pachamama, quechua, silver, Inca cola, chefs, Plaza de Armas, jelly, coca leaf
• Book your Machu Picchu tickets in advance
• Stay in Aguas Calientes the day before and after
• Withdraw money as you cannot pay with credit card in many places (they charged them around 7% commission)
• Bring some toilet paper with you, some bathrooms do not have
• In most places you are asked to throw the toilet paper in a bin, not in throne! ☺
• Don’t eat much for dinner when being more than 2000 meters above sea level
• When you get to Cusco or Arequipa, have some coca mate when you get there
• In Peru you give only one kiss on the left chick to women, and you shake hands with men
• Tourism offices are very helpful
• From Miraflores to the airport we paid 25 soles, so be careful, in most places they charge you 45.
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