Sophy's South American Adventure May 2011 travel blog


Arequipa square

Llamas in the road

Still just about breathing at 5000m

Locals at Colca Valley

Condors over canyon

All looking cool in our Inca hats!




More Condors

Colca Canyon

Colca Valley

The hot springs

Cocktails in the hot springs

More cocktails

Wierd Peruvian dancing...or trying!

Roadside alpackas

After Nazca, I then went to Arequipa, the second biggest city in Peru. It was a really nice place, and finally we had some great weather and a free day to people watch and sit around in cafes and the square all day. The next day we got a bus to Colca Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world, and around 3500 to 4000m above sealevel. We stopped off at 5000m above sealevel, and despite a hangover and a lack of sleep, I was fine, but a lot of people got altitude sickness. We stayed in a hotel in the middle of nowhere, and started our high altitude hiking training off, with a steep´s amazing how much harder it is a high altitude, we were all huffing and puffing like anything, and despite all being a bit scared about the Inca trail now, it was good practise! The next day we went to visit Cruz del Condor to watch the condor gliding. It was really cool, and there were at least 10 of them crusing around above our heads, and landing in front of us...they are really impressive birds. More hiking, and then a well needed visit to the hot springs, which were a great 39deg C, and with a few cocktails in the pool, it was a great way to unwind! Although we also found time for a visit into town for dinner with traditional music, lots of wierd dancing and more pisco sours ended the colca canyon trip...

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