9months4continents2012with Di travel blog

Ross at the top of the dam - slightly higher than planned

Raqchi to Chivay

Raqchi to Chivay

Chivay at night complete with Llama

condors

same condors

waiting for the condors to appear - Mollie

Colca Canyon

yep - she ate them all!

hot springs near Chivay -me, Ross, Sue-anne, Mollie, Kim, Errol ,Kaye

Chivay was lined with these very interesting statues

Kim, Liz and Di on the birthday truck

we decided Stuart should stay for a few more days

more andes

woops Juri thought she was being private! no such thing on this...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A short drive took us to a another tourist village this time Chivay where one can visit Colca Canyon the home to a Condor colony. So a very early start and a two hour drive along the Colca River - a road that has only been in existence for about 30 years . So the villages in the valley are still pretty primitive.

But with tourism comes roadside shops and at the Canyon lots of tourist tat for sale. We arrived early enough to get front fence seats and were rewarded with about a dozen Condors coming up from there nests to go hunting we had a couple of younger ones sit on a rock on about 10m away. The Canyon is km long and we only saw a small part of it - to get to the deepest part would have taken another 6 hours of trucking and then a 9 hour walk - not too many people bother.

Decide to join the group for an all you can eat lunch which turned out to be really good the Alpaca stew reminded me of Irish Stew and was delicious. There were 4 deserts on offer chocolate mouse, caramel something cake and cactus jelly - Mollie went for the record and ate a mixture of 10 of them the previous drago record had been 7 so she is now in The drago record books.

Interestingly the next day she wasn't interested in any more deserts.

Spent the afternoon in a hot springs not far out of town very pleasant.



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