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Oct 19, 2018 - Colca Canyon

I woke feeling so much better abs made sure I had coca tea at breakfast. I bought a table runner from a lady sewing at reception. We were picked up around 6:30 am and spent the morning exploring the Colca Canyon that is deeper than the Grand Canyon. The main attraction was the Condors. We only saw the juvenile birds as it was the right part of the season to see the adults,  but great to see them fly. The adults have a wing spam of around 2.5 mt. We stopped in some villages to see dancing, traditional dress and churches. Back in Chivay we...

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Moore's do Peru 2018

Oct 18, 2018 - To Chivay

We misread our itinerary so were not ready when our guide arrived, oh oh! We joined 3 other couples in a van for the 4 hour trip to Chivay. The first stop was to get water and some coca leaves or lollies, very important for altitude sickness. There were a few view spots along the way and also to see the different types of Peruvian camel (Alpaca, Lama, Vicuna). We had Inka tea at one stop that was a mixture of herbs good for altitude, digestion and sore throats. It's a pretty barren landscape. We made a stop at our highest point for the trip...

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Moore's do Peru 2018

Oct 17, 2018 - Arequipa

It was a surprisingly good overnight trip on the bus. We left around 11pm and arrived 9am. We arrived late due to the delayed departure and our guide was not around. Eventually Jeffery turned up as he was waiting in the car not exactly sure of the arrival time with the delay.  Because we were late we just dropped our bags at the hotel (right on the main square) and headed straight out on the city tour. We went to a few stops to have views of the city and the surrounding volcanoes and mountains and to appreciate the different architecture. ...

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Aug 23, 2018 - Colca Canyon

We are up at 5.00am this morning as we are going for a walk to a lookout point across the Valle of Colca. We can see small villages on the other side of the canyon and down to our right is an oasis of green where different crops can grow because the altitude is so much lower. Some of the small trails we can see on the other side of the canyon date from Inca times. Back to the Hotel for breakfast and then we go back to near the Condor Cross and we walk for an hour or so to get to the lookout. As we walk we can see quite a few condors but as...

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Aug 22, 2018 - Colca Canyon

This morning at 6.20 we join a Pablo tour to the Colca Canyon. We meet again with Harley and our driver Nelson. There are two other couples, one from Switzerland, Laura & Matias and the other from England Arun and Zetti. We have a comfortable van with plenty of spare seats so we can spread out. We leave Arequipa which is 3,300m and travel up through the mountains which is slow going as there are many large trucks on the road. These trucks are carting to and from the mines in these mountains which are mainly copper and silver. We stop for...

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Aug 21, 2018 - Arequipa

Today we leave our Hotel around 9am to vist the Museo Santuarios Andinos. Here we are given a guided tour of the artifacts found in the tombs on Mount Ampato, dating from 550 years ago. We are shown ceramics, jewellery textiles and also the remains of Juanita a 12 year old girl that was sacrificed to the gods for good crops and favourable weather. She was discovered in 1995 when a nearby volcano erupted and melted the ice on Mount Ampato. When found she was frozen, therefore mummified naturally, so all her internal organs and some fluids...

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Aug 20, 2018 - Arequipa

We arrive into Arequipa at 5.15am. The bus was very comfortable and we managed to get quite a lot of sleep. The whole busload is being dropped at their Hostels or Hotels and we are the last, so we arrive at Casa Consuelo Hotel at 6.15. Unfortunately our room is not available so we sit in the foyer until 7am and then we wander up to the main square to hunt for a place to have breakfast. As usual there is a man on the footpath trying to get passers by into an upstairs restaurant but we are happy to go as it overlooks the square. An American...

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Apr 27, 2018 - April 27, 2018 – Arequipa, Peru

April 27, 2018 – Arequipa, Peru We had a later start this morning so we did not have to roll out of bed before 8 if we didn’t want to. However, I woke up at 6:30 so I just went ahead and got up. It is a good thing that we came yesterday because there was a strike by group of laborers (we didn’t hear who), and the road on which we came to Arequipa was closed by the strikers for several hours. As it was, one of the streets here in town was closed by miners who were demanding their pay for the work they had done. To say that traffic was...

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Jul 13, 2014 - Arequipa - The Last Day!

Repeat of yesterday - breakfast in bed and lounging. We are going to 11:30 mass at the Cathedral that dominates the main plaza. This cathedral is the only one in Peru that stretches the length of the plaza. It is one of less than 100 basilicas in the world entitled to display the Vatican flag. Not sure what the criteria is to have such an honor but I will try to find out. And by "I" I mean Mirta will need to ask one of the locals. Some speak English, however, some do not. Sunday is also mercado day in Arequipa - let's see what little...

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Jul 13, 2014 - Germany Defeats Argentina

We had lunch at Crepisimo - lots and lots of different crepes to choose from. When was the last time you had a crepe? I forgot how much I like them. I finally had a chicha morada, a beverage, made from purple corn boiled with cinnamon, cloves and pineapple skins. Delish! The game is on the big TV screen and all during lunch the score was 0-0. Boo hoo - Argentina lost The World Cup, however, it was fun to be part of the buzz as soccer is so big in Peru. Walking down any street the game is on in every restaurant/bar with people cheering...

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Jul 12, 2014 - Arequipa - The Lazy Day

The day is off to a great start - breakfast in bed, compliments of Mirta, who brought food to our room. We ate in bed as we checked email and lounged. The shower in this hotel is to die for and we take full advantage of the nice bathroom! Our first stop is Museo Santuarios Andinos where Juanita, the Ice Maiden is housed. She was the beautiful young girl (age 12) who was offered to the gods by the Incas - they thought the gods were angry due to the volcanos, rain and lightening. Juanita traveled to Ampato Volcano accompanied by a great...

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Jul 11, 2014 - The Day Of The Condors!

Short night - up at 5:00 with breakfast at 5:30 a..m. A great variety of cereals (nothing remotely like we have at home), home-made yogurt, freshly squeezed papaya, pineapple and orange juice and of course their incredibly yummy bread with cheese, olives, tomatoes and avocado. The second half of the tour continues......to see the condors. First we make 2 stops at nearby villages in the Canyon; to visit their church and perhaps to have the tourists spend some of their money on local crafts. We do the former, not the latter. The scenery is...

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