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Jul 19, 2010 - Chivay & Colca Canyon Tour

Bus to Chivey, flat tire, great mtns, alternate betw headache and stomach ache from altitude sickness (over 4800 m.= 14,800 feet). Vicuna, alpaca, llama viewing along the way, over pass we go to the hotsprings...very nice, lots of tourists but since we are here late in the day (7 pm) not as many as earlier I suspect. Eve dinner and folk music/dance better than I'd expected. See pics. Russ Lawrence and Jean Matthews...PCVs here from Hamilton, MT!!! Ran Chapter One Bookstore for 21 years there. Great meeting them and chatting. Visit Russ and...

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Apr 12, 2010 - Chivay / Arequipa

Up early at 6am to take our bus our to the Canyon to see the andean condors. When we arrived we took a 30min walk to the viewing platforms. There were about 10 in total that we saw. They kept flying over our heads. Some in our group were still suffering some bad food, so we drove back to Arequipa with only one quick stop for Coca tea. We got back in to Arequipa in the late afternoon. We did a little more shopping, some laudry for $3 kg. Back to our favorite vegitarian restaurant for dinner. This time we both ordered the Chinese soup that...

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Oct 18, 2008 - How to eat a rat!

Yes, I finally ate a Guinea Pig! Actually i´ll call it a rat but i have no idea if it is a rat or not. We had the option of choosing our own furry critter and having it dispatched in front of us but most of the truck didn´t feel this was necessary. With good advice I also ordered a pizza to share with Jo. The "rat" arrived spread out on a plate with all limbs, head, teeth and claws attached. It was quite funny for some and stomach churning for others. Where do you start to eat a rat? Anywhere you can find meat!! Mine had been on the tread...

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Oct 11, 2008 - Chivay

Got woken up early again this morning - suppose it was inevititable really after the last few days...so i made the most of it by heading out early and using the internet for a while. We left Arequipa about 10am and hadn't gone far when we were stopped because of some llama racing that was going on...was very strange and we couldn't quite work out what was going on but was fun to see. We stopped for lunch today at what must have been our windiest lunch stop so far as we all ended up with sand/grit in our faces and all over our food - yummy!...

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Bridget's Trip!

Aug 11, 2008 - Arequipa - Coporaque

Had a nice buffet breakfast at the hotel before leaving on a very comfortable bus journey for 4/5 hours to Chivay (Colca Canyon). We stopped often enroute to photograph scenery (snow-capped mountains and Llamas/Alpacas). Had a nice lunch on arrival, soup, various salads etc. and I had barbecue Alpaca (Very nice - like steak). Sarah had barbecue chicken. Hotel is really nice and overlooks a beautiful valley. Around 3.45 we had a trial hike up a nearby mountain. Sarah and I are feeling fine, the odd headache but nothing serious. We are having...

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Jul 19, 2008 - Colca Canyon Day 1

We traveled a rough, rutted road through high plains flanked by extensive Inca and pre-Inca terracing that goes on for kilometres, en route to the Colca Canyon—one of the deepest canyons in the world. Our first stop was Chivay, a picturesque village near the canyon, where we took a dip in the local hot thermal baths. We took showers this morning and flooded our bathroom floor with water. The shower drain was very slow, so all of the water flowed over the edge of the shower into the drain near the toilet. We keep saying it's all just part of...

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Jul 13, 2008 - Chivay & around

We booked a trip through Ana to take us up to the Andean town of Chivay which is 3633 metres above sea level. The journey we had to go even higher than this for some time and then come back down and you really could feel your ears popping like being on a plane. The first stop just outside Arequipa was at a shop selling coca leaves (to chew) and coca candies which, in addition to many other health-giving benefits, are said to alleviate altitude sickness. Coca has been used in medicine in the Andes for thousands of years but is illegal in...

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Jul 9, 2008 - Chivay / Colca Canyon

we woke up in the morning and went to visit the canyon.we got the canyon after driving by more beautiful scenery again.We went to the canyon and waited to see some condors.at first they were very low in the canyon then they woke up and were flying directly above our heads. They were amazing. Then we left and went to some other local towns to see a few things. Then we hiked for 45 minutes to the hot thermal springs which were nice and warm. The weather was gorgeous so we layed by the pools and relaxed for a change.Then got on another bus and...

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Apr 20, 2008 - Day 7: Colca Canyon and the great bike ride

We set off in the morning to visit the Condor viewing point. A romanticised vulture, the condor is a scavenger capable of flying great distances to find food. We need to get to the viewing point early as the birds use warming air currents of the early-mid morning to float away from their nests on the cliff sides of the great Canyon walls. The canyon itself is one of the deepest in the world and so deep that from where we are at the top, it is difficult to get a true sense of how deep it actually is. We arrive at the viewing point after a...

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Jun 27, 2007 - Chivay / Colca Canyon

Today we were off to visit the Colca Canyon. Our bus took us over the volcanic mountains which surround Arequepa. Then we entered an ecological zone where we saw wild vicunas and llamas. The highest point on the journey was at an elevationn of 4910 meters where we could see the snow capped Misti Mountains. Then it was on to the town of Chivay for a buffet lunch and onto the town of Coporaque to a small but beatiful hotel called Mama Yacchi's. The tour guide took us on an hour long trek to the hillside overlooking the town. Then it was of...

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Jun 27, 2007 - Colca Canyon / Chivay

Chris here. Katie and I are currently in Arequipa and we just returned from two days in the Colca Canyon, which may be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Every time I turned around the scenery was more and more breathtaking. It's a place that our pictures really do not do justice. Anyway, we left Arequipa on Wednesday pretty early for a 4 hour drive up through the mountains to a small town called Chivay. Along the way we stopped for some coca tea (to help with the altitude) and to hang out with an alpaca who kept trying to drink...

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Jun 16, 2007 - Colca Canyon

Our final day in Arequipa was dedicated to exploring the canyon areas north and west of Arequipa. Very high mountain passes, an ultra-deep canyon (twice as deep as the Grand Canyon), interesting wild life in a nature reserve, hot springs and traditional villages all make for interesting meandering. We left fairly early and were very quickly in high altitudes, stopping at 3300 m and then again at 4900m. The air is really thin up there and just walking around for a few minutes makes the heart race. The Salinas Y Aguada Blanca Reserve is home...

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