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Aug 20, 2005 - Colca Canyon Day 1

It was a very hot day and after lunch in a touristic restaurant and then decented to the Colca River which was a long decent and walking with very slow people was slightly frustrating! Our accommodation was described before we left as 'rustic' however, was warm and welcoming.

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Aug 16, 2005 - Colca-canyon

Arequipaban egyebkent eppen fiesta volt, a varos alapitasanak evforduloja, es ennek alkalmabol zenes-tancos karneval volt a varos egesz teruleten, elkepeszto felvonulas, rengeteg ember tancolt. Masnap indultunk a Colca-canyonba. Nemi gondolkodas utan letettunk az eredetileg lefoglalt haromnapos, turazast is tartalmazo haromnapos utrol, es helyette ketnaposat valasztottunk, es milyen jo, mert nem is volt mar hely a haromnaposon. (Egyebekben az emailes foglalasok eddig bejottek.) A ketnapos is boven soknak bizonyult, mert Gy.-t elovette a...

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Judit Peruban

Jul 27, 2005 - Colca Canyon - Kondorbesichtigung

Hallo ihr im Kaeseland Hier soll mal etwas gesagt sein: Wir vermissen den Schweizer Kaese! Ihr habt es wirklich schoen in der Schweiz. Wisst ihr das??? Naja, dafuer habt ihr keine Empanadas, Salteñas, Rellenos, Pique Machos und wie all die Leckereien hier heissen. Aetsch! Lassen wir das Essen.... Nach der Besteigung des Machu Picchu kam die naechste Herausforderung: Der tiefste Canyon der Welt. Der Colca hat eine Tiefe von 2'000 m (der Grand Canyon ist nur 1'400 m tief, paah!) und ist wirklich beeindruckend. Vor allem die vielen...

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Jul 16, 2005 - Arequipa / Cañon del Colca

arrived at 7 am in the white city of Arequipa and went straight to the casa de Melgar, a hostal in an 18th century building with several patios and a nice garden. Its quite cold in the morning, so it is in the room (no heating). After a hot shower and a breakfast I started to discover the city at the Plaza de Armas and the enormous cathedral. Next I spent hours in the monastery Santa Catalina, one of the most fascinating colonial religious building in Peru, a peaceful city within the city. Lunched on a rooftop terrace in the sun with a view...

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Jun 23, 2005 - Chivay, Peru

Arequipa is at an elevation of about 7600 ft., but in a couple of hours we stopped for a break at a small cafe and were at more than 13,000 ft. above sea level. Tobias made note that we were now higher than Mt. Blanc, the highest point in all of Europe. The two days spent in Arequipa helped to acclimatize me to the altitude. At the stop we were advised to drink the 'mate' that was offered. It was the leaves and stems of four different plants (including coca) in a glass of hot water making a sort of tea drunk to help with indigestion and...

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Jun 16, 2005 - Colca Canyon - The Highs and Lows

We set out early in the morning on a journey to Colca Canyon with a group of 9 people from New Zealand, Israel, Spain, Austria, and the U.S (the two of us, of course!). The driver of our van took us on a windy and bumpy road, higher and higher into the mountains. For much of the ride, the road was unpaved and rutted out. The only other vehicles we passed were for tourists or trucking. Beginning from Arequipa at 2380 meters, we ascended to a high point of 4800 meters above sea level. To help us acclimate, we made a stop for coca tea....

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Jun 15, 2005 - Cabanaconde & the Canon del Colca

Team England decided to go this alone and instead of booking through an agency, went to Cabanaconde and treked the canyon without a guide. The Canon del Colca is the world's second deepest canyon at 3191m. We were met by Roy after arriving in Cabanaconde's Plaza de Armas at 12am in the freezing cold and were taken straight to his hostel, a bargain at 5 soles ($1.50) a night. The next day we made the 2hr trek down into the canyon to the oasis at the bottom (a place to relax and swim in the pools). After spending a few hours lying in the sun...

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Jun 14, 2005 - Colca Canyon, Peru... Bathing and dancing!

Apart from being the beautiful capital of the department, Arequipa also offers numerous adverturous activities to its visitors. One of the most popular excursions from here is the two, three or four days trip to the Colca Canyon - once thought to be the deepest canyon in the world! I was tempted to do a three day trekking tour, which included a three hour walk down to the bottom of the canyon, and then walk your own way up again over a period of two days (with many stops!). An afternoon basking in the warmth of a tropical oasis also...

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Yat's Big Trip

Jun 14, 2005 - Colca Canyon and Cabanaconde

Whooshing off from Arequipa to catch a glimpse of the world's SECOND deepest canyon. Famed for the Condors (extreeemly large carrion vulture type ...like hassling cows so that they fall off the cliff and then devour...bird)that have been nesting there for nundreds of yerrrrrs. A nice bus to Chivay and an unusually full bus onto Cabanaconde (in fact I was in between seats 1 and 2 and the driver and the door and a sack of vegetables and so on, long shot is that it was an unpleasant 3 hour ride). Got our room for 1 pound eighty a night and...

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Apr 23, 2005 - Chivay and the Colca Canyon

Well, our final night in Cusco was a big one as usual. 8 of us ladies went out for a girlie dinner an 4 of us carried on taking advantage of the free drinks fliers that get thrown at you whenever you walk round Plaza del Armas in Cusco! We ended up in Mama Afrikas and some of the lads joined us later. Ended up going to bed at ooooh, about 630 and we had to leave at 8 !!!! Yes not that bright an idea when you have a 12 hr journey on unpaved roads. Felt very rough all day. We finally arrived in Chivay, a small town ner the Colca Canyon, at...

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Moon On Tour 2005

Apr 3, 2005 - Horrible hiking!!!

Aaargh, that was the hardest thing I remember doing in ages, it really hurt!! Three days of trekking down into and then climbing out of Peru's Colca Canyon - twice as deep as the USA's Grand Canyon! We started at 3,300m and hiked down to the Colca River down rocky mountain paths. My legs are not built for it, maybe I am too old, but whatever it was sooo painful. Dance salsa all night I can do, swim for hours no problem, and run for two hours is OK, it's not that I don't have energy, but uphill trekking!!! Ugh. The downhill is one thing, but...

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Feb 28, 2005 - Colca Canyon trek.

I booked the trip with the person who ran my hotel there as he also worked in a travel agency, it was to be a 3 day trek starting by being picked up at the hotel at 6am and going by "Private Transport" to Cabanaconde at the top of the Colca Canyon. I was a bit aprehensive when I had to wake them up at 6am and he hailed a taxi outside the hotel. We jumped in the cab, dashed acros town and picked up Jan (Yan, german male) at a street corner then went off to the bus station. He then gave us an envelope told us to give it to Marcus the guide at...

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