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Aug 29, 2010 - Colca Canyon

The following day we made our way to Colca Canyon by way of the Reserva Nacional de Aguada Blanca, Reserva Vicuñas and pueblos tipicos in the countryside around the Canyon. This region is very close to the Atacama desert and so is dry and dusty. At the highest point we reached 4,900 metres above sea level and took pictures at a viewpoint called Los Volcanes y Nevados como el Ampato. Volcanoes and Mountains in the area, Ampato being the one where they found the mummy of the Inca girl sacrificed to the God's. Very high up and very beautiful...

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Sue's Big Trip

May 22, 2010 - The Colca Valley

The last couple of days have been spent in the andes mountains, in the colca valley. We were staying in a beautiful lodge in the middle of nowhere with 360 views of the mountains, this was about 3800m altitude and luckily, no symptoms! Went hiking and found some tombs up in the mountain tops which were a bit grim, skulls and bones everywhere. They bury them up there so that they are closer to the gods (sun, moon, stars, mother earth) There was talk of making a sacrifice to ensure we saw condors the next day in the canyon, apparently I was...

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Kellys Month Off!

May 8, 2010 - Flight of the Condor

We spent a day in Colca Canyon which is famous for being loads bigger than the Grand Canyon. It’s not as wide, which is why many concede that the Grand Canyon with its endless girth is the more aesthetically pleasing sight, but on statistics Colca Canyon is impressive, over four times deeper than the Grand (the deepest bit is about 4.5 km from top to bottom!). The sight was impressive but we really went there to see Condors. We were unsure whether or not we would see any. We were on a tour and they made it clear that you are not guaranteed...

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Operation Badger

Jan 24, 2010 - Colca Canyon and Condors

I have spent the past 3 days in the world’s second deepest canyon. We have gone on a number of hikes over the past 3 days to prepare ourselves for Machu Pichu, hikes which have tested my physical strengths, hikes which I have completed and felt good about completing. I feel like I am ready for the trail. We left for the canyon early in the morning. The bus ride was to take 5 hours, stopping off en route to drink some coca tea, see the many different species of animal which roamed the Andes, and to visit the highest toilet in the world at...

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Apr 10, 2009 - Colca Canyon :)

Woooooooooo Colca Canyon...... W spent two days in the Colca Canyon and anyone that visits Peru should go here and if you do go to a place called Pacha Mama (which means mother earth in english). Its a hostel slash resturant thingy that have woodfire pizzas so good and the guys there were really nice, they sat down and chatted to us and showed us a little salsa. It was very relaxed and exactly what i needed. I tell you oine thing being in a group has its ups and downs like anyone would expect. I (and Anna) was getting sick of eating int he...

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Jan 17, 2009 - Off to Colca Canyon

Our taxi arrives on time and we get to Casa de Avila along with Allan for 3.15 and shortly after this we are met be a lovely Peruvian guide called Luc. She´s very smiley and happy, particularly given the hour. Our bus doesn´t arrive until 4.30 and we´re not best pleased, but it´s a nice large coach and we manage to catch a few Z´s. We travel for 3 hours to Chivay, around the back of Chachani and up to around 5,500 metres. I start to get a slight headache because of the altitude, but drink lots of water to compensate. Up the mountains, along...

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Oct 27, 2008 - Colca Canyon

Finally arrived in a place where we were scheduled to spend 2 days in a row - its a superexciting start. So does anyone know what the definition of a canyon is? Cause we have driven through a lot of valleys with high rocky mountains on each side and apparently they weren´t all canyons. The special thing about this particular canyon is it is the second deepest one in the world ... according to lowly planet! I must say there was some particularly awesome scenery on the drive in. We spent the first night in little town called Chivay at the...

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Oct 12, 2008 - Colca Canyon

So we were once again in a noisy room last night and didn't sleep well - seems to be a pattern developing... We were also up early as we had a 6.30am breakfast so we were all ready to leave on our tour of the Colca Canyon at 7am! Unfortunately one of the girls was unwell, really bad altitude sickness, and ended up going to hospital to be on a drip (which worked wonders for her) for the morning so she wasn't able to come with us but the rest of us set off. It took about an hour on the local bus to drive to the farthest point we would be...

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Bridget's Trip!

Aug 4, 2008 - Trekking down in the Colca canyon

The main purpose of our trip to the Arequipa region was to do a three day trek through the Colca canyon, northwest of Arequipa. The Colca canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world (3191m) and is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA. The canyon is also inhabited by many people who still adhere to traditional Andean ways of life. One of the main attractions of the canyon (apart from the great views) is the Andean Condors. So after a 4am start on our first day our group made its first stop at Cruz del Condor to watch the birds...

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Jul 20, 2008 - Colca Canyon Day 2

Today is my 32nd birthday. It sounds like such a big number, but I still feel the way I did when I was much younger! We awoke just afer 5:00 AM to take a hour-and-thirty-minute drive up a dusty, rutted road to watch the wild Andean Condors catch the morning thermals out of their nests. They are the largest flying birds in the world (a wing span of almost nine feet) and glide rather than flap their wings to conserve energy. Their nests are located in one of the deepest canyons on the planet. After finding a nice place to sit on the edge of...

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Jul 15, 2008 - Colca Canyon

We met our guide, a local guy called Roy, at the top of the Colca Canyon. The canyon is supposedly the deepest in the world at twice the depth of the Grand Canyon. The walk started off well as we marvelled at the breathtaking views of the canyon whilst making progress down a track with a mild decline. Although this part was a relatively easy course, the effects of any kind of physical exhertion at this altitude are accentuated, so we were more out of breath than usual for this level of exercise. As we got a bit further down, the track...

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May 4, 2008 - Colca Canyon: Going down down down into the canyon

Day 1: Going down down down… So I've been to the heady heights of Salkantay at 4600m so decide to go low and trek into the the second deepest canyon in the world, Colca Canyon. Decide to opt for the standard 3 day 2 night trek which started off with a knock on the dormitory door at 515am 'your taxi is here!' I wouldn't have minded but having hit the sack about 2am I was a little tired. Carlos (aka Carlito) our guide takes us to the bus station where we meet the rest of the group: a French couple, an American couple and an Israeli girl, so a...

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