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Apr 19, 2008 - Day 6: Colca Canyon

We begin a long bus ride that will take us through and to some of the highest altitudes we will experience on the trip. The common advice is to chew coca leaves to not feel altitude sickness. Brenda is not looking too well and we worry she’s not going to be able to travel well but she turns out to be very gutsy although on the way back she appears not to remember any of the markets etc where we stopped on the way to the Canyon. We chomp through coca leaves like a lot of goats. The road does go through some remarkable scenery – stark and...

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Ally & Maddy in Peru

Feb 16, 2008 - Colca Canyon and our buddy Vidal!

We found ourselves in Arequipa (about one week ago), home of Arequipeña lager, and base for exploration of the 2nd deepest canyon in the world, the Colca Canyon. We spent two days in town gathering information on the Colca, talking to various trekking agencies, and simply enjoying the beautiful Plaza de Armas in the center of town, probably one of the nicest we have visited with its great palms and arched thoroughfares. I really need to thank a few people before I continue. First, our friends Kim and Carlos. Carlos grew up in the Sacred...

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Oct 25, 2007 - The Colca Canyon in the search for condors

We have a 2-day side trip from Arequipa (2400m) to the Colca Canyon (3600m). This involves a bus journey through the mountains, passing a high point at almost 5000m, so we all stop for coca tea which helps with acclimatisation. It doesn't taste too bad, certainly better than chewing the coca leaves they offer. Through the highlands we also pass herds of llamas, alpacas and vicunas. The locals keep them a bit like sheep, using their wool and eating their meat. By the time we get to our lovely hotel (at 3300m) I'm feeling the effects of the...

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Oct 18, 2007 - Colca Valley

Left Arequipa by road and travelled to the Colca Valley stopping for Coca tea on the way to help stave off any effects of altitude sickness. Roads towards the end were very rough but sunshine all the way so able to enjoy the magnificent scenery. Hope to upolad some photos shortly.

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Sep 25, 2007 - Arequipa-Colca Canyon

after a very long bus journey (10hrs) we finally arrived in Arequipa. try to imagine driving on the edge of a mountain and everything is on cobbled streets and then on a double decker bus right at the back and pitch black...nice....NOT. After surviving the journey we arrived in Arequipa at 9am. That day i didn't see much of the city as I was too knackered.We had dinner on one of the terraces over looking the Square. The food was crap, but the gave us ponchos as it was freezing. Unfortunately I forgot my camera, so no pictures of the...

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Heidi's SA Trip

Aug 25, 2007 - Llamas, Alpacas and Colca Canyon

Our trip to Colca Canyon began at 8.45am when we were picked up by a mini bus already full of Germans, French, Swiss and Portugese tourists. We were the last 2 to be collected making a total of 13 tourists. As we were last we spent the whole trip sitting at opposite ends of the mini bus. It doesn't seem to matter how old, wise, well travelled or otherwise people are when it comes to seating arrangements on buses or any where else for that matter, once you have sat in a seat it is yours and no one else would dare to upset the system and sit...

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Aug 4, 2007 - Colca Canyon

Once again, relatively early, we set off for the main attraction near to Arequipa...the Colca Canyon. The road winds its way northwest past the Chachani volcano (inactive) climbing all the time alongside the Arequipa to Juliaca railway. Willy, our guide, wants to point out the massive cement factory on the way... Yes Peru is doing a lot of construction... After a brief stop for supplies & to fix a punctured tyre we set off again. We've been told that the altitude may affect some or all of us badly & we are given a demonstration on how to...

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