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We bought a tour package for Valle Del Colca, 150 km north of Arequipa. We spent two days with people from several nationalities. The goal was to visit the famous canyon, but everything else amazed me: the culture is so different from the rest of the country and the view is spectacular.
Children in southern typical clothing
Children in southern typical clothing
We passed by volcanoes and snow-capped mountains; we saw vicuñas,llamas and cute alpacas. I got so excited I almost hugged one, thank goodness the guide called my attention in time, or else it could have spit on me. We reached 4800m, the highest point. I did not have any problem with the altitude, just in the first couple of days I was more sleepy than usual.
Coporaque
Coporaque
We had lunch in Chivay, another city surrounded by mountains. We went to Coporaque and had a 2-hour trekking – lots of pictures, cactus and stories, not to mention the Inca tombs with skeletal remains. We enjoyed the thermal waters, several swimming pools with hot and relaxing water coming from a volcano.
Canyon Colca
Canyon Colca
We stayed in the district of Yanahuara, and had dinner in a typical restaurant with folk music and dance. The dancers came to the tables and invited the tourists to dance, there was even a contest. Everyone changed pairs and continued dancing. I only danced with a crazy yet fun Israeli guy. He thought I was fascinating until he found out I was about 5 years older than him, although it did not seem. He was flabbergasted and asked if I had a younger sister. What a nerve! Anyway, cultural shock is part of traveling.
The flight of the condor
The flight of the condor
On the second day our tour guide picked us at the hotel at 5:30 in the morning and we went to Cabanaconde to watch the amazing flight of the condor. As soon as the sun rises all the birds come flying in the canyon, really low and close to the observers. Colca is 4 thousand meters deep, it is splendid. I could not help wondering how beautiful the mountains should be covered in show, there were only a few at the time. On our way back we stopped to take pictures, had lunch in Chivay and returned to Arequipa after a 4-hour ride.

Take Note

In 2006 everything cost U$ 30 including transport, guide, meals and accommodation – spending 1 or 2 nights costs the same.

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Translated by Lúcia Maciel
English teacher

Author ro martins

Advertiser, tourism content generator, Territorios’s creator, photographer and travel guide. From the last 12 years, reports her travel experiences focusing on culture and ecotourism on her award-winning blog (Best Content Travel Blog at FITUR Madrid 2017).

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