Travel Blogs from Arequipa
... the local church having a celebration, there were loads of people all piling out of the church. We stopped to try and figure out the occasion, but next minute we were face to face with a massive firework display right in the church's grounds. There are clearly no firework safety rules in Peru, as catherine wheels spun round and lifted in to the air, moments later bombing down into the crowd. Me and Kam hid in a shop doorway with a couple of old ladies who seemed to be ...
... grow everywhere - they're so cheap! Our trek wasn't arranged until Tuesday meaning we had another day to kill. Jo went out browsing all the Alpaca knitwear shops and returned sporting a new headband. Chris went shopping for something more manly - steak. For the second night we ate dinner with our new buddies, devouring the first red meat we'd had in 2 weeks, and went to bed early to prepare for our early pick up the following ...
... at the highest points (4910 metres above sea level), we managed to see some condors flying above the canyon and Lisa visited the local hot springs with some of our friends on the tour whilst Peter was feeling sorry for himself and coming down with the flu. Unfortunately, due to the timing of the tours, we only had one evening in Arequipa before an early start for Cusco in the morning. By this point, we were totally knackered and Peter was feeling so sick he thought he might be dying ...
... journey, ending up at Pinchollo, a small village where our hotel lodge was based. A short walk brought us to a viewpoint where we could see the colourful Colca valley on our right, and the start of the Canyon on our left. To put things into perspective, the Colca Canyon has a depth of 4,160m making it twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, USA.
The Colca Trek Lodge was beautiful, with log fires in the dining room, massive rooms with giant ...
... br> Also had a wander around the lovely carved columned
cloisters adjacent to La Compania church. The atmosphere was added to by a tuna
tuning-up – gotta love those outfits!
Spent the rest of the day doing washing and catching up the
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