Flight of the Condor
Trip Start Sep 05, 2012
91Trip End Jan 22, 2013
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After a yummy ¨home cooked¨ breakfast in Arequipa, we were exited to see some Condors and headed off into the massive Peruvian Andes, at 16,500ft of altitude, through the natural preserve, we saw our first Vicuñas, which I stopped so Easton could run after them to take Photos. She came back completely winded, at this altitude you really gasp for air if you walk fast...especially in our motorcycle gear. She looked a bit funny trying to run after them, like she was in a space suit walking on the moon. The animals were a bit freaked by her and started forming a herd, with the leader standing on a rock as she advanced towards them. The Vicuñas are cousins to the Alpacas and Llamas, very cute, furry, and cool animals to observe on the high plains. They have eyelashes so long, that you can see them from afar. We climbed a bit more after that, over 16,500 ft, then went into a very threatening sky
Ice balls the size of dimes pelted down on us and melted on the wet road, quite the sight to see, and quite the storm to ride through. As we got lower into the town, we had to pay an entrance fee, which we knew about, as this in a main tourist attraction for the area. I pulled over on the side of the road and went to pay, when a gust of wind, left over from the rain, came through and pushed the bike over on its side… quickly people came over and helped us pick up Popo, back up, no major damage done, other than a dent on the right side of our trunk… what are you going to do? Shake it off and keep going. Once into the cute town of Chivay, we found ¨La Casa de Anita¨ hospedaje, no parking, but it seemed safe enough to leave Popo on the street. We got settled and went into town to find an alarm clock, as we want to get up early tomorrow and ride up the dirt road for one to two hours into the Cañon de Colca, to see the Royal Condors rise up the Canyon. Apparently the early morning hours are the best time to see them.
Chivay is a very small town, with interesting statues of colorful white people wearing the local clothing, they were trying to represent their heritage, but somehow none of the statues did not looked like any of the local Peruvians, quite interesting. At the local bazaar we found the alarm clock we were looking for, and then hiked to a Inca Ruin near by. We crossed over an incredible Inca bridge that they had built into the rock. Amazing to see in person. We had a light dinner and went to bed early.