Colca Canyon Trek

Trip Start May 31, 2008
Trip End Jun 01, 2009

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

We had originally planned to do the Colca Canyon Trek starting July 26th, but after eating some bad food in Arequipa we decided to delay it a day.  We should of delayed it more.  The Colca Canyon is an awesome 3191m deep making it the second deepest canyon in the world, and over twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. 

The trek itself turned into quite the experience. Thankfully the trek was not much of a trek but merely two days of light walking and a hard third day climb out of the canyon.  The first day we thought we were going to be fine and we had recovered from the bad food.  But when dinner arrived it was not very good (an understatement - we will spare you the details) and set both of us sick again.  On the second day we trekked (walked) for 3 hours and that is all we could take.  Latha got very sick again and could not keep anything down.  When we woke up on the third day at 3am to hike the 3 hours and 1100m up out of the canyon, Latha was working on no sleep and only a chocolate bar and half a bottle of pop that she could eat.  We did survive, but the moral of this adventure was make sure you feel 100% before taking off on a three day trek.  Some people needed to ride donkeys to make it up the mountain - but not our hearty Calgarian suffering from food poisoning!  She did give the donkey riders some menacing looks, however.  
On the way back to Arequipa we stopped at the Cruz Del Condor where could could watch the condors fly high in the sky.  At over 10kg and a wing span of 3m is considered the largest flying bird in the world and is also an endangered species.  It was very mesmerizing to watch them soar over the canyon.  They live for 80 years - and as a woman from Lima noted - that is longer than the average Peruvian!

We went on the trek during a long weekend in Peru, so many nationals joined us for the trip.  It was nice to meet some locals along with fellow travelers.
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calvin.latha on

Re: In Puno
Thank you for your message and suggestions of guides. Do you remember the travel company you used in Cucso (where Freddie worked)? We are looking forward to traveling with Jesma and Lorin for the next couple weeks!

Latha and Calvin

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