Colca Canyon Trek
Trip Start May 31, 2008
107Trip End Jun 01, 2009
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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
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.