Trip Start Nov 20, 2006
92Trip End Jun 27, 2007
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Our guide took us to a 'cultural dance show' that night - just Matts cup of tea, he wedged himself into a seat by the wall so there was no chance that he would be dragged up to dance. It was the most bizarre dance show. It all started innocently enough and then out came the whips! The bloke and girl took it in turns whipping each other and then the bloke kept disappearing under the girls skirts. It was at this point that one of our group, Rob, got dragged up to dance. He entered into it whole heartedly, I think secretly enjoying being hit by an extremely pretty Peruvian girl. Once we'd all managed to stop laughing our guide explained that the dance is acting out someone who has malaria and the various ways they tried to get rid of it from the body - um, not sure I follow that one!
Back at the hotel we sat in front of the fire and watched a DVD - 'The Guardian' with Kevin Costner - an ok film but it went on for far too long. While we've been on the tour we haven't had a single guide who hasn't managed to get lucky with one of our group, in fact there's often been a bit of competition between the girls as to who gets the guy. Matt and me have been taking bets all the way along and tonight Matt won - after only an hour we spotted the guide in the back row with one of the girls before they snuck off for an 'early night'!
At 5:30am the next day we set off along the edge of the Canyon to Condors Cross. This is the best spot in the canyon to watch the condors flying. It may be the best place but it's also the busiest. The condors were about but by the time Matt and me worked our way to the front of the crowd they had gone. A bit of patience though and a short wait and they were soon back. It was amazing watching them glide on the thermals around the canyon. They look so graceful and yet have a 3m wing span. It was then back on the bus for a 5hour journey back to Arequipa. We had about 4 hours to kill hanging around the hotel before getting the overnight bus to Nazca.........