Colca Canyon and the Irish pub
Trip Start Oct 15, 2013
50Trip End Apr 15, 2014
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The next day was an early start to Colca Canyon to see some Condors, we passed through valleys where there were loads of Inca terraces which make patterns in the landscape and over hills with llamas on them. We stopped at a small market, don't know why, there was nothing there but people selling snacks and fizzy drinks (we see these allll the time) and then we stopped at a small square. The square had a fountain in the middle, where kids in traditional dress were dancing round they were probably about 6-8 years old and the poor little lambs have to dance every morning from 6am to 8am to get money to raise money for the school. The worst thing about it is they dance to the same bloody song, we were there for about 15 minutes and it was annoying me by the end, so they must hear that tune in their sleep! There were also ladies with these massive hawks on their shoulders- the most impressive birds I have seen up close, but they are on ropes and it's cruel, so we were asked by our tour company not to engage with them as they don't condone the capture of the birds- so I took a sneaky shot of them as an 'up yours' to the ladies who keep them captive- I know, I am pretty much Che Gavara and Rolf Harris' love child right? Then we got back on the bus and made our way to Colca Canyon.
As we got near to the view point of the canyon, we stopped at the bottom of a hill. Our local guide had spotted a Condor sitting on a rock at the top. Condors are 120 cm tall and their wing spans are 3 meters, there are a lot of stories of them stealing babies in the olden days, but they are scavengers so I don't think there is a lot of truth in them. We stood at the bottom of the of the hill for about 10 minutes waiting for it to do something, but it didn't, so we went onto the view point
When we got back to the hotel, we opted to go to a natural hot spring, which wasn't that natural as they had made it into swimming pools, but we still enjoyed them. We did a proper natural spring on the Salt Flats which was volcanic I think, it was the first time our group really bonded and it was in the middle of the dessert which made it even more great. These springs were sulpha ones, so it smelt like eggy fart (something I have come accustom too living with farty pants Nath) and we had to pay for them, but it did have a bar, and it was like getting in a hot bath, with a beer, which in am not apposed too. After a soak, a beer and a smelly water fight, we got dressed and bussed it back to Arequipa to get our stuff, have a meal and get a night bus to Naska.