The Colca Valley
Trip Start Mar 12, 2012
57Trip End Jul 10, 2012
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I was unfortunately feeling pretty ill at this point. I had a horrible cold, I was exhausted, my knees were hurting, so I didn't feel up to the 3 day hike in the Colca Canyon. Luckily the hostel did a tamer 2 day tour of the valley, so I signed up for that and chilled out until that day
So after that sort of depressing museum tour, we went to the local market, and then that evening had some amazing pizza for dinner, before having a movie night!
Then the next day I left for my tour to Colca Valley. We drove for a few hours out to the town of Chivay, doing lots of stops on the way to take photos. We also saw lots of vicunas, Peru's national animal. It's heavily protected now, as they are endangered after being hunted to a low number. Their fur is considered the finest quality wool, and so their brown fur is worth $250 a kilo! Impressive. We also stopped at a place where the locals make their offerings to the mountains
Then it was bed, before an early morning wake up to go and see Cruz del Condor. This had already been ruined for me slightly as my Machu Picchu guide Sam had told me the condors only go there because the locals put food out for them everyday. So after waiting in the cold for an hour, they finally turned up, and they were magnificant. Absolutely huge, and they soared right by us. Incredibly difficult to photograph though. Then we pretty much made our way back to Chivay for lunch, and then back to Arequipa. I was quite disappointed as I thought we would seee the canyon, not just the general area. It was still a good tour, and I saw some beautiful country, and did really enjoy it.