Colca Canyon Condors
Trip Start Aug 02, 2009
91Trip End Feb 18, 2010
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Due to the altitude we stopped on the way for a cup of Colca tea, which looked, smelt and tasted like someone had taken a load of leaves from the nearest tree and poured water on them. Danielle was feeling the effects of the altitude, so everyone encouraged Danielle to drink the tea, hoping it would make her feel better... it didn't.
We made it to the top of one of the volcanoes and carried out an Inca tradition of building a pile of rocks in tribute to the volcano gods. We also had to chew some Colca leaves. The altitude here was very high (something like 4,300m) so Danielle was a little queasy (so much for the cure all tea) and returned to the mini bus
After arriving at our hotel, in the afternoon Danielle had a rest while I walked to a nearby viewing point for more amazing views of the valley. We then both went to the thermal springs; the water comes from the volcano so was 39 degrees and is apparently good for the skin. Having relaxed for a bit we then went back for dinner and had an early night ready for the next day.
We were up at the crack of dawn and travelled to Colca Canyon (where Colca Valley becomes a Canyon). There is a point called Condorīs Cross where there were about 20 Condors flying around the mountain. They flew right above our heads and have a wing span of 3m. They eat dead animals and the guide said they fly close to the tourists to try to get them to fall into the canyon and provide an easy meal! This could easily have been the case for some of the eager photographers (as Danielle nearly pushed them in!)
We had a short trek along the canyon where we saw a rodent cousin of Robbie! Shame I couldnīt fit Robbie in the bag to release him with a new friend. The drive back to Arequipa along the canyon / valley was beautiful and there were several stops for photos where the local people try to ply you with hats and ponchos made of Alpaca fur.