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Aug 19, 2004 - Colca Canyon, Peru

2 Day Tourist Tour to Chivay and Colca Canyon for 18 US each. Not happy about being part of a tour but it seemed the easiest way to get there and see everything. Long bus ride to Chivay. Saw vicunas (like deer), alpacas and vizcachas (like rabbbits). Great scenery on the way with views of the Andies and lots of Volcanos over 5,500m. Very hot thermal waters in Chivay with an outdoor pool. Stayed there for 2 hrs to get a much needed clean, and had a nice beer while bathing. Next morning up at 5am to see the Condors flying above the Canyon....

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Aug 15, 2004 - Arequipa, Peru

Arrived 5:30am - bus 2 and a half hours early, do not think you would get that in England... Found nice hostal - Hostal Mercedes. Arrived on the anniversary of the city, so huge party. We sat on a balcony eating and drinking all day watching the parade go by. Went from 2pm til after 10pm. Really good. Next day wandered around, tour of Santa Catalina monastery which was very impressive. Found a cool bar in the night - Deja Vu. Day 3 in Arequipa - TS trekked up ´El Misti´, an active volcano 5,825m (around 19,000ft, vs. Ben Nevis at c.1,300m...

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Aug 5, 2004 - Arequipa & Colca Canyon

10 days to kill before I head for Machu Picchu, what to do.... Arequipa! UNESCO world heritage listed etc etc the bottom line is that Arequipa has a beautiful center of white stone churches and plazas surrounded by a typical morass of dirt poor, mud brick houses and tenements. That said, I didn´t leave the beautiful center of town and loved it. Colca Canyon is a popular spot near Arequipa and I locked in a two day visit. The canyon is reputed to be the world´s deepest at over 1klm deep in parts. The indigineous inhabitants have been...

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Jul 13, 2004 - Arequipa, second city of Peru

We got to Arequipa after another 7 hours and went to a hotel rumoured to be warm by 2 Canadians we met before. They were right and we were happy. Arequipa is at an altitude of 2500 metres and is cold at night. Denis has had a cough since La Paz and warmth was definitely in order. Arequipa is Peru's second city but despite being big is quite pretty and has an amazing convent, now open to the public, Monasterio Santa Catalina. The whole 20,000 square metre complex is like a city within a city and was great fun to explore without a guide and...

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Jul 12, 2004 - Peru - Arequipa - Colca Canyon, Condors, Copa America

The next few weeks decisions were dictated by the football tournament over here, the Copa America which by good luck is been held in Peru. I got tickets for the Brazil v Chile game in Arequipa and tickets for a Semi and the Final both in Lima 2 weeks later, so this meant I could do the popular southwest loop route between Cusco and Lima which everyone does, taking in Arequipa, Nasca, and Ica. I travelled down to Arequipa with 2 of the lads from Cusco, Matt & Graham and with a couple of days to kill before the match we done a few days...

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Jun 14, 2004 - Day 8 The Colca Canyon

A very early start to a fantastic day. We get up to meet the tour bus at 3am and travel for 4 and a half hours to the town (shanty town) of Chivary where we have a quick breakfast and then into the bus for another hour. Finally we arrive at the Colca Canyon and take our places on the sheer cliff face to await the Condors taking flight in the early morning thermals - Absolutely fantastic!! The birds are gliding at eye level and so close you feel that you could just reach out and touch them. After this we travel down to some lovely hotsprings...

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Oct 11, 2003 - Arequipa

We took a public night bus (business class) from Nasca to Arequipa, it took about 7 hours in total. It was pretty good arriving at 6am and having the whole day to explore Arequipa. The two main attractions (the only attractions really) are the "Monasterio De Santa Catalina" (Santa Catalina Convent) and the archaeological museum. The convent is huge and well worth the relatively pricey 25 Soles (5 UK Pounds) entry fee. The archaeological museum was excellent, a guided tour cost 15 soles (3 pounds) and ended with a viewing of one of the...

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Jul 15, 2003 - This may hurt a little...

Now, I don't know about you, but if I had to list the five ailments I'd least like to be afflicted with in South America, toothache would definitely be in there. A bad case of diarrhea on a 24-hour bus journey, infectious boils that required lancing, or foot rot might potentially give it a run its money in the discomfort stakes but I still maintain that it would proudly hold its own and justify its place in that top five. As you may have by now correctly guessed, I got toothache. It began as a dull, distant thud on the overnight bus to...

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Nov 4, 2002 - Get Thee to a Nunnery

Copyright 2004 David Rich 2500 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com G e t T h e e t o a N u n n e r y There are fabulous cities all over the world but only one sits right below two 20,000-foot volcanoes and is also within day-tripping distance of Colca and Cotahuasi Canyons, reputedly the two deepest crevasses on the planet, both a thousand-plus feet over two miles deep. This fabulous city is Arequipa, Peru, with even more fantastic attractions in its city center, also unique as Peru's only palatable metropolis outside the ancient Incan capitol of...

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