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May 22, 2012 - Condor Canyon - 3635m - 5000m

A short drive took us to a another tourist village this time Chivay where one can visit Colca Canyon the home to a Condor colony. So a very early start and a two hour drive along the Colca River - a road that has only been in existence for about 30 years . So the villages in the valley are still pretty primitive. But with tourism comes roadside shops and at the Canyon lots of tourist tat for sale. We arrived early enough to get front fence seats and were rewarded with about a dozen Condors coming up from there nests to go hunting we had a...

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May 21, 2012 - Arequipa To The Colca Canyon

We spent a couple of hours exploring the pedestrian mall near the main plaza in Arequipa. It is a really pretty city full of Spanish colonial buildings built with the white rock from the nearby mountains. After a quick look around, we were picked up by Julio, our driver for the next couple of days. We drove past the perfectly cone-shaped volcano, El Misti and through a high altitude national park that is a protected area for Vicunas, another bizarre looking animal related to Alpaca and Llamas. Wool from Vicuna is even nicer than Alpaca but...

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May 20, 2012 - Puno Parades, Alpaca Expressions and Off To Arequipa

After breakfast, we grabbed a taxi into town and found the main plaza full of people waiting for a parade and ceremony (something about celebrating schools and education). We joined the rest of the crowd lining the streets around the plaza and enjoyed the pomp. The kids were hilarious, dressed up in their uniforms and trying be very serious as they marched. Puno isn't the most attractive city but the main square and Cathedral are pretty and there is a nice pedestrian mall with shops, restaurants and coffee shops. We returned to the hotel...

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May 14, 2012 - Il volo del condor

Il condor si leva dal canyon, dispiega le sue ali, sfrutta la corrente d’aria e sale alto in cielo. Si mostra in tutta la sua incredibile bellezza ed eleganza. La sua apertura alare raggiunge i 3 metri, facendone il secondo uccello più grande al mondo. Le sue piume ci fanno scoprire la sua età, marroni se è giovane, sempre più nere se supera l’età adulta, dai 10 anni in poi. Il suo collo piumoso ci dice se è maschio o femmina, i suoi occhi sono vigili e decisi. Vola alto, veloce, imprendibile, poi si ributta sotto e si riconosce ancora, a...

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May 12, 2012 - La testimonianza dei vulcani

Non credo di riuscire a parlare di Arequipa in maniera imparziale. Non so perché, ma mi ha attirato da sempre, ho sempre sentito sarebbe stato un posto dove mi sarebbe piaciuto stare. Di conseguenza, quando vi sono arrivata, già ero contenta di esserci. E…. sarà stato il mio umore positivo, ma non mi ha delusa! Eppure di solito le grandi città non mi prendono più di tanto e questa è la seconda del Perù, per quanto rimanga comunque ristretta, con i suoi 800.000 abitanti. Ma alla fine l’atmosfera che vi si respira è tranquilla, piacevole,...

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Nov 16, 2011 - Exploring Colca Canyon

THE ANDEAN CONDOR Early start! Up at 5 am. We are off by 6 am to explore the Colca Canyon. The mountains outside our hotel were whiter on the tops this morning because it snowed overnight. As we drove along the top of the canyon we saw hundreds of terraes that are 2,000 years old. They were created by the Collagua and Cabana people. They were built to control irrigation and erosion and in order to grow crops. Today communites living in the valley use these rerrace for cultivation. The road we were driving along had been damaged by the...

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Nov 15, 2011 - Arriving at Coporaque

TESTING OUT HOW WE ARE AT HIGH ALTITUDE! We finally arrive late afternoon at our hotel in Coporaque, drop our bags in our room and we are off on a hike. We need to see how high altitude is affecting us and see if we are acclimatizing to it. We walked through this small town and up a hill to practice climbing. Our hearts raced and we were short of breath. But when we stopped for a few minutes, our hearts recovered quickly. We ended at a lookout and saw the Colca River and its valley. There were hundreds of terraces and some with crops...

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Nov 15, 2011 - Off to the Colca Canyon area

WE ARE OFF TO HIGHER ELEVATION: THE COLCA CANYON AREA We are back on the road at 7 am. We saw the other side of the 3 volcanoes and much closer. Misti means the Lord. Pichu Pichu means 2 peaks. Chachani means white dress, due to the snow covered peaks. These volcanoes have less glaciers on their peaks due to global warming. All the Peruvian people are considered the children of the mountains. We passed a few schools. Education is not free at any level. Even poor people are expected to pay. As a result, many poor children do not get...

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Nov 14, 2011 - Arrived in Arequipa

ARRIVED IN THE WHITE CITY We arrived in Arequipa 7am after a 9 hour bus ride. We were only able to sleep on and off. It was a long ride! The seats went back. You got a blanket and pillow. And there was a toilet but only for urinating. If you had to do the other, you had to let the steward know so they could make other arrangements.When we arrived to our hotel we showered, rested a bit and then had a tour of the city. Arequipa is situated near 3 volcanoes: Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu. Some have snow on the top. Arequipa is built almost...

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Nov 8, 2011 - Chivay and Colca Canyon

Nov 8 Chivay and Colca Canyon We left Chivay at 5:00 am to go to Colca Canyon to see the Andes Condors soar through the canyon gliding on the thermals rising from the canyon floor. The condors average wing span is 3 meters and 20 centimetre, height is 1 meter and 20 centimetres, and the weight is 14 kg. The condors came about 10 feet from us. The canyon is the worlds deepest canyon at 4160 meters deep. The view on the way there and back was breathtaking. The ancient people living in the valley built incredible terraces into the mountain...

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Nov 7, 2011 - Chivay

Nov 7 Chivay Left Arequipa in the morning to go to a small town called Chivay in the valley of the Andes mountains within the ring of fire which is an area full of volcanoes. On the way there we stopped at the highest point along the highway which was 4900 meters above sea level. While there we build a rock monument as a gift to the volcano gods and made a wish for safe travels. We had our first hole in the ground experience (see pictures). Along the drive we saw wild vicunas, think of small and skinny, short haired llamas. We also saw...

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Nov 6, 2011 - Arequipa

Nov 6 Arequipa Took the overnight bus from Nazca to Arequipa and arrived at 7am. Went to our nice hotel and washed clothes in the sink. Tried out Skype for the first time and woke Rae up at 6:30am or so on a Sunday! Good thing she was glad to hear from us. lol!! Went out for a Peruvian lunch. Had Checherron which is a big piece of dried pork, kinda like dry pork ribs, with salted onions, a boiled potato, and corn nuts (not like food at home but was good). These two plates plus two beers cost about $7! Then we got picked up at our hotel for...

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