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Andean Condor in the Colca Canyon

Dave and I couldn't get enough hiking on our trip, so we decided to hike, and sleep in, the second deepest canyon in the world (neighbor to the first deepest canyon in the world).

First, we celebrated my birthday in Cusco.


Then, Dave and I started a three day excursion near Arequipa, Peru, with thirteen others tourists.

Being that we were in Peru, we definitely saw llamas and alpacas, and the baby llama too (bred for clothing).


And we also saw vicunas, with their very pretty golden fur.


Who took one look at us, and got out of dodge.


We were lucky enough to see 8 Andean Condor, with a wingspan of 10.5 (fifth largest in the world).



Adult condors had white wings...


Here is the juvie...


We took about 2.5 hours hiking down and then 4 hours hiking up the Colca Canyon. Dave was happy before he started it.


We were super envious of some folks who went up on a mule, after these fine workers had carried our dinner down.


The further we got down Colca Canyon as night fall approached, the more we could see its river, and also some of the illegal (e.g., familial) mining that can happen in the area.



We had support on the hike, which was good since I was the slowest on the way up. Here are the folks (and their walking poles) that waited for us at the top.


Before the hot springs we stopped at a church, and admired how the indigenous Peruvians incorporated foreign Catholicism into their culture, such as by adding hair and clothing to statues.


What trip is complete without bird watching? Welcome to our new hobby...




Posted by Equatorials 17:44 Archived in Peru Tagged arequipa

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