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Peru - Arequipa & The Colca Canyon

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Arequipa is a grogeous city with many cast iron windows and gates, and buildings made from while sparkly volcanic rock from the surrounding snow capped volcanoes! There are a few sights in town that have managed to survive the many earthquakes that have rocked the city. The Monasterio Santa Catalina built in the 15th century by the Spanish, is massive and took over a whole block in the city centre. The architecture and brightly coloured walls nearly tricked us into thinking we were in Spain. The central plaza was a great spot for a menu of the day for lunch or dinner overlooking the square, competing with prices for a supermarket dinner!

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We took on the nearby Colca Canyon (twice as deep as the Grand Canyon!),which is a spectacularly deep valley in dusty cactus surrounds! We hiked down into the canyon and back up the 1,100m incline over 2 days, with about 12hrs of hiking we stayed overnight in the small village of Cosnirhua. Despite Deb fainting from the sun and our last hour of climbing being in darkness, we made it to the town of Cabanaconde in one peice! Our refuge (Hostel Dadoo) was a welcome sight, the first guesthouse we stumbled across which happened to be brand new and the best find in town. After some pizza and pisco sours at Pachamama (mother earth), we reminisced on the breathtaking condor lookout. This is where we saw the GIANT condor birds soar past for an hour or so early in the morning. (yes we are now bird watchers!)

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Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in Peru

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