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Chivay

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  • Day15

    Fahrt in den Colca Canyon

    August 18 in Peru

    Statt um 8:30 wurden wir schon um 7:30 abgeholt und auf ging die Fahrt nach Chivay, eine kleine Stadt im Colca Canyon. Wir machen allerlei Stopps und kommen langsam aber sicher (mit Antonio unserem Fahrer) auf bis zu 5000m.
    Dort fangen wir dann auch mal an Koka Blätter zu kauen, damit uns die Höhe nicht so zusetzt. Die merken wir bei 5000m schon und sind nicht mehr ganz so schnell zu Fuß... aber für die Aussicht lohnt es sich allemal! Auf dem Weg nach Chivay sehen wir neben Vulkanen und den Anden auch das Nationaltier Perus: das Vicuña. Ein bisschen spannender finden wir aber die Alpakas und starten direkt eine kleine Fotoaktion! Sooo weich und kuschlig!
    In Chivay angekommen gibt es ein leckeres Mittagsbuffet sodass wir abends nur noch was Kleines essen. Zwischendurch bringt uns unser Guide noch zu Thermalpools, die wir uns allerdings etwas natürlicher vorgestellt hatten. Naja aber eine Stunde im warmen Wasser schwimmen tat bei unseren Erkrankungen auch ganz gut 😊 Unser Hotel hier ist wirklich schön, wie eine kleine Hüttenlandschaft.
    -Lisa
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  • Day77

    Arequipa - Chivay

    May 25 in Peru

    Tag 1 meiner Colca Canyon -Tour
    Von Arequipa gings in gut 4 Stunden zum Dörfchen Chivay, wo wir übernachten werden. Unterwegs hielten wir immer wieder an - Lamas, Alpacas und der Mirador de los Andes mit Aussicht auf 6 Vulkane.
    Am Nachmittag sind mal wieder natürliche heisse Quellen angesagt und zum Znacht eine Show mit traditioneller Musik und Tanz. Ich bin nicht darum herum gekommen, ebenfalls mitzutanzen.

    ☆ Wie immer gehts früh ins Bett, schliesslich ist Tagwache einmal mehr vor 06:00 Uhr.

    ☆ In der Nacht wird es hier ziemlich kalt: Schlecht isolierte Unterkünfte ohne Heizung führen dazu, dass man alles anzieht, was man dabei hat (Mütze und Handschuhe inklusive!). Zusätzlich unter allen Decken eingemummelt friert dann nur noch der Nasenspitz 😊
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  • Day11

    Inmitten der Vulkane

    April 9 in Peru

    Auf den Rückweg nach Arequipa hatten wir mehrere Stopps. Nachdem wir Kornterassen und Babylamas gesehen haben haben wir noch für eine Stunde an einer heißen Quelle angehalten.
    Unser nächster Punkt war der "Feuerkreis" von hier aus ist man umgeben von fünf aktiven Vulkanen.
    Hier war auch der höchste Punkt unserer bisherigen Reise (4910 Höhenmeter).
    Unser letzter Halt war ein Nationalpark in dem wir Lamas, Alpacas und Pecunias, das Nationaltier von Peru, in freier Wildbahn sehen konnten.Read more

  • Day6

    Patapampa Pass

    September 20 in Peru

    Unser höchster Punkt für heute, der Pass Patapampa auf 4910 Metern. Hier oben hat man einen herrlichen Ausblick auf die umliegenden Vulkane und natürlich auf den immer noch rauchenden Sabancaya. Der ist allerdings auch der Einzigste, der hier oben noch raucht... 😳
    Dem Hasen ist ob der Höhe ein bisschen schummrig, der Ritter hat eine Blutdruckkrise. Zeit, dass es wieder abwärts geht...

  • Day7

    Chivay

    September 21 in Peru

    Auch noch auf dem Programm steht das Städtchen Chivay, wo wir auch nochmal über den zentralen Platz schlendern, die Kirche besichtigen, die eine ausgesprochen hübsche Taufkapelle hat. Im Anschluss bummeln wir noch über den lokalen Markt, und lernen einiges über Mais... Nach einem Mittagessen, das zwar besser ist als gestern, aber immer noch keinen Foodprint wert ist, kehren wir in unsere hübsche Lodge zurück.Read more

  • Day6

    Runter gehts Richtung Chivay

    September 20 in Peru

    Und dann geht's wieder runter, hinein ins Colca-Tal in Richtung Chivay. War der "Aufstieg" fast gemächlich, schrauben wir uns recht schnell ins Tal hinab. In Chivay gibt's dann noch ein spätes Mittagessen, ist allerdings keinen Foodprint wert.

  • Day78

    Day 2 - Colca Canyon Tour

    June 19, 2017 in Peru

    The alarm went off at 5:30am and after discovering the shower was ice cold I decided that yesterday's time in the hot springs would suffice. After a wholesome breakfast of bread, coca tea and some unknown juice, we were picked up in the mini bus and headed to Colca Canyon.

    There were a couple of stops first though, in a couple of towns on route. It was very early and very cold and these towns are like every other small town in Peru so Si and I weren't particularly into it. In the first one there were some people doing some traditional dancing (it was only 7am) and some ladies offering the opportunity for a photo with more llamas, alpacas and domestic eagles. The eagles were pretty impressive but we decided against a photo. In the next town we did an obligatory walk down the short street and waited for the rest of our group to finish perusing the stalls. Before we left, our guide Lorena gave us some of the local cactus fruit to try. It's similar to a kiwi but really sour.

    We were now finally on our way to the Cruz del Condor to see the canyon. The canyon was pretty but the condors definitely stole the show. They were incredible! With a 3 meter wingspan they are huge and we could see them really close when they flew past. We could have sat and watched them for hours.

    After around an hour and a half we headed back to Chivay to grab some lunch before heading back to Arequipa. On the way back we stopped at a couple of lookouts to see the pre-Inka and Inka terraces. In Peru they create the terraces as its impossible to farm the hill otherwise. It also prevents the nutrients and minerals from being washed down the mountain side. These result in a gorgeous landscape and may even steal the show from the canyon (but not the condors).

    All in all the tour was probably the least enjoyable tour we had done. We really should have done the trekking instead but we couldn't face more walking so soon after Machu Picchu. We didn't feel like we got the true 'experience' just being ferried around from place to place in a mini bus. These kind of tours also attract a different demographic of people (yes I am being very diplomatic) so it just wasn't as fun. Karma for us being so lazy!

    The tour dropped us back in Arequipa so we headed back to our hostel as we had left our big bags there and got ourselves ready for our last overnight bus of our South American adventure.
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  • Day77

    Colca Canyon Tour

    June 18, 2017 in Peru

    We opted for the conventional tour by bus which was 2 days 1 night as we were still tired from our Machu Picchu trip. We were collected at 8.30am from our hostel with a few others from USA and Thailand, as well a Peruvian family and were on our way.

    Just before leaving Arequipa we stopped at a shop for people to use the bathroom, buy water or buy some coca leaf products to help with the altitude. Me and Blake haven't really suffered from the altitude so we didn't bother with the latter however the guide bought a big bag of leaves and demonstrated how you can chew them. It involves taking 5 or 6 leaves and wrapping them around a small sweet ash stone that comes with them. This acts as a catalyst and is supposed to help with the taste of the leaves. She then handed around a clump for us all to try. Apart from making your gum slightly numb and providing a rancid taste in your mouth neither of us could see the long term appeal and spat them out shortly after!

    Our first stop was at the entrance to the Reserve National de Aguada Blanca where we could see vicuña, alpacas and llamas. I don't know if you've seen our previous posts or Blakes phone but I think we have more than enough pictures of those!

    We had another short pit stop for the loo and a taste of Inka té. We have had coca tea which is similar to green tea just a bit stronger but Inka tea was coca leaves and 3 other plant based things. It was like growing a bush from a mug but drinking from it! I took a few mouthfuls and handed the rest to Blake.

    Our next stop was at Patapampa which was our highest point of the trip (and South America so far) at 4,910 meters. Here we could see the apachetas which are the stone piles you often see at the beach. There were hundreds of the things! This place was also the volcano look out point where you could see 8 volcanoes including Misti, Ubinas and Chachani. One of them was also smoking from the top which we were told had started 2 years ago.

    Next we drove to Chivay, the little town we would stay in before the canyon the next day. We were shown to our hostel and had some down time before heading to the hot springs.

    The springs were a nice treat but nothing in comparison to the ones we visited in our Machu Picchu trip. We hopped into the hottest pool and stayed there for the next hour or so.

    In the evening we went to a restaurant for dinner which also had a folklore show. There was a four piece band on stage and a couple dancing four traditional dances. On the first dance they pulled people from the crowd so when our food arrived we ate very slowly so as not to be dragged up. On one of the dances they even got people from the crowd to lie on the floor and whipped them. The girl was definitely eyeing me up for this but I grabbed my fork and started eating cold green beans I had left on the side of my plate. Unfortunately we didn't escape the entire performance as we were eventually pulled up into a conga type dance around the restaurant for the last dance.
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  • Day30

    Whenever anyone travels in underdeveloped countries like Peru, one challenge which is commonly encountered, but seldom discussed, is blocked toilets. People who are not experienced travelers may not realize that, in most countries on earth, it is a definite no-no to put toilet paper in the toilet. Most hotels will have a sign next to the toilet advising that it is NOT for toilet paper. So what do you do with the toilet paper then ? They will always have a small bin next to the toilet which is specifically for the used toilet paper.
    Although this might initially seem quite gross to many, there is actually a very good reason for it. It is because the sewer pipes and sewer treatment plants (if there are any) are simply not designed to cope with anything other than human waste. Those who choose to ignore this direction are likely to see the very daunting sight of the water in the bowl rising to potentially disastrous levels and hoping that it will somehow unblock itself. This is just another example of things we take for granted daily in Australia, are quite different in other places.
    Why am I mentioning this ? I’d rather not got into too much detail, suffice to say that I might have had one of those nervous moments, just before checking out of our hotel in Puno. Of course, after our two nights in the city by Lake Titicaca, it was time for us to continue our journey towards Arequipa – the land of volcanoes.
    Our team loaded our luggage into the waiting bus and settled down to another long day on the road. In fact our journey was going to be over 350 km and would take us much higher than any other place we had visited so far in Peru. Fortunately the roads were generally quite good and our new driver proved to be capable and careful.
    During the morning we continued across the flat altiplano at an almost constant elevation of around 4000 metres. The warm sunshine coming in the bus window soon made me sleepy. In fact, lately I am discovering that just about everything makes me sleepy. When I looked around the bus I saw that many of the others had already succumbed and were fast asleep.
    The kilometers slowly ticked away until we started to climb steadily. We passed a succession of beautiful high lakes, some populated with pink flamingoes. When we finally pulled to a stop it was to admire the breathtaking views (and at this altitude, everything is breathtaking) and to be entertained by a small group selling all sorts of handicrafts. Up to now I had strongly resisted the urge to get out my wallet, but it must have been the thin air, or maybe the fact that we only had a few more days in Peru, or maybe it was because the sellers were really good natured and ready to bargain. Whatever the reason I found myself happily picking up an assortment of goods and handing over a number of Sols (Peruvian currency). It actually felt good to be making the traders happy although I am not exactly sure how much my bag will weigh when I get it to the airport at Arequipa.
    After the retail therapy, the mood in the bus was quite light hearted as we compared what we had purchased. The kilometers continued to slowly tick by. The elevation continued to increase. At around noon we stopped at a rather barren looking roadside stop to eat our box lunches. The coffee was excellent and the weather was absolutely perfect. We were also joined by our new guide. I did not catch her full name, but I think it was something like “Liz” or “Lisa”. This means we now parted company with Sue who had been an excellent educator and anecdote sharer for the past two days.
    A little while later we saw the first volcanoes. I was very surprised that it was actually spewing forth an impressive cloud of smoke and ash. I had previously though that the volcanoes in this region were extinct. I could now see that they certainly aren’t. Lisa (or Liz ?) assured us that it was safe and that it was some years since it had rained death and destruction on the region.
    At the highest part of the journey (almost 5000 metres) there were large patches of ice beside the road and countless other travelers had stacked rocks to form thousands of rock piles that stretched far in every direction. Of course we had to do the same, it would have been a sin not to do so. We each made a small rock pile, photographed it and then climbed back into the bus.
    The next stage was a hair raising descent down to the town of Chivay (pronounced kibay). Our lives were very literally in the hands of the bus driver, but fortunately he was not suicidal and delivered us safely to our hotel for the night.
    Tomorrow morning we rise (very) early to go to Colca Canyon to view the huge condors. These massive birds have wingspans up to 3 metres or more, making them one of the largest flying birds on the planet.
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  • Day31

    Some days are destined to stick in your mind for a lifetime. Today was such a day. After an early 4.00 am alarm, we set out from our hotel at 6.00 am for an exciting drive along the edge of the spectacular Colca Canyon to an elevated vantage point known as the Condor Cross.

    The main aim of our early morning was to observe the mighty condors as they rise from their cliff side nests and catch the rising thermals to soar high into the sky. Any such bird watching activity comes without any guarantees. We knew that it would be possible to spend considerable time perched on the edge of the precipice and not see a single bird.

    The first 30 minutes went by without seeing a single condor. I started to get slightly anxious. "I am sure they will appear at any moment" I stated. Actually I wasn't, but I did not want my anxiety to be passed on to the rest of the team. We waited some more. Then the first condor appeared. A cheer went right. Then another. And another. Soon there were 6 or more in flight at the same time. We were going to be in for a treat after all.

    For the next 60 minutes we sat mesmerised by these huge birds as they glided back and forth over our heads, looking to catch that elusive thermal updraft. At times they flew so close that we could clearly see their heads. I am sure that no one was disappointed.

    If that was not memorable enough, we then went on a walk along the cliff tops of the canyon, and to our sheer joy, several condors followed us at close quarters. It was almost as if they were attracted by our yellow jerseys. Whatever the reason it was a moment that we will all cherish for a very long time.

    After the walk we met our new cycling guides and climbed aboard our allotted bikes and started a challenging ride along the side of the canyon. It was not so challenging because of the climbs, but because of the thin air and the fumes from the nearby erupting volcano. From time to time we all burst into fits of coughing, alternated with fits of laughter.

    The final part of the ride consisted of an extended technical MTB descent over a rock strewn dirt track down to the valley floor. It was like riding a bucking horse, but the feeling was absolutely exhilarating.

    It was very obvious that this team was nowhere as experienced or as professional as the cycling team we had worked with in the Sacred Valley. Not only were the bikes no so well prepared, but the guides often seemed to be lost along the way. The lunch was "forgettable" to say the least, and the "support vehicle" looked like it needed life support itself. In fact it was so bad it was quite funny. At the end of the day I passed on a few suggestions (ie instructions) as to how they needed to improve for the final day of riding.

    Tomorrow we complete the final day of cycling and finish a long day in Arequipa, the city that nestles under the shadow of the mighty active volcano Mt Misty. I hope it can delay its next overdue eruption until we are safely out of the area.
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