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Quebrada Santa Cruz

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  • Day64

    Colca Canyon - runter und wieder rauf

    December 13, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Es ist gerade halb 10 morgens und wir sitzen in einem Bus von Cabanaconde zurück nach Arequipa (der Bus stößt übrigens sooo schwarze Rauchwolken aus, dass sich der Fahrer über die deutsche Feinstaub-Diskussion wohl nur totlachen würde 😂). Frühstück hatten wir auch gerade: Steaksandwich, Empanadas, Schokolade, Cola - das haben wir uns nach dem Aufstieg aus dem Colca Canyon nämlich verdient! 💪

    Gestern sind wir um halb 4 morgens in unserem Hotel abgeholt worden. Mit dem modernsten und schönsten Minibus der ganzen bisherigen Reise. Das hat aber nicht viel gebracht, denn gerade eine Stunde außerhalb von Arequipa ist der Keilriemen gerissen und somit heißt es für uns erst mal warten: auf die vergeblichen Reparaturversuche des Busfahrers und schließlich auf den Ersatzbus.
    Um 12 Uhr, mit drei Stunden Verspätung und nach 8,5 Stunden „Fahrt“ kommen wir dann endlich am Ausgangspunkt unserer Wanderung an. Der Minibus war übrigens von Mercedes - das nur als Anmerkung nebenbei 😂.
    Wir steigen in der Mittagshitze ca. 2 Stunden in den Colca Canyon ab und sind mal wieder beeindruckt von der herrlichen Landschaft Perus. Der Canyon ist übrigens der zweittiefste Canyon der Welt und fast doppelt so tief wie der Gran Canyon.😍 Zwischen Kakteen, buntem Gestein und mehreren grünen Oasen sind wir beide zuvor auch noch nicht so oft gewandert.
    Am Talboden angekommen, steuern wir die Oase Sangalle an, in der wir uns für die Nacht einquartiert haben. Auf der Karte sieht der Weg relativ gerade und wenig anstrengend aus... tja, falsch gedacht: die Wanderung hält für uns doch mehr Höhenmeter rauf und runter bereit, als wir erwartet hatten. Gott sei Dank entschädigen uns die herrlichen Ausblicke und ein wirklich abwechslungsreicher Wanderweg für die Mühen. Kaputt aber glücklich kommen wir am Nachmittag an und genießen ein (fast) kühles Bier am Pool unserer Oasen-Lodge. Das klingt jetzt luxuriöser als es war, aber die Betten, das Essen und die Pools bieten alles, was man sich nach einer Wanderung wünscht.
    Diese Oase im Canyon ist wirklich ein besonderer Ort: rings um uns steigen steile Felswände auf und wir sitzen hier in einem grünen Paradies. Im Colca Canyon wird einem mehr als anderswo bewusst, wie sehr alle Pflanzen und Tiere vom Wasser abhängig sind.

    Wer einen Canyon hinunter steigt, muss ihn allerdings auch wieder hoch. 😅 Und das haben wir soeben erledigt. Kurz nach Sonnenaufgang geht’s 1100 Höhenmeter quasi gerade nach oben (keine Übertreibung!), aber wir schlagen uns gut und erledigen die Strecke in 2 Stunden.

    Jetzt geht’s mit dem öffentlichen Bus (halb so teuer wie der gecharterte Minibus und hoffentlich mit unzerstörbaren Keilriemen 🤞) zurück nach Arequipa. Nochmal belohnt uns der Colca Canyon: aus dem Busfenster sehen wir einen majestätischen Condor, der über dem Abgrund seine Kreise zieht.
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  • Day10

    Oasis Lodge

    April 8, 2018 in Peru

    Nach dem Frühstück sind wir um 8.30 Uhr wieder losgelaufen. Für heute standen 8km auf dem Plan. Die erste Strecke ging bergauf von 2200m auf 2900m. Hier merkten wir das erste mal das bergauf wesentlich angenehmer war als bergab wie am ersten Tag. Oben angekommen ging es eine Zeitlang auf einer Höhe weiter in Richtung der nächsten Lodge. Die letzte Strecke ging dann wieder von 2900m auf 2200m runter. Hier merkten wir nochmal richtig wie stark der Muskelkater in den Waden und Beinen war.
    Auf dem Weg pflücken wir uns immer mal wieder Kacktusfeigen von den Kakteen die am Wegesrand standen.
    Endlich angekommen nach ca. 5 Std Wandern gab's erstmal was zu essen bevor wir uns im Pool entspannen konnten. Gegen Nachmittag fing es leider an zu regnen sodass wir nicht mehr viel machen konnten.
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  • Day694

    Condor Canyon

    April 10, 2018 in Peru

    It was a loooong day drive down to Chivay, the gateway to the Colca Canyon, at over 9 hours. This is double what we would normally do, but we were way above 4,000m for almost all of it and we didn't fancy sleeping that high and exposed if we didn't need to. Actually when we reached the wild camp spot we had in mind the snow was coming down so thick there was no way we weren't going to drive the extra hour to drop down into the town.

    We squeezed into a small hostel driveway and had our first shower for 5 days. The following morning we stocked up in the local market and headed to yet another mechanic for a new noise that bizarrely started only as we pulled into the hostel the night before. First they found that the guys who did our alignment hadn't put things back together right, and our steering arms weren't secured. Everyone thought that was the noise started but within a few blocks it was obvious it wasn't. We headed back and completely stripped out the suspension one of the front wheels and found that the spring was rubbing on the housing which was making the racket. Apparently this spring was a different size to the other one, but it's bizarre we'd managed 30,000 miles without it causing an issue. Replacement parts were all the way back in Lima, so we used a lump hammer to buy us some breathing room so hopefully that's the end of our weird noises from the front end for a while (he says unconfidently).

    That had ruined our plan of a lazy day in the sun on the canyon edge, but actually he afternoon was thick fog so we tentatively found our camp spot on the canyon rim and settled down for the night.

    In the morning we woke to sun rise over the canyon, and took our morning brews to look out for the famous condors. We spent a couple of hours just sitting there watching the massive creatures (3m+ wingspan) cruising on the thermals.

    We parked up in the main square of the next small town and were delighted to bump into our friends we'd first met on the beach in El Salvador over a year ago. The last time we'd seen them involved all day drinking and a street burger in our home town of Leon, Nicaragua and we'd been chasing them down for the last couple of months. They'd just finished hike we were about to start so we made plans to meet in Arequipa and parted ways again.

    Surprisingly it only took us a couple of hours to descend down into the canyon floor 1,200m below. This time we were travelling light we found an 'Oasis' at the bottom with a nice swimming pool which we spent the afternoon lounging around. Maya lived it here especially as she had 2 amigos to play with who had followed us all tge way down from the top! After an early night in our private dorm we then headed back up which took considerably more time - just over 3 hours, still with our little band of doggies. Exhausted we headed back to Chivay and the wonderful thermal pools for an afternoon of soaking.
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  • Day45

    The actual Achachihua Viewpoint

    November 13, 2017 in Peru

    On our map, we noticed that the actual viewpoint was a bit further away. We decided to walk there. On the way, we had some lovely views of the Cabanaconde village. We also saw a pen where they were raising bulls.
    At the Achachihua Viewpoint, we met 2 girls from Canada and Germany and they too had been accompanied by 3 dogs all the way from the village so the viewpoint was packed with dogs when we reached with our 2 as well.
    The views from this viewpoint too were amazing.
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  • Day46

    Paradiso de las Palmas

    November 14, 2017 in Peru

    The oasis was a true oasis. In the bleak surroundings with only sand and stones and some cactii, this was a place rich in flora. There were fig trees, avocado trees, even mango trees and many variety of flowers. We finally got some shade from the burning sun.
    We stopped at the Paradiso de las Palmas. We enquired about the food and were told it would be S/ 10 per person and it would be vegetarian. If we had food or drinks then the use of the swimming pool was included. The food would be served at 1 pm. We decided to stop over and swim and relax while we waited for the food.Read more

  • Day46

    The afternoon swim

    November 14, 2017 in Peru

    As soon as we got an ok to use the pool, we were off to it, removed the clothes and were in, in minutes. It was so refreshing to swim in the cool water of the pool after having been baked in the harsh sun for 3 hours. They even had cold Inca Cola, which was just perfect at this time. It was a beautifully made pool about 2 mts deep with a natural rock forming one side of it.
    As we had expected, we were the only people in the resort. We swam and rested for more than an hour after which we were informed that the food was ready.
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  • Day46

    Gardens at Paradiso de las Palmas

    November 14, 2017 in Peru

    After the food we just went around the resort. It was beautifully built and very well maintained. There were rooms to stay and many fruit trees and plants. By now, some sun flies had started biting us. Both of us lost some skin with the blood oozing out and had some welts due to the bites. Also, the place where we were planning to stop for the night was about 2-3 hours away. The sun in this region sets at 5:30 pm so we decided to start our trek again.Read more

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