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Arequipa and Canyon Del Colca trek

Log Book - Peru

After a great New Years Eve in Lima we decided to take a bus to visit Arequipa. After 16 hours of travelling we discovered a very beautiful city, the Lonely Planet was right. We have chosen an Hostel called “Home Sweet Home” one of the cheapest but a very good one. In Arequipa we know that you must see 2 things: the “Santa Catalina” convent and the Canyon Del Colca. Let’s go!

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The nice Santa catalina convent which seems like a real village inside the city of Arequipa. We  can believe that we are in the South of France with the colors of the walls.


We met a French guy, Hugues, who is travelling through South America for 4 months. He came with us to the Canyon.
In order to do the Canyon we visited several agencies which are all offering “Tours” to get there. We made some very mathematical calculations and we finally decided to go there by ourselves, without any guide and map. We decided to take the risk!

So we took a bus at 1AM in Arequipa to get to Cabanaconde a city which is at the top of the Canyon. In the “bus” it was impossible to get some sleep because of the noise and the way the guy drove this bus.


At 6.15AM we were at “Cruz del Condor” a scenic view where you can see the condors flying. We recommend to any person who wants to go there not to stop at “Cruz del Condor” because there is some fake guides who are selling a “boleto turistico” which is not obligatory to enter the canyon! You can stop 4 kilometers after there is another place to see the condors and it’s free.


Because the condors were not coming we decided to start our walk into the Canyon. After 2 hours walking we finally find the path which is going down in the canyon. At the same time there is a condor flying right above our heads! We got lucky to see it so close.

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This path seems to be easy on the picture...

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A condor flying in the Canyon Del Colca.

 

The way to get down in the canyon was difficult and we had some problems to find our way. We were not that reassured, every time we asked someone from a village, to hear: “Yes, to get down you have to continue to go down the canyon…!”


After 5 hours of walking we are finally deep in the valley. We crossed a bridge and we were very surprised to see that a guy was waiting for us to indicate us a restaurant where we can eat for less than €3. How did he know we were going down the valley? We saw a man going up while we were still at the top of the canyon and this man called his son, when he got the top, to tell him that 3 tourists were coming down the valley and that he could wait for us to guide us to the family restaurant! In a way we were happy to have a guide to get a place to eat and rest a bit.

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Finaly we found our direction!

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The ideal restaurant with a view on the Canyon for less than 3 €.

After lunch we decided to continue our walk, under the rain, to get the “Oasis” of Sangalle. Once again it’s not easy to find the way but thanks to Hugues we found it. Cool!
After more than 3 hours walking we got there: the oasis. What a marvelous place. It was really worth the long walking (more than 8 hours!). We were looking for a place to sleep and to eat and we found it. It was heaven on earth!   We could sleep in very simple bungalows and enjoy the pool and a breakfast the day after for less than €3. Incredible! Even if it was raining we went swimming in the pool for a while and we got dinner with 2 New Yorkers and 1 Peruvian.

 

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These are our « hut» and the swimming pool. The paradise after 5 hours and 30 minutes of walk.

The day after, we got up at 5 AM to walk between 3 to 4 hours to reach Cabanaconde. There was more than 1100 meters difference of high between the oasis and Cabanaconde. We finally got there in less than 3 hours.

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Diner in the dark!


After a second breakfast we took a bus from Cabanaconde to go back to Arequipa.
When we arrived to Arequipa we had to take another bus at 8.30PM to get to Cusco. No need to say that a night in the bus, after such a walk, was not the best idea.


Today we are in Cusco and we rest a bit before seeing the Machu Picchu!

 

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Les rayons de soleil tôt le matin dans le canyon.


Nous avons pris un bus pour rentrer de Cabanaconde à Arequipa après avoir repris un petit déjeuner car notre ventre réclamait sa récompense d’avoir fourni autant d’efforts si tôt le matin (nous sommes partis à 6h du matin de l’Oasis).

Durant le trajet deux pneus du bus ont crevé…

Après être arrivé à Arequipa nous devions reprendre un bus vers 20h30 le mercredi 6 Janvier. Dormir dans le bus après un tel périple ne nous a pas vraiment enchantés.
Aujourd’hui nous sommes à Cusco et nous prenons le temps de nous reposer !

 

Comments (15)
  • Elo & Ben  - 1 km à pied, ça useuh ça use euh
    Pfiouuuuuuuuuuu,



    Quel périple mes aïeux !

    On en est fatigués rien qu'à vous lire !

    Bravo en tout cas, vous avez bien mérités ces magnifiques paysages, et merci car
    grâce à vos efforts, on peut aussi en profiter.



    Elo & Ben
  • Marie
    Waouu!!!!!Cette description de votre aventure m'a donné envie d'aller au Pérou
    et de marcher à tout va!!!

    Félicitations pour cette ténacité et volonté!!!

    Enormes bisous de courage!!!

    Love you
  • Le Team  - erreur désolé
    C'était pas une soupe mais un thé, bah oui, faut que ça infuse !

    Allez :kiss: les blog trotteurs
  • Le Team  - Pas si sûr
    :huh: Ma foi je me pose la question,
    après une si courte nuit, tant d'heures de marche et donc de fatigue,
    ce site de rêve avec piscine ne serait-il pas une sorte d'hallucination
    collective ?
    D'autant que tout le monde a pris la même soupe de ......... coca ! ;)
  • Geraldine  - M.A.G.N.I.F.I.Q.U.E !!!!!!
    Coucou les Jeunes !! :)

    Impressionnant !!!! Ca doit etre incroyable ce canyon !!! Et le Santa Catalina a
    l'air trop beau pour etre vrai !! :)))

    Encore une fois, bravo pour les supers articles et photos !! J'essaie d'aller
    sur votre site au moins une fois par jour ;)

    J'espere que tout va bien pour vous deux !

    Continuez de profiter a fond !! :)

    Gros bisous a tous les deux les z'amoureux !
    Et a bientot !

    Geraldine
  • Radi  - Impressionnant!
    Dedel et Maxou!!!!

    Vos photos sont géniales!!

    Encore une belle excursion!

    Soyez prudents et amusez vous bien ;)
  • Paddy
    Oups, il fallait lire "Tout" sur le message précédent.
  • Paddy
    C'est yout simplement splendide.
  • Mexikatzin  - El Condor.
    Yo soy el hijo del Inti Sol, de la Pacha Mama y del Aimara, un indio me guia a
    la libertad, es el Condor Rey, el Condor Canqui y el Gran Cupa, Es el Tupac
    Amaru el gran Cupa y son mis hermanos cordilleranos.

    El silencio es mi palabra la Tierra es mi madre, los árboles mis hermanos, las
    estrellas mi destino, soy un indio salvaje, inocente, libre y silvestre, mi
    corazón es una estrella, yo soy hijo de la tierra.

    Camino a la libertad.
  • Thommerel Nadine
    Maxou & Delphine,

    Très heureuse d'avoir de vos nlles, mais je ne trouve pas les mots !!! c'est
    tellement beau, vos photos sont superbes et vos commentaires ns font rêvés !!!
    effectivement c'est GEANT !!!

    BESOS
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