South America | Peru | Southern Peru | Arequipa | Colca Canyon – slow down you, see more that way
The first day got off a little rocky but hey thats travel. Awoke at 5 in the morning and drove up the colca canyon through several small towns and then to the condor cross. If you only go on a 2 day one night tour thats as far as you get. If you go on the 3 day, 2 night tour you get your butt kicked with a 15 kilometer, 3,000 meter elevation change hike, climbing out of the canyon at 2 a.m….
I decided to spend another day at El Eden oasis before starting back up, as my legs are still sore two days later I think this was a real good idea. In my mind if you are even considering treking the canyon and are leaving from Arequipa, give yourself 4 days and 3 nights as you are still getting up at 2 a.m. to catch the REAL bus at the top.
I booked my tour through Peru Adventura travel in Arequipa and despite the first days ups and downs, I am very happy with their guides, accomodations, and RETURN bus service. If I had asked enough questions I could have avoided the microbus getting there for a few dollars more. MY FAULT NOT THEIRS. Actually I have booked my trip to Puno with them because I felt I got a real good deal for my money. They also have a photo processing service and were able to burn a C.D. off my digital camera and thus free up space. They also did a great job of processing my disposible cameras at a far cheaper price than in the USA. Unfortunately I have only been able to upload pictures from my digital cam in low resolution.