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Colca Canyon

Chivay, Peru


It's big. The deepest canyon in the world (arguably it's neighbor a few Miles away is bigger). Due to our limited time, we decided to take a bus tour of the canyon instead of a trek on foot. This proved to be a mistake, but there was little we could do about it. We spent the majority of our time on a bus - but when we did get out to see the canyon, it was awesome! The canyon is also known for the giant condors that live there. We stopped at the peak of the canyon to see them. They are very rarely spotted outside of the canyon (although we saw two on our Salkantay trek) and they are really impressive to see. The swoop around with 10ft wingspans at the very top of the canyon. Cool. We then got back in the bus, and are now headed back to Arequipa for one last night before Joe heads back to Boston. Martin and I have booked for tomorrow a trip to Lake Titicaca, which is the highest navigable lake in the world, and the largest in South America. Largest this, deepest that...its starting to feel like a trip of superlatives and extremes - kind of like Peru in general.

permalink written by  bhkann on August 15, 2010 from Chivay, Peru
from the travel blog: Peru 2010
tagged Colca, Canyon, Condors and Peru

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