Our first outing was to Colca Canyon a couple of weekends ago. To get there was a four hour drive through windey mountain roads. Poor Lydia got soo sick. The elevation was high, so we stopped at a little restaurant halfway there to get some coca tea, which is supposed to help with acclimation and relieving altitude sickness.
It was great to get out of the city and see some of the countryside. We saw tons of llamas, alpacas and vicunas (the llamas wild cousin). The vicunas were like deer, spotted in small herds on the side of the road. The girls loved it.
|Cute little girl, Cute little alpaca|
We went through a lot of little pueblos, swam in some hot springs, saw Andean condors (they were amazing!) and Colca Canyon, which is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Here's a photo of a condor-we saw several of them and one of them flew up fairly close to us (didn't get a picture of that one). They were enormous. They have a wingspan of 9-10 ft. I almost hate to post the pictures of Colca Canyon because the camera just doesn't do it justice.
|Can you spot the condor?|
|River at bottom of canyon|
|Colca Canyon-13,650 ft deep|