Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Colca Canyon

One great thing about attending language school in Arequipa is that we get to see a part of the country that we probably won't see much of once we move back to Lima. We are in the south of Peru right now, a 17-hour bus ride from Lima (thank you God for airplanes!). There is much here to explore!

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


  1. Great post guys - could tell that it was an Andean condor from all the white on the wings !! Pretty remote looking area and the canyon awesome. Is it me or is that cute little girl named Lucy looking more and more Peruvian??

  2. It looks like you are embracing all of Peru. One of the many extra blessings that comes from a new country. Hard to believe that less than a year ago we were "in class" together trying to figure out how to get where we are now. Keep the posts coming - I love it!

  3. Oh, Conner is so happy you've gotten to experience the Andean Condor....He may come up with a way to take a field trip to visit you! Praying for you all!