Colca Canyon Journals

Hiking into the past

A September 2000 trip to Colca Canyon by Anne Silver

Quote: You can take a short tour and peek over the edge of this amazing canyon or you can venture or you can hike to towns lost in time. Colca Canyon is worth the hike.

Hiking into the past

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Overview

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Take the time and hike down into the canyon. Don't just peek over the edge. Sure the condors are large and amazing, but it is the people and the topography that is what we really enjoyed the most. Most people, if they hike the canyon, go to the Oasis. This is beautiful, but don’t cheat yourself go to Tapay. Tapay is a small town and is visited by very few tourists. It is lost in time. Chivay is a town close to the canyon that is also worth a visit. It has hot springs (La Calera) that are really hot and leave the skin feeling soft. If you're like us, you have been in Peru for any length of time you would pay almost anything to be floating in clean (yes the hot springs are CLEAN) hot water, but t...Read More

The Paradise Club

Hotel | "Vegetable Shed"

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Price was actually less than $3. When we arrived in Tapay, our guide talked with the locals and the best he could come up with was a dirt & stone hut with bamboo platforms. The bathroom was over a stone wall, and behind a cactus there was a hole with a board. We shared with our guide & donkey.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

The Paradise Club
Torviscas Alto
Canary Islands, Spain
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Breakfast in Tapay

Restaurant

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Our guide was given a small bag of food from which to feed us for the next few days on the trail. In the morning he pulled from the bag a package of powdered asparagus soup and asked if we wanted that for breakfast. I’m sure it is a traditional food, but much to my surprise Jim, my partner said, 'Do you have any bread?' Jim had been tired of having bread for breakfast every morning, but when faced with powdered soup, bread looked good. Charlie, our guide, looked at us sadly and said he had no bread. He then must have searched the village because a few minutes later he turned up with several pieces of day old bread, some hot water and instant coffee. We had some oranges and peanuts we had been carrying...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

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For under $1.50 jump into these clean hot springs and enjoy. Afterward there are showers with either hot or cold water and dressing rooms. I was impressed. Hot water had become very important to me after being in Peru for 2 months with sometimes warm showers but no baths. The water here was really nice. We floated for over an hour and our skin was very soft when we were done. Not wrinkled, not dry, just soft and refreshed. I loved it.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Traditional Peru?

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Story/Tip

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Colca Canyon is 7 hours on dirt roads from Arequipa. It is deeper than the Grand Canyon and has small towns and indigenous people that can only be reached by hiking. Our guide, his donkey, Jim, my partner, & myself set out for one of these towns. We had been warned that because this town was perched high on the other side of the canyon it was not visited often. They should have said never. Our young guide and his donkey must have spent the night before partying because we kept waiting for them to catch up as we scaled the steep path to Tapay. I was feeling quite proud of our trekking abilities when an antique couple and two heavily loaded donkeys passed us as if we were standing still. We w...Read More

About the Writer

Anne Silver

Anne Silver
Taos, New Mexico