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Colca Canyon and the Condors

An August 2004 trip to Colca Canyon by Felicidad

Quote: In August 2004 I took a weekend trip from Cusco to visit one of the deepest canyons in the world, Colca Canyon. This journal tells about my experience and gives some tips on how to get there and enjoy the experience!

Colca Canyon and the Condors

Overview

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Going to the Irish pub in Chivay with the people in my tour group.

Aguas Calientes / hot springs, also in Chivay - great way to warm up and relax!

Seeing the condors circling in the canyon.

Quick Tips:

You can book a tour from Cusco, but ask very specifically what is included and what is not. A weekend trip should come to about -, including everything. If it's much less than this, be careful. See inside this journal for what should be included.

Best Way To Get Around:

Book a tour from Cusco or Arequipa, and all your transportation will be provided for. Very convenient!

Colca Canyon

Attraction | "The Hot Springs in Chivay"

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This is a must-do while you are in Chivay!

If your tour group does not include a trip here, take a taxi (which may or may not be a cart on the back of a bicycle!). Take money to get in here, but not much more, as there is no place to lock your belongings there.

There are three different pools of different sizes and temperatures, but all are more than hot enough to warm you up and be completely relaxing.

You can also order alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to sip in the pools! For a special treat, go there in time to watch the sun set over the hills. You really are in the middle of nowhere at this point, so when it gets dark, the stars come out so brightly!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2004

Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon
Arequipa, Peru

Irish Pub

Attraction

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This is a great little pub right on the plaza in the tiny town of Chivay. The first point of appeal for the pub is that it is one of the only places to go out, and you will probably run into other travelers also visiting the Canyon. They have pretty good happy hour prices, including Arequipena (beer), Pisco Sours, and a few mixed drinks. You can sit with your traveling companions at one of the tables and talk with mostly American music in the background. Also there for your entertainment is a pool table! So head on out, but don't stay out too late, because most tour groups leave the next morning at dawn to get to the Canyon early enough t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2004

The Itinerary

Story/Tip

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All right, here's how it usually works -- most tour groups do almost the same thing. This is the basic weekend tour, starting from and returning to Cusco: First, you'll catch an overnight bus from Cusco to the city of Arequipa. The buses are pretty comfortable, as long as they have heat -- ASK! You'll be cold if you don't! Also check to make sure that the bus has a restroom! You'll arrive in Arequipa early the next morning and probably have an hour or two to walk around and get breakfast before starting off for Colca Canyon. Then your tour will get into another bus, or maybe a van, for the five-hour ride to the town of Chivay – a tiny little town, but the closest inhabi...Read More

Choosing a Tour Group

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Story/Tip

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Here's the basics to choosing a tour of the Canyon. Essentially, you have two options. Both are fine, just depends on your traveling style. THE FIRST OPTION is to book a tour from Cusco if this is where you are based. You should pay around $50-$60, possibly a bit more if they include more meals or entrance to the hot springs in Chivay. Here's the things that may or may not be included - the starred items are what I would consider necessary, and the others are nice bonuses. *Bus from Cusco to Arequipa and back. *Transportation to Chivay and back from Arequipa *English-speaking guide Ticket to see the Canyon Ticket to the hot springs in ...Read More
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A bathing suit for the hot springs Layers of clothing - Arequipa is a bit warmer than Cusco but Chivay is definitely colder, especially at night! Shampoo, etc - You won't want to shower at the hostels in Chivay, which tend to only have very cold water, but you can shower at the hot springs. Bring food for the long bus trips! Extra money - Sometimes several tour groups are all put together, and what was promised to one group (in terms of meals, etc) wasn't promised to another. Consequently, you may end up paying more than you expected, and it can be difficult to change money in Chivay. Besides, maybe you'll want money for drinks at the Irish pub or the hot springs ...Read More

About the Writer

Felicidad

Felicidad
Washington, District of Columbia

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