Cruz del Condor and Colca Canyon

Cruz del Condor and Colca Canyon

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This was a 2 day 1 night trek from Arequipa. I arrived Arequipa after a long bus journey all the way from Nasca. The city is located at the altitude of 2,328 M . I was staying at Casa De Avila. The trek started the very next morning at 3AM. ย I booked the trek through my the hotel. The bus arrived at 3 AM to pick me up. We drove to Chivay ย and had our breakfast and then drove another few hours through bumpy road to Cruz-del-Condor for Condor viewing. Andean condors are massive birds, among the largest in the world that are able to fly. They weight almost 35 lb .

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They are mostly scavengers, survive on carcasses. We spent about 50 mins and continuedย another half hour to Pampas San Miguel where we started our hike.ย About 3 hours into the trek we had crossed the bridge at the bottom of the canyon. From here itโ€™s another half hour to the first village, San Juan de Chuccho, where we had lunch and a short break. I was not feeling well so was given few cups of coca tea to fight altitude sickness.ย Weโ€™ had continued hiking another 3 hours and passed through the villages of Cosnihua and Malata before arriving at Oasis de Sangalle around 5:30pm where we had dinner and spend the night. Though it was almost evening some guys (including me) plunged into the pool.

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Flora and Fauna on the way and bridge at the bottom of the Canyon

I was not very confident of the next day , it was a steep hike toย Cabanaconde. Also unlike the group I had to take a 4M bus from Chivoy to Puno , so I decided to arrange a mule locally which costed 60 soles . The group started at 5 but I had the luxury to sleep longer. My mule handler arrived at 7.30 and we started our steep hike. Mules always take the ย canyon side path , this was a bit nerve wracking because path is made of loose gravel or boulder and I could hear loose stones are displaced with the footsteps of the mules and falling deep in the canyon.

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There was some difficulty in locating the group and by the time I reached every body almost finished their breakfast.ย We had a 2 hour bus ride to the Calera hot springs. The bus stopped at a couple viewpoints for photos along the way. We had about an hour at the thermal baths before we continued to Chivay (10-15 minutes away) for a buffet lunch. From here I took the bus to Puno where the rest of the group continued towards Arequipa.

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