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Day 27: Saturday 1st August - Arequipa to Colca Canyon, Peru

Short time in the town of Chivay while visiting the Colca Canyon

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This morning we got up early around 6am to catch our private to the Chivay in the Colca Valley. For this trip we also got a special tour guide for the Colca Valley instead Marco, as there are some places in Peru that it is illegal for him to be the guide.
This bus ride was about 6 hours, but that was including stops on the way. We just stopped at a couple of different stops, one to see some Llamas, Alpacas and Vecunas, another was the highest point (around 500 metres above sea level) and the others were amazing view points or toilet stops.
We saw alots Llamas etc at the first stop, they all had funny decorations in their ears. The Alpaca can live between 10-15years, they are mostly raised for their meat and their wool. They have a flat face and short ears. The Llama is used more for its wool, but it also found alot in restaurant, not as tasty as Alpaca apparently, but their wool is very warm and expensive. You have to check before buying as some scarves with be a Alpaca, Llama mix and isn't as warm or authentic. The Llama has a long face and tall ears. The Vecuna, is a little version of the Alpaca. Its wool os worth up to $1,000 and can only be found in certain factories.
When arrived to Chivay it was around lunchtime, so we went straight to the restaurant for a buffet lunch. There was lots of food, especially lots of vegetarian food, mmmmm ;-). Callum and I were both starving had a couple of platts full each.
After we jumped back in the bus and then went to our hotel to check in. The hotel is really a nice hotel in a such a tiny town, we all decided it is the nicest hotel we have been to since Quito. The beds were also incredibly comfy.
Once we were all settled we went for a bit of an orientation walk to see you can find the markets, shops, restaurants, street food, and bars etc. It is a very small place so quite a quick tour. Then a few of us went for a bit of a hike up a hill they had some great views and also some Inca Trails. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable so she told lots of stories/facts about the area. Also on our walk we came across an old bull fighting arena. It wasn't actually that long ago that it was in use. We finished our walk passing through a residential area where there were little kids playing in the street. One of the little blew Jack a kiss, he blew one back, silly! She followed all the way to the end of her neighborhood blowing kisses. Was very cute though.
After the walk we went back and chilled out at the hotel for a bit until a few of us decided to go out for drinks. We found cool little Irish pub. They had run out of Guiness, so Ben was a little disappointed. This bar had writing over every wall, all over the pool table from every tourist that had ever been in there. Lots of G Adventures travellers.
After a few drinks, Jack, Callum and I went out for pizza, everyone else was still full from lunch. The Pizza very very average. I only ate a couple of peices.

Posted by Maraka Saunders 17:00 Archived in Peru

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