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Day 28: Sunday 2nd August, Chivay and Colca Canyon, Peru

Amazing views and big birds

sunny 21 °C

This morning I struggled to get out of bed as I had very bad altitude sickness. Chivay sits a 3600m above, highest place we have slept at so far. I had a horrible sleep. Kept waking up with a massive headache and very dissy, wanting to be sick but never did. Quite a few people got bleeding noses aswell from the altitude. Mine just kept going jn the shower, from the heat I suspect. But anyway, I wasnt going to miss out on Colca Canyon, so I got up and got ready as fast as possible without making myself ill.
We caught our bus from outside the market area, then we went for out 6 hour round trip to the Colca Canyon. We stopped at 3 veiw points along the way and a little town called Maca (my nickname). I wanted to get a picture but there was no town sign. The main place we stopped was in the highest point of the Canyon where you find the Condors flying. These birds were massive, they can weigh up to 10kg and live up to 65-70 years old. Baby condors fly with their father until they are 3 years old. What an incredible experience to see a gigantic bird, elegantly gliding through the air between 5 and 30 metres away from you. Callum got some amazing photos.
The best part of this trip to the Caynon was that, with all the people around we noticed that standing right in front of us were 4 people from our first group. They had spent a few extra days in Lima and then gone it alone. They actually got a little bit of help from Harrold for the first part, as he was still on holiday.
It was so nice seeing them again but we were both on separate tours that were to go on walks, so we had to say our goodbyes.
I thought I had already seen some incredible veiws but every 100 metres we walked there were more grest veiws.
We stopped at another veiw point worth a mention that are in the facebook photos alot, which was an area where there were alot of Inca Terraces. Inca Terraces were made for producing different types of crops, veges, plants, etc. They created because different crops grew at different attitudes, due weather, water etc. For example around 4000 metres above sea level can't produce agriculture becuase the land is too dry as there is no water; 200 below is better.


Posted by Maraka Saunders 17:00 Archived in Peru

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