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Arequipa, Colca Canyon and Cusco

Week 3

sunny 28 °C

Tuesday 18th
Saw Juanita, the frozen Inca mummy who climbed a mountain just to be bashed on the head as a sacrifice to the Gods.

Wednesday 19th
Arrived at Cabanaconde, a beautiful mountain village. Suffering from altitude sickness and dehydration after the hot 6 hour bus journey with only one toilet stop.
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Thursday 20th
Got up early to go down Colca canyon. 2 hours of steep downhill descent and some pretty wobbly legs later we arrived at paradise. Swam in the pool, did some painting, got ripped off for water and met a llama. Unfortunately there were lots of nasty biting insects in paradise. The climb back up was incredibly knackering -3.5 hours continual steep ascent.

Friday 21st
Another early start to go to the Cruz del Condor. Waited 2.5 hours and were just thinking it would be a no show when about 4 condors wheeled overhead. When we arrived in Chivay both Paula and Stu were feeling pretty ropey so I left them to sleep and went to some hot springs. Got a taxi back (normal sized car) with 3 in the boot, 3 in the back seat and myself, an old woman and a dog in the front seat!

Saturday 22nd
Woke up with a dodgy belly, took the bus back to Arequipa anyway. Felt better after a snooze and ready to get the night bus to Cusco.

Sunday 23rd
The night bus was pretty bad, the seats didnĀ“t recline much and it was full of school students. They started playing music at 5am. Arrived in Cusco, paid too much for a taxi to Loki hostel which was full anyway, went to a Pirwa which had been recommended too. Nice hostel with a big tv, watched a couple of films whilst we waited for the beds to be ready.

Monday 24th
Went to the Inca museum.
Went out in the evening with a group from the hostel, had an amazing night dancing and drinking cocktails.

Tuesday 25th
Paid for the Salkantay trek. Had a siesta

Posted by BethanyS 13:33 Archived in Peru Tagged backpacking

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