Tag - Colca Canyon

Arequipa and the Colca Canyon Rush

Arequipa

After a great five days in Cusco, I headed a little further south to Arequipa, the capital of Peru for a brief period in the mid 19th century, and still regarded by many of its inhabitants as the country’s cultural centre. Being the birthplace of Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010, helps to re-inforce their...

PotD: 56 – Jeans and Fashion at Colca Canyon

Jeans

I know that a shot of a pair of jeans may not be what you expect to see from a visit to the spectacular Colca canyon but sometimes you see something so unique that you just have to stop and stare. This pair of jeans was worn by a market trader who very much had his own look. The detail of the needlework that has gone into depicting the tableau...

PotD: 55 – Obvious to some

Obvious to some

You’d think that when you visit a place of natural beauty such as the spectacular Colca canyon in southern Peru that you would not need to paint a sign on the side of a rock telling visitors not to pee on said rock. Then again, what is obvious to some is not necessarily obvious to others. And, if you have to deal with over 120,000 visitors...

PotD: 54 – Condor at Colca Canyon

Condor

The tour bus from Arequipa to Colca canyon left at 3am and somehow I ended up on it. I hadn’t been on a guided tour since the first week of my journey when it was the only way to make it onto the Perito Moreno glacier in Patagonia. That had turned out to be an excellent tour and, even though I had actively avoided going to Machu Picchu in an...