Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Arequipa and Colca Canyon

After Lake Titicaca, we descended down a bit from the altitude to the city of Arequipa and the nearby Colca Canyon. We were interested in the Colca Canyon especially because it is one of the deepest canyons in the world and home to Andean condors, which depending on which source you use, is either the largest or second largest flying bird in the world.
Above, a view of part of the canyon where people have lived since Pre-Inca times. Below, Sara, sticking her head out of our tour van.
We were very lucky that day, because not only were the condors out, but they were out in full force. We got to see full grown adults and some juveniles spread their wings.
The Canyon had some very interesting flora, including some beautiful flowers. Jesse, being the photographer that he is, took the picture below with the butterfly.
The three girls on the trip, Sara, myself and Amy, with the beautiful backdrop of the canyon.
Downtown Arequipa, home to the Incan child sacrifice mummy Juanita (pictures weren't allowed, but you can Google it for pictures, pretty amazing stuff), beautiful white architecture, a convent, and some awesome restaurants. We left Arequipa a little bit early to get to Nazca (post to follow)but felt that if we returned, there was definitely more things to do in Peru's second largest city.

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