Journey through the Colca Cannion
I´ve had been in Colca several times. However, this time was outstanding. Our journey started leaving from Arequipa to Patapampa, also called volcano’s viewpoint (Mirador de los Volcanes). After taking a view of most the volcanoes and mountains, that surround the Colca valley and Arequipa, the adrenaline activities begun. We started mountain biking from Patapamba to Chivay. After 2 hours and 30 minutes of downhill and enjoying the beautiful valley, we arrived to Chivay. We had a great buffet lunch and a little time to rest before our small trekking. The trek took 2 hours with great views. Perhaps, one of the most remarkable things was that there were only a few locals during the trek, and no tourists at all, which I liked because one can enjoy the nature as its best. At the end of our trek we enjoyed the hot springs of “La Calera”, beautiful and warm pools surrounded by great mountain views. Our transport was waiting for us to take us back to the hotel, to rest and have dinner. The next day we woke up early, to observe the flight of the Andean Condors. We were leaded to Tapay viewpoint, which is located 10 minutes further from the well-known Condor Cross viewpoint. We were lucky to observe a young condor very close to us. I will recommend that spot, because there are less people in comparison to the other viewpoint and it has the same possibilities to see this beautiful vultures. After spending the morning watching condors, we visit some small villages such us Maca and Chivay, where I felt impressed by the architecture made of Sillar, white bricks made of volcanic rocks. After a beautiful journey our trip ended with a nice lunch, we got back to Arequipa with a sense of fulfillment and joy.