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Sunday Travel Tales

Last weekend was a rough one for me, I got tied up with a job and didn’t get to posting Travel Tales.

Cañon del Colca

You can find Cabanaconde and Chivay here, and the points in between that we visit in today's story, Map courtesy of Rumillaqta Hotel, Chivay

Returning the next morning from Cabanaconde our first stop in the canyon was Cruz del Condor. Here is the deepest part of the canyon, 1.2 kms (3,900ft+/-) deep. Colca is considered the deepest canyon in the world.

By arriving from Cabanaconde our tours were among the first to arrive before the main influx of tourists that stayed overnight in Chivay.

Cruz del Condor

An adult juvenile condor cruising above the canyon. I don't know who to credit for this magnificent photo, if it's yours, please advise

All my photos of the condors have gone or been destroyed, this is the only one here that is not mine.

You can see the sheer majesty of these big birds. They are the heaviest flying bird in he world and have a wingspan approaching four metres (12ft+/-).

They nest in the walls of the canyon, and around 9am – 10am they begin their daily ritual of soaring gracefully out of the canyon on the thermals.

Women from the area sell 'tuna' (prickly pear fruit) and tamales to the tourists

Yes, where there are tourists there are Peruvians making a living. For many it is the first chance they get to try the tuna or fruit of the prickly pear cactus.


The church in the village of Pinchollo

Pinchollo is the poorest village in the canyon due to its agricultural terraces being the narrowest on the steep canyon sides.

Hanging Tombs

Mirador de Choquetico and the Hanging Tombs


The church at Achoma

Achoma was our last port of call before returning to Chivay.

Local cheese

It was near here that we stopped at a small queseria and tasted some of the locally made yoghurt and cheese. You have never tasted anything so delicious, so totally unlike any western supermarket product.

Well, that’s our tale for this week.

NB: Once again, you can see how the ravages of time have taken their toll on my old negatives;

Sunday Travel Tales

When writing about travels one tends to write about the famous places, the places that people already know exist somewhere along the tourist trail. I have been equally guilty, although I do try to get off the beaten track and I will try today.

In the south of Peru, usually after a 12 hour overnight bus from Nazca where one usually wakes as the bus leaves the coast and heads inland towards Arequipa. Arequipa is a nice place with the convent, the Ice-Maiden and its famous backdrop volcano, El Misti. But we aren’t stopping there.


We are heading for Chivay at the head of the Colca Canyon where most tourist base themselves for the tour of the canyon. But we aren’t, we lunch in Chivay and head away again, traveling the full length of the canyon to Cabanaconde.


I was last there in 1997, so some things may have changed. They may have electricity 24 hours a day now, but I suspect it is essentially the same little sleepy hollow as it used to be.

We stay overnight in a simple hostal, have dinner in the one restaurant and return for an early night. There’s simply not much to do there.

Waking early before breakfast a stroll in the fresh mountain air and you get a chance to see the town.

The altitude is 3,600 (11,000ft +/-) metres above sea level, so the air is brisk and you wrap well.

Pretty rudimentary

The neighbours are always curious

Looking back down from the high spot

Just as much home for the cows

The kids are curious too, and hang around to watch the tourists

Yes, the kids watch the watchers. After a simple breakfast, it’s everyone on the bus and we head off back up the canyon to Cruz del Condor, our first stop.

Cruz del Condor is the deepest part of the canyon and will be another Sunday Travel Tale.

NB: These photos are all mine, salvaged and scanned from old abused negatives. I apologise for the quality, but there you have it.

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