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Hiking Colca Canyon (a First!)

Hiking Colca Canyon (a First!)

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to go on a 3 day trek in Colca Canyon, which is Peru’s Grand Canyon – only deeper and with varying landscapes, such as desert & forestry stuff:

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It is 13,650 ft deep and even at the bottom of the canyon, you’re still at a higher altitude than Denver. Since you are hiking around at such a high altitude, the sun is very intense and you can get very sick if you don’t cover your head. Some tourists forget to bring hats so they get to buy cool sombreros that look like this:

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When I signed up for a three day Colca Canyon trek, I guess I didn’t really think about what that really entails. I realized pretty quickly when we got to the beginning of the trail with no guard rails (below) that my fear of heights was going to have to go:

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Luckily, I stared at the person’s shoes in front of me for the scary parts like this:

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And was able to enjoy the most beautifully challenging three days of my life. The canyon is really just a brilliant place, as the Brits would say. The scenery was breath-taking, even if you just looked out and not down. We trekked into and out of and into and out of the canyon in only 3 days. Peru doesn’t have the same safety standards as the US so there were moments when I was happy to have all my Saint medals & necklaces from friends & family with me. But it truly is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been in my life and well-worth the hike:

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I’ve also decided to extend my stay in Arequipa by a week since I “lost” a week at the orphanage due to the illness flare-up. So I’ll be going to Lake Titicaca on a 2 day tour instead and staying here until September 17 so I can get a little more cleaning and “trekking” done.

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