The Depths of Peru: A Venture into Colca Canyon

Sunscreen? Check. Coca tea? Check. Telephoto and wide-angle camera lens? Check. All right. We are ready to head off to Colca Canyon!

After two days of acclimatizing under the watchful eye of the El Misti volcano as we meandered through the colorful corridors of the Santa Catalina monastery, savored the cool sweet taste of queso helado, and took in the sunset each night from the rooftop terraza of our hotel in Arequipa we were ready for the day’s journey of ascending up through breathless passes as high 4,910 meters in order to reach our final oasis for the next two nights, the Colca Lodge, located in southern Peru’s famed river canyon, a windy four-hour drive north of Arequipa.

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