Colca Canyon

March 17-20, 2017 Colca Canyon is one of the world’s deepest canyons, and just 5 hours away from Arequipa by bus. We chose a tourist bus which leaves Arequipa at 3am, so we could make it to the condor viewpoint by 8:30am. Waking up before 3am does not make me happy, and having just 20 minutes at the condor viewpoint didn’t make things any better, especially since the condors we saw were all far away.

Arequipa

March 13-16, 2017 The overnight bus to Arequipa was a smooth ride. As per usual, I only dozed briefly so we were good and tired when arriving at the Flying Dog Hostel well before checkin time. I took a nap on the couch in the common area, and by then they’d gotten our room ready (early) and we slept for a bit in our room. Our room was nice, but it had no vents or windows so we had to keep the door open for a while every day to let the damp shower air out.

Nazca

March 10-12, 2017 What put Nazca on the map are the Nazca lines, which are a lot like drawings you might have made in the sand with a stick, except they’re up to 100s of meters long, and about 2,000 years old. Nazca’s annual rainfall is 4mm, so it doesn’t take much to make something that lasts a long time. Up close the lines look like you could have done something like that with a few friends in an afternoon, or over the course of a few days at the most.