Posted by: gypsytales | April 4, 2010

Trip to Colca Canyon

wooden railings along the walkway above the Colca Canyon

Our trip to the Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyone in the world, was over two days.  We also passed the highest point in our trip so far, 4,910 metres above sea level.  Our guide, who spoke fluent English, kept us well informed about local history, fauna and flora.

a cup of steaming tea, made from coca leaves, just prior to our 4,910 metre ascent helps with altitude sickness

this must be one of the highest toilets in the world, but after a peep inside, no matter how urgent the could wait

stones piled one on top of the other by other tourists says "I was here"...better than's Barry leaving "I was here"

our overnight cottage felt like we were in one of Beatrix Potter's fairytales

view of the Colca River from our cottage

we spent the late afternoon at the thermal pools...the perfect way to end the day...

we were treated to traditional music and folkdancing during dinner

Captured! Before he knew it, he was swept off his feet to join the show and entertain the crowds!

isn't this just the cutest?

we had fun posing with this huge bird of prey, he was really heavy and after I had a turn to hold him too he left really deep claw marks in my hands

Barry's eating the fruit from certain cactus plant, it's mega should have seen his face when he bit into dinner the night before we drank the most delicious aperitif made from this fruit

view of the Colca Canyon

My camera can only capture so much.  For some really great pics of the canyone, check out Barry’s blog:



  1. Hi Francis, it’s so great to be able to see you guys touring the world like this!!! WOW!!! and your photos are amazing!!!

    We praise the Lord that you guys survived the Earthquake in Chile, He never leaves us or forsakes us!

    Lots and lots of Love!

  2. The cocoa tea is not even brown! Did it taste like cocoa?

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