Peru: Arequipa & Canyon Country

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Arequipa & Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve

A truly spectacular drive traversing the HIGH! plains of the vast, barren Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve.

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the historic center of Arequipa

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View from a rooftop Café. Arequipa is guarded by 3 dramatic volcanoes

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this load looks pretty heavy

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This beautiful herdswoman caught my eye

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The Colca Valley

is a stunning, colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots, and towns founded in Spanish colonial times, still inhabited by people of the Collagua and the Cabana cultures. The local people maintain their ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the stepped terraces.

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approaching Chivay, a beautiful town in the Colca Valley

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the beautiful town Chivay

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so true…

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taxi rides

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at the market in Chivay these women served tea with medicine – kind of like a “herb witch”

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the Inka terraces

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the stunning Colca Valley

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Love this lama jewelery

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After we explored the stunning Colca Valley we relaxed at the beautiful Colca Lodge. It’s a luxury lodge but we had a great deal for a 3-course meal with the entrance for the hot springs. What a treat!

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hot springs directly on the river

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the spa area of the Colca Lodge

on our way to Cusco

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some snow at this high altitude

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anytime soon Mr. G needs a wash … 🙂

So glad this woman joined us at a lunch break. She is one of many special encounters and it was such a pleasure to spend some time with her. I can still hear her laughter 🙂Peru_DSC_8179

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Ivan showing her our guide & map. She was fascinated….maybe she never got to see these travel books?

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studying our map

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she looked up and said “Cusco” is just behind this hill , then looked at the map and was confused. She knew where to go but couldn’t figure out the map…. she clearly enjoyed it though.

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