Everyone in Peru told me that a tour to the Colca Canyon was a must-do on my visit to Arequipa. So I dutifully marched into the reception area of my hostel, and naively announced that I wanted to book the 2-day trek. The receptionist patiently described the trek (or so I thought!), what I needed to bring, when to be ready, where to wait, etc., etc. It seemed innocent enough – the van would pick me up at 3:00am, we’d make a few stops along the way for breakfast and pictures, and by 10 am we’d be half way down the canyon. This trek in the Colca Canyon ended up being incredibly challenging, but beautiful – and worth every drop of sweat and intensely sore muscle.
After a very short 3 hours of sleep, I was awake, packing my few belongings – lots of sunscreen, lots of water, a camera, and that’s about it. (more…)