DIY Arequpia and Colca Cañon

After doing the Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu, me and Chani were “toured out“. No way that we were gonna go onto another tour in Arequipa…

We went to the local bus station, bought a ticket to Chivay and then we took it easy from there. In the same afternoon we walked to the local hot springs of Chivay and we got healed from all kinds of diseases that we did not even know that we had haha.

Next day – following the “instructions“ of the Lonely Planet we made our way to Yanque and back to Chivay– and the hike was sooooooo beautiful. There were almost no tourists around and we were enjoying the silence and of course the beautiful landscape of the Colca Cañon. We passed pre-Incan terraces that are still in use for agriculture, small cute villages and hanging tombs on some cliffs close to a river. In Yanque we found some hot springs that were AMAZING. We had them all to ourselves; a pool with really really hot thermal water that was coming directly out off the earth. QUE RICO!!!

We really enjoyed this short trip to the canyon – even though we did not really see much of it as we had not more time.

stuck in a snow storm on our way to Arequipa
stuck in a snow storm on our way to Arequipa

landscape of Colca Canyon with pre-Incan terraces
landscape of Colca Canyon with pre-Incan terraces

Maren

I'm Maren from Germany and I will be helping Julio the next 4 weeks here in Lima, Peru. I opted for volunteering because I wanted to get to know the Peruvian people, their culture, their history, their cuisine and much more and not only see the main touristic attractions. In real life I'm studying International Business Administration in South Germany and will be finishing with my Bachelor degree in one year. I've been travelling and living in different countries since HighSchool: USA, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Mexico. For the past 10 months I studied in Guadalajara, Mexico and I really learned to love the country, its people, its language etc. and I think it will be quite interesting for me to see the differences and the similarities between Peru and Mexico.

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