Peru #4: Colca Canyon trek - Brutal but Beautiful...

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Nikollette Sunday @nikollettesundayDecember 2018 · 3 min read

Is it real? From trekking over mountains to hiking through canyons in Peru. Our trek with double depth of the famous Grand Canyon was crazy. We spent night in Oasis located down within the canyon and hiking back up next day.

My Colca Canyon trek was the first thing I did in my 3 weeks in Peru and it was my absolute favourite. Yes, better than Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is Peru´s number one attraction and trekking the Inca Trail is so popluar that permits sell out months and months and months in advance (in main season). But If you are active (like me), independent (like me) and would rather not sleep on the ground in cold forest (but rather on the ground in lagoon village), trekking in Peru´s Colca Canyon is the best choice.

Trek started in the town of Cabanacone, home to the region´s famous Andean Condors. I visited the Cruz del Condor viewpoint before trek and I was watching the largest flying birds in the world with an average wingspan of 3 metres. I was amazed by these magnificent birds.

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Andean condors have a deep conection with Incas. Condors represent the upper world (hanan pacha) connected with the sky.

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Colca Canyon, this Peruvian wonder is the second deepest canyon in the world. Furthermore, Colca Canyon is more than twice as deep as the famed Grand Canyon. And I didn´t know it .. Haha.. We started at 8 am in the morning ( woke up at 3 am) from our base to the oasis town of Sangalle on the canyon floor. It was looong, looong day full of pain. First hours of our trip were so nice (because I had an energy), I took so many pictures, selfies and I was playing with my camera, talking to other people from group.. :D but than … Mix of jet lag, lack of sleep and altitude sickness was´t nice combination for this trek. 1 step = 3 long breaths .. And again …

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After a whole day we came to the oasis and we realized we have to climb right back up again after this very long, very hard day. I was exhausted, not amazed but I did it without any help of donkey. :)

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I was glad there was no need to carry a tent or food since there are villages with at least basic facilities. We spent hours on trails without seeing any other trekkers. Everywhere is this rule > Pack right and pack light. Whichever route you take, you’ll be hiking up and down steep canyon walls which is challenging enough without an over-stuffed pack on your back. Some people told me that I look like a Dumbledore with hat and bamboo (my third leg helped me so much!). I didn´t care.. :D

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Do you ever look back on your adventures and wonder how you´re still alive? Tell me guys!

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Do you ever look back on your adventures and wonder how you´re still alive? What about your experience?

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phortun
phortun @phortunDecember 2018

Wow, what an epic hike! You took some stunning photos up there :)

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Díky za radu :))


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Wow :O also, adding up on @phortun 's knowledge, add #sentisteem and #travel-digest..both are as well being scanned by curators :) and your entry might end up being featured in #sentisteem book (at least that's what I understood from somewhere, that they're gonna make a book from 1000 collected high quality posts)


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Také děluju za rady :)) Možná to přispěje k tomu, ze dostanu víc jak 20 upvotes za článek :D kniha? Fuuu...:))


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phortun
phortun @phortunDecember 2018

Vidíš, @travelfeed tě vybrali a rovnou za plnou palbu a resteem :) To dělají jen u těch nejlepších postů dne ;) Gratuluju!


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Ještě že se tady tak o mě s @phortun hezky staráte. .) zlatí děkuji


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Tomu říkám výlet ;-) Krása.


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I went there in 2015, such an epic place!


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Yep, I agree! And.. I would like to thank you for selecting me .)


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No worries, great post! :)


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Stephan @steef-05December 2018

Looks like a great alternative indeed for the Inca Trail. How high does the path lead? Glad you did not get really sick or anything. I met people who got really sick due to altitude sickness, especially if they just arrived by plane and went hiking almost immediately without getting used to the elevation first.


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The high of the path is about 3,650 meters above sea level (12,000 feet). It was difficult but I was fine. Coca leaves helped me a lot! :) Thank you:) I´m not sure if we can call it "alternative" of Inca Trail because it doesn´t finish with Machu Picchu but.. Price is less than Inca Trail (60 soles = 18 dollars), Inka trail is 600 dollars (good price) - 1000 dollars... it depends on the company (train is the same price) .. But if you have plans to go there I highly recommend Colca Canynon :)


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Absolutely stunning place to be! I can't help but think of the song El Condor Pasa when I see such places, not even talking about the animal itself.

To answear the question, yes, I wonder how I'm still alive after so many crazyness. I guess that this adrenaline and the freedom vibe of knowing I can move anywhere, anytime, is what moves us all. Isn't it?


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Absolutně nechápu co mě to vždycky napadne, kam se rozhodnu odjet, kde tam spím, s kým se bavím, co jím, jak se tam dorozumím rukama nohama no takže tak :) vlastně celý rok 2018 byl plný cestovatelských dobrodružství :))


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Pokud si mám zrekapitulovat v tomto směru rok 2018, vůbec by mě nanapadlo, kam mě cesty všude zavedou :)


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To je dobře... ;)


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