We woke up at 2:05 a.m. and we were on a bus at 2:50 a.m. It was cold outside, but luckily the tour company gave us blankets on the bus and I tried to sleep most of the way. We stopped at 5:30 a.m. to get a closer look at the mountains and Volcán Misti. We also saw some vicuñas, which is a relative to alpacas and llamas, but the vicuña is known as the princess of the Andes. When we stopped to check out the view, it was -2 degrees Celsius out (28.4 degrees Fahrenheit). I was reluctant to get out in the cold, but I did anyway so that I could snap some pictures.
|Some mountain peaks. One of them is|
Mount Ampato where Juanita was found.
|Me with the Andean Eagle|
|Mirador de Antahailque: The Colca River|
|The area where they found Ciro's body. They were clearly somewhere|
they weren't supposed to be because you couldn't see any clear trails on that mountain.
Okay, now for the next controversial issue. Is Colca Canyon the deepest canyon in the world? Our guide told us yet, but I feel like he is supposed to say that, but everything that I have read pretty much says that it was, but now it's not, so pretty much it's arguable! Recently, the Cotahuasi Canyon, which is actually close by the Colca Canyon, was named the deepest canyon because it is supposedly 335 meters deeper than Colca. There's also another "canyon" that is deeper than Cotahuasi, but some scientist somewhere decided that it was a gorge not a canyon. So pretty much Colca Canyon is either the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd deepest canyon in the world. Moral of the story: Colca Canyon is a really deep canyon. Also, I do know that Colca is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, which is cool. Although Colca was impressive, I'm really interested to see the Grand Canyon now, because, from pictures, the Grand Canyon looks prettier!
|Sheila, Tonisha, Mark, and I at Colca Canyon|
We finally headed back to Lima and we drove through the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca, where we saw a bunch of alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas. See...
Once we got back to Lima, we were finally able to go inside the Catedral of Arequipa. The outside is beautiful so I was excited to finally see the inside.
Our next stops included a stroll in the Regional Library and a peek into the Iglesia de San Francisco because they were in the middle of mass. Then, we went shopping to the markets, where I picked up a few Christmas presents. :) By that time, we were all really hungry because it had been a long day so after a long time of debating on where to go for dinner, we chose a pizza place and we all got the lasagna special. It was pretty good, but the best part was our waitress! She was SO nice! We gave her a huge tip and I'm pretty sure she was shocked by what we gave her. We then hit up some more markets, got some ice cream (of course), and headed back to the hostel. I worked on Tonisha and I's presentations that we had to do and we watched I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry in Spanish. Then, it was off to bed to get ready for our last day in Arequipa! :)
Bueñas noches! Happy Holidays!