Colca Canyon

Spectacular scenery all around!  It was a wonderful ride from Lake Titicaca to the town of Chivay in the Colca Canyon.  We spent four days there, giving us time to explore the canyon and relax as well.  This is one of the deepest canyons in the world (everybody measures differently, so there are a lot of claims the being “the” deepest).

It’s all about the scenery, so here are some photos:

[I don’t know how it works for those of you seeing this in email from your subscription, but on the web page, you can click on any photo to see it larger.]

Between Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon.

At the top of the last pass before descending into the canyon.

Notice the altitude on Tom's GPS. That's 16,050 feet!

The town of Chivay down below.

Welcome to Chivay, 12,000 feet above sea level.

Before the canyon gets too deep.

My new favorite picture of me riding. (That's me in the tunnel.)

Waiting for a condor. See the river down below.

Cabanaconde, another town in Colca Canyon.

Taking the back way.

Entering Ichupampa.

Relaxing in the Chivay plaza on a Sunday afternoon.

Across the river from Chivay.

Evening in Chivay.

Evening sky in Chivay

Torre Blanca

Torre Blanca leaving Colca Canyon.

Climbing to another pass

The afternoon dark skies are getting to be a theme.

No rain today.

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9 Responses to Colca Canyon

  1. jessicadally says:

    Expanding the pictures works for us subscribers too Laura! Is it just me or all these cities very clean or at least relatively so? Having trouble taking pictures here in Nicaragua without showing all the garbage.

    • lauraseaver says:

      The towns in Colca Canyon were pretty clean. And there isn’t the omnipresent smell of burning plastic that I remember from Nicaragua. I hope you’re having a great time anyway!

  2. Yes, it brings back memories of Peru. Great shots, good mood settings. You omitted the tourists, glad to see that. Those heights are taxing, I ran out of breath a few times just walking. It takes a good while to get used to this altitude. You are doing great, keep going!

  3. Brin & Jeanie says:

    Hi Laura & Tom,
    Sure are enjoying your Riding Around posts. I hope there is a book with all your adventures coming eventually (if you are ever home long enough). Happy Anniversary on the 19th.
    Love, Jeanie & Brin

  4. Don Mathes says:

    Impressive, beautiful pix from the Altiplano (16000 feet, makes me breathless remembering). I never got to Colca Canyon, so was very interested in your pix. I did spend time in Arequipa, which is a gorgeous city not too far from the canyon. I’m also impressed by lots of roads in the photos that are paved—big change from 30 years ago! Keep ’em coming—and be safe.

    • lauraseaver says:

      I’m not sure, but I think the pavement is a big change from five or ten years ago. A lot of it seems new, and they are working on more and more. Time will tell about the maintenance though.

  5. Jen says:

    Beautiful as always my friend. That last shot of the valley is spectacular, really get a feel for a glacier once being there and the quiet. No commentary from me on your set up for the shots, I hardly notice the effort required to get a good one and instead assume that Tom has divine gifts that simply just show up effortlessly for each shot.

    On a more somber and somewhat unrelated note, not sure if you’ve heard about the floods in Vernazza in late October, some incredible shots and footage here: http://savevernazza.com/ Tourists traveling there during the flood took some amazing photos documenting the progression: http://s576.photobucket.com/albums/ss205/twally/Vernazza%20Flash%20flood/?albumview=slideshow

  6. Jan Dring says:

    Loved your coverage of the Colca Canyon. I was there in 1988 and trekked down to the bottom of the canyon to the Colca River. It took two days. We began from a small town named Huambo and followed the old Inca trail. We would often see natives with their animals carry produce (bananas, etc) from near sea level at the bottom to the towns at 12,000 feet above. That pass that you showed we were told was close to 18,000. I have a video of that trip. Love that area of the world and we savor your blog posts. Jan Dring (Bill wasn’t with me on that trip)

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