The Colca Lodge, beautiful and peaceful.
Meet some friends
Real flowers not embroidery
Bringing fresh herbs and veggies to the kitchen.
Welcome to Colca Lodge… his name translates to Julius Caesar.
Lunch by the the hot springs.
Assorted tastes for bread
Chicken crusted with quinoa, French fries and spicy sauce.
This Canyon is reported to be one of the deepest in the world, reaching a depth of 4,160 meters (12,939 feet) it is located northwest of Arequipa.
We are headed to Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs
Altitude 11,000 feet
My suggestion is to NOT choose the scenic route, take the highway and that should be about two and a half hours by car or bus. As opposed to seven and a half over several mountain ranges. Though we did see the salt flats and a dam, without the help of many people, we might still be up in the mountains. 😬
Endless mountain ranges and valleys we crossed.
Below are kind people who gave us directions along the way.
A local shepherd
The dam, we almost freaked, there was a locked gate blocking our way. Finally a lovely man came out, gave us directions, opened the gate and in ten mins we were lost again.
This young man literally saved us, he went out of his way to get us out of the mountains and to the highway. A blessing.
Its getting late we are on the highway and have another hour and a half to our destination.
This is the highest altitude we got to.
We made it, we are in the parking lot of Colca Lodge 🙏🏻
Where to eat in Arequipa Peru
Start at the bar with a special Arequipa craft Pisces served with herbs and fruits. This one has Pisces, blackberry, tangerine and black pepper. Awesome
Seasood Sarza – Sea urchins, octopus tolina and limpets in onion and tomato sarza.
White Corn Tamale – Filled with pork adobo, served with onion sarza
Chupa – They say this is their proudest dish. River shrimp soup, with potatoes, fave beans, cabbage huacatay herb and a sprinkle of milk.
Jumbo Shrimp- Crispy jumbo river shrimps, served with roasted potatoes and criolle sauce.
We spent a good part of the afternoon at the Santa Catalina Monastery
The Monastery of Saint Catherine (Spanish: Santa Catalina) is a monastery of nuns of the Dominican Second Order.
It was built in 1579 and was enlarged in the 17th century. The over 20,000-square-meter monastery was built predominantly in the Mudéjar style, and is characterized by its vividly painted walls. There are approximately 20 nuns currently living in the northern corner of the complex; the rest of the monastery is open to the public.
We have made it to the border between Chile and Peru, the next leg of our road trip is about to begin.
Welcome to Arequipa Peru.
Arequipa is the colonial-era capital of Peru’s Arequipa Region. Framed by 3 volcanoes, it’s filled with baroque buildings constructed from sillar, a white volcanic stone. Its historic center is anchored by the Plaza de Armas, a stately main square flanked on its north by the 17th-century neoclassical Basilica…
Lama are descendants of the camel.
Sights in town.
Leaving Atacama, six hour car rode, hour and a half plane ride. Over several beautiful mountain ranges.
Below is a National Monument , The Atacama Giant.
The Atacama Giant (Spanish: Gigante de Atacama) is a large anthropomorphic geoglyph in the Atacama Desert, Chile. Located at “Cerro Unitas”, this is the largest prehistoric anthropomorphic figure in the world with a height of 119 metres (390 ft) and represents a deity for the local inhabitants from AD 1000 to 1400.
The figure was an early astronomical calendar for knowing where the moon would set; by knowing this the day, crop cycle, and season could be determined. The points on the top and side of the head would say what season it would be depending on their alignment with the moon, which was very important in determining when the rainy season would come in the barren Atacama.
The Atacama Giant is one out of nearly 5,000 geoglyphs – ancient artwork that are drawn into the landscape – that have been discovered in the Atacama in the last three decades. Although geoglyphs have always been the subject of wild conjectures and bizarre theories, it is now widely believed that they are the work of several successive cultures that dwelt in this region of South America, including the Tiwanaku and Inca.
The stables at Explora Atacama
Valley of the Moon