Day 2 with Colca Trek. Up and at em early in the AM! We thought we were so early but when we came into the dining area everyone was already there. Breakfast was good. Juice, eggs, bread, oatmeal, fruit and cafe. Colca definitely knows how to feed its’ tour friends. :)
We packed up and were ready to see the condors. I didn’t really expect much. I mean I already saw them at the animal sanctuary. We stopped at one overview and there were people already there. We waited a couple minutes and Sabino quietly guided us back to the bus where Miguel drove us to another area where no other tourists were. I have to say... we saw the condors and they were beautiful. Really amazing watching them fly over our heads in and out of the canyon. We were lucky to see them Lucky we an awesome tour guide like Sabino.
After the condors we made our way to the bike zone. I don’t know why but I was scared of the downhill biking. It was fast. If one would hit a pothole or a rock one would definitely go flying! I just held my rear brake a little through the whole time making sure I was going at a pace that felt good to me. The hardest was the mile uphill. The combination of the altitude and energy exertion really made your lungs burn. I was proud of myself. I made it! Who cares if I was going at a biking pace of a fast walker. I still made it. lol Look at that victorious photo is me. That photo says it was a piece os cake. My lungs and legs said otherwise.
After the evil kanevil bone riding we took a little walk do see the deep part of the canyon. Sabino took a photo of our group and then we made our way back and onward to lunch.
Seriously, let me give a shoutout to the lunch places Colca provides us with. They were sooooo good! I mean, really for a buffet they were quite excellent. I also loved how Sabino would go over what each dish was so we knew before taking it. On the Machu Picchu tour I took what I thought was vegetables... let me just say... it was not vegetables... I was so stuffed at both of the buffets. They were very,very good. Kudos to you Colca Trek.
After lunch it was back to the hotel to change into our bathing suites and go to the hot springs. The hot springs is a bit weird to me. I’ll have to read more about it but it seemed much touristy. Anyway, if felf good fo dip in. The water was definitely hot! A nice end activity for an otherwise long trip. I liked how Colca took us to a hot spring where again no other tourists were.
On the way to the breaking point where some would go to Puno and others would go to Arequipa we listened to Sabino’s music mix. There was just something about that moment... to steal from John Hughes... just some kind of wonderful. I will remember that moment.
You can read my Colca Trek review here: Colca Trek Trip Advisor Review