After a few days in Arequipa, we saddled up another bus and headed about 5 hours to our point for starting down into the canyon, near the rim top village of Cabanaconde. The bus ride was great, as we rode across the Peruvian high Altiplano, passing farms and villages and llamas....lots and lots of llamas. The road crossed a pass at 4800 m / 15750 ft. This is some seriously inhospitable landscape.
|Sign reads¨"Bar Restaurant Touristico" Too bad it was closed...|
|Bus was standing room only!!|
|Making way for uphill traffic|
It was interesting during the hike down we met two young guys hiking up who said they were Roy's sons. Roy's wife told us later that the boys (ages 21 and 9) were heading back up the canyon to catch the night bus to Arequipa to get to school in time for an exam the next morning (Monday). These kids make the trip every week !!! Mom was really proud of them, can't blame her...
We spent a terrific night with Roy and his family before hitting the trail early the next morning.
|You never know where you'll see a television satellite dish!!!|
|Flowers were beautiful at the Oasis|
|Trail down from plateau on right to Oasis, before starting UP to left|
Next up...on to Bolivia for more adventures.....