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Photo of the Day: Colca Canyon Peru

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Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru. It is located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Arequipa. It is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States at 4,160 m. However, the canyon’s walls are not as vertical as those of the Grand Canyon. The Colca Valley is a colorful Andean valley with towns founded in Spanish Colonial times and formerly inhabited by the Collaguas and the Cabanas. The local people still maintain ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces. – Wikipedia

Trekking in Arequipa

Colca Canyon Near Arequipa, Peru

Photo of the Day: Grand Canyon Arizona USA

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In commemoration of the 4th of July, today’s Photo of the Day is of an American natural wonder, The Grand Canyon.  Happy 4th of July to all our friends and family back home.

Tours in America's West

View Of Grand Canyon

Photo of the Day: View From Cruz del Condor

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Cruz del Condor or The Condor’s Cross is a popular view point of the Colca Canyon, which is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. If they are lucky, visitors can observe many condors flying over their heads from this view point. Colca Canyon is found near Arequipa, Peru where most tours to the canyon leave from.

Colca Canyon

View From Cruz del Condor, Colca Canyon

Photo of the Day: A Peruvian Boy And His Puppy

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This photos was taken near Cruz del Condor overlooking Colca Canyon near Arequipa, Peru. This little boy was very excited about his new puppy. He was struggling to keep a tight hold on the puppy but with a big smile on his face. With his parents permission I snapped this shot of him.

Indigenous Boy

A Peruvian Boy Holding His Puppy

Photo of the Day: The Mule is Mans Best Friend in Colca Canyon

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Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru.  It is located about 100 miles northwest of Arequipa.  The canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States at 4,160 m.  However, the canyons walls are not as vertical as those of the Grand Canyon.  When we finished our 2-day trek in the canyon we were sitting on the side of a gravel road waiting to catch a bus back to Arequipa.  Many local farmers and herders traveled this road which connected them to the local villages.  It’s often surprising for us to see such elderly workers in South America.  It’s the traditional lifestyle of working your farm until you die.   This old man was guiding his packed mule up a long road.  It would be interesting to know how long his travels were.   I have no doubt that it could have been an all day trip.

Mules Working in Peru

Elderly Man Pulling His Mule After A Hard Day Of Working In The Colca Canyon

Photo of the Day: Climbing Rocks in Grand Canyon National Park

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The Grand Canyon was our first trip together. This was a 5 day camping trip where we hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It still is one of our most memorable trips. We booked our trip through Grand Canyon Field Institute, which we highly recommend. In this picture Jason is sitting at the top of a rock absorbing the glowing red scenery.

Rock Climbing in Arizona

Jason at the Grand Canyon

Backpacking the Grand Canyon

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Backpacking Classmates

Backpacking Classmates

We were looking for a challenging outdoor adventure, but we knew we didn’t exactly have the experience to do it safely on our own. Once we decided on our destination, the Grand Canyon, we began researching guided hikes and camping.  The Grand Canyon is a World Heritage Site which encompasses 1,218,375 acres and lies on the Colorado Plateau in northwestern Arizona.  Our goal was to experience the Canyon to the fullest; that can only be done by hiking to the very bottom.
The park offers a variety of choices to experience the inside of the Canyon; guided tours, mule trips, river trips, hiking and camping.  If you are interested in backpacking and camping on your own you must acquire a backcountry permit.  The permits are very challenging to obtain due to the volume of requests, but the organizations conducting the guided hikes all have access to those permits.  Our research led us to the Grand Canyon Field Institute, a program of the Grand Canyon Association (GCA), which focuses on educating park visitors about the cultural and natural history of the Grand Canyon.  The classes specialize in various topics such as cultural education, photography, wilderness, women, family classes and much more.  The term class is used to emphasize education, but this is unlike any class you have taken before.  There is a class for everyone; from beginner backpackers to experienced outdoor enthusiasts.  The institute was easily accessible via phone and email, and was very courteous while assisting us to choose the class that was best suited for us.  We decided on Introductory Backpacking: Colorado River.  It was exactly what we were looking for; adventurous, educational, and challenging. (more…)

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