I was woken up to Juan Carlos calling out my name. It was 5:30 am, I had overslept. The group had started up the track while JC went looking for my room. I threw on a pair of pants, checked I had everything in my pack, made a quick pit stop at the bathroom then we were on our way.
I’m back in the mountains hiking the Colca Canyon for three leisurely days. Today I hiked four hours to a little village nestled in a valley with sheer cliffs on one side and green terraced farmland on the other.We started the morning with a 3am pickup then three hours in a mini bus from Arequipa to the Colca region and the world’s second deepest canyon (after the Grand Canyon in America) and the home of the world’s largest Condor which can be seen floating on the thermals rising up from the canyon as the sun heats up the rocks.
The Inca Trail trek was magical. 4 days hiking up and down breathtaking mountains and enjoying the company of not only the other guests in the group but also the guides and support crew.