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Tall Tales from Colca Canyon, Peru: Global Test Photo Essay
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Daniel Paladino
(dtpaladino) - F - MLife

Locale: Northern Rockies
Tall Tales from Colca Canyon, Peru: Global Test Photo Essay on 04/26/2011 12:38:59 MDT Print View

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Tall Tales from Colca Canyon, Peru: Global Test Photo Essay

Kathy A Handyside
(earlymusicus) - M

Locale: Southeastern Michigan
Tall Tales from Colca Canyon, Peru on 04/26/2011 20:40:15 MDT Print View

Beautiful photos. What an amazing trip that must have been! How I wish I could afford to do something like that, but I'm unemployed with no hopes of a job and so the only "travel" I can do is via articles like this. Thank you for sharing and helping to relieve my empty existence a little bit.

Scott Ireland
(WinterWarlock) - MLife

Locale: Western NY
Headed to Peru in June... on 04/27/2011 11:12:00 MDT Print View

Thank you for your beautiful photo essay...where did you start to get here? Any tips on logistics would be awesome...

Kevin Hanks
(kevin.h56) - F
Re: Headed to Peru in June... on 04/30/2011 18:05:56 MDT Print View

Hey
Scott the logistics are fairly effortless. One can take an organised tour from the Peruvian city of Arequipa, however it's more fun and a little cheaper to do it solo. You take a local bus from Arequipa to a town around 40mins away from there the journey is interesting as you take a second bus for maybe around 2hours, but it's a fight to get a seat on the bus (no seats left, no problem sit on the floor! on and plays a hilarious and interesting ride.

When the 2 hour bus ride is over you spend the night in a small village type place at the top of the Canyon. The following day you fill up with supplies and head down.

At the bottom of the canyon accommodation is readily available for maybe no more than 4/5USD per night. In addition, the hostel down there put on dinner for around another 5USD.

If you decide to take the solo route then while you're at the bottom of the canyon 'grease up' a tour leader as he pull the shoots for a minibus ride back to Arequipa via a natural thermal spring and restaurant. The tour leader will charge probably a dollar or so more than going solo. And plus you'll get to meet people on the bus etc

Any question just ask.

Kind regards

Kevin @Kevinhanks1

Tom J. Hart
(harttj) - MLife
Kit List on 05/01/2011 18:08:30 MDT Print View

Pack seems to be interesting. As well as the shelter, you shoes, water bottle etc. Any chance at a kit list and names of the companies that make them?

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Kit List on 05/01/2011 18:23:39 MDT Print View

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/global_test_gear_list_part_1.html

Danny Milks
(dannymilks) - MLife

Locale: Sierras
Re: Re: Kit List on 05/17/2011 01:13:18 MDT Print View

Anna - thank you for posting the link to our first article, which shows our initial gear list.

Tom - Our follow-up article in the Global Test Series was just published.The final kit list is included, in addition to notes on performance, more photos and a map of highlights from Central and South America.

The Global Test Part II: Evaluating System Efficiency for a Round-the-World Journey