The Colca Canyon Trek: A Complete Guide and What to Expect

Sunrise at Colca Canyon

One of the most popular tours from Arequipa is the Colca Canyon trek.  The Colca Canyon hike can be done quite easily unguided or guided with a tour group.  It’s quite popular to visit as a day trip, a 2 day tour, or a 3 day trek.  The Colca Canyon in Peru is a beautiful natural wonder that needs to be on your bucket list and this post is a complete guide with everything you need to know about trekking the Colca Canyon from Arequipa.  Read on for more information!

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RTW Update : The Ups and Downs of Trekking in Turkey and Nepal

lycian way lighthouse

When we last left off, we had spent a couple of days stuffing ourselves with Turkish breakfasts, baklava, and döner in Istanbul before heading to Fethiye to finish gearing up for our trek along the Lycian Way. Following a couple of days in the pretty coastal city, we set off for our attempt to hike the full 540km trail along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.

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Gifts for Hikers (That they’re sure to love!)

Summit of Misti Volcano

Whether you’re looking for gifts for Christmas or a Birthday we have some ideas for the best gifts for hikers.  No matter whether you’re looking for a unique hiking gift, a gift for casual hikers, hiking gifts for her, or hiking gifts for him we’ve got some ideas for that outdoorsy person on your list.

We love spending our free time hiking, trekking, and camping in the great outdoors and the mountains so we figured we’d put together a list of the best gifts for hikers. These are things we love and if your loved one is like us we’ve got you covered with some great gift ideas!

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Hiking in Bolivia: The Cordillera Real to Huayna Potosi

Trekking in the Cordillera Real

Bolivia’s Cordillera Real (or royal range) is an unrivalled destination for trekking in South America and exploring this mountain range is one of the best things to do in Bolivia.  We spent 8 days hiking in Bolivia and finished our trek by climbing Huayna Potosi

The 125km Andean mountain range rises to the southeast of Lake Titicaca and some of its glaciated peaks can be seen from Bolivia’s exciting capital La Paz. If you’re looking for some high altitude fun without the crowds seen in other parts of South America, the Cordillera Real are for you.

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RTW Update No.3 – All About Peru

Zentravellers at Machu Picchu

After an incredible 3.5 weeks in summer all the time Puerto Rico, and an awe-inspiring month in Ecuador that culminated with a blissful trip to the Galapagos Islands, it was time to move onto Peru. There we traded sandals and wetsuits for warm jackets and hiking boots. Indeed, we spent most of our time in Peru either hiking or recovering from hiking. We climbed to over 5100m in the wild and rugged Cordillera Blanca, moved through the ice-capped Salkantay Pass to reach the incomparable Machu Picchu, and walked down into one of the deepest canyons in the world. We also spent 2 weeks learning Spanish in the White City of Arequipa and sampled many delicious craft beers around the country.

In total, we spent almost 2 months in Peru and still are finding reasons to go back, despite spending half of our time there in less than perfect health…more on that later. But for now, Peru inspired us with its landscapes, delighted us with its tasty food and drink, and provided us with a glimpse into its rich history and culture.

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