The second day we woke up at 5am to hike the last 5km of the trek. 5km sounds easy right? WRONG! We weren’t fed breakfast before starting the hike, so we didn’t have a whole lot of fuel to keep us going for the three hours up the mountain. Second of all, those 5km were entirely uphill. There were next to no breaks where the ground levelled off.
Because of the altitude a lot of our tour group got altitude sickness and had to take medication for dizziness and nausea. Luckily that wasn’t me, but Mike was feeling it. The trek was definitely not easy for people who weren’t physically fit. I struggled a bit, and I actively work out four to five days a week! On the bright side, because we started so early the hike was almost entirely in the shade.
Regardless of the difficulty I felt like such a Champion when I reached the top, dusty and worn out.
*I also should let you know that there IS another option for day two. I didn’t take this option so I don’t have a lot to say about it, but you can pay for a mule to carry you up the mountain on day two. Lots of our tour group did this, but I wanted the satisfaction of hiking the Colca Canyon.
After reaching the top of the canyon we were shepherded off towards breakfast in the town. It actually included eggs this time! After breakfast we went to a natural mineral hot spring. After a long and arduous two days the hot springs were absolutely necessary. There were several pools which progressed from lukewarm to scalding hot.
Words can’t even describe how rewarding the hot springs felt, my leg muscles were killing me on day two! All good things must come to an end though. After about two hours we headed back towards Arequipa.
Was it Worth it?
Although the “inclusions” of the tour could have been a lot better, I’m still incredibly proud of myself for completing the hike. It wasn’t easy at times but it was such a personal growth experience finally reaching the top! It was also a great team building experience and we felt a lot closer to our group and each other afterwards. The hot springs really added to the value of the tour as well. We had to pay an extra 15 sol, or $6CAD for the hot springs.
Have you Hiked Colca Canyon?
Thanks for reading! Next week’s travel post will be our adventures in and around Arequipa! I have two or three posts left in my Peru series, I’m looking forward to sharing them with you ❤