Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Colca Canyon


Outside of Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru (after Lima, a coastal monster at 8 million), is the deepest canyon in the world. It drops 10,000 feet from the snowy Andes to a deep gorge. We went. See photo of us in front of the tallest mountain I've ever seen (Ampato is 21,000 feet). We're standing - roadside, just off the tour bus - at 16,500. So that's a mile higher than the summit of Mt. Hood right there on the asphalt (well, it's gravel).

Very fun. All well. P

1 comment:

John B. said...

Cool! Now when you are flying along and the captain says you are passing through 16,000 feet you will have some idea of what that is like.
I hope you did not try to run around much.
There are some interesting items about deepest canyon on wikipedia.

John

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