The good news, the altitude sickness lasted approximately an hour once I downed a couple of litres of water and some altitude sickness pills. I was then able to appreciate the magnificent views and scenery that lived within the Colca Canyon. Deemed to be 1km from the highest cliff edge to the bottom of the river, the Colca Canyon is a must see for all. Despite it being one of the most popular landmarks to visit among tourists, the Colca Canyon is still home to many traditional Peruvian villages. I couldn’t decide whether it was the engulfing rigid mountains that surrounded me, or the fact that this place wouldn’t be complete without the herds of llamas, locals dressed in traditional clothing, and the smell of home cooked street food.
The Colca Canyon is not only the home of the Peruvian locals, but it also stole a little bit of my own heart. We stayed at the very quaint, homely and comfortable B&B, Miskiwasi. If I was to recommend any place to stay close to the Colca Canyon, it would be this place. Warm yellows and oranges plastered on the wall, cloud like bedding that cured my altitude sickness just perfectly, and spectacular views that overlooked the valley, only made this place one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. When I thought the ‘home away from home’ could get any better, we were complemented with a full Peruvian home cooked buffet…. droooooooolllll.