The theme for Day 10 of the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project* is Earth.
At what point in your travels have you felt most in tune with the Earth? Share a story of how you interacted with the local environment or nature.
I will let my pictures do most of the talking for this post, but the time I felt must in tune with the Earth was while hiking the Colca Canyon in Peru two years ago. Every step of the way (although I was often terrified), I couldn’t help bu marvel at my surroundings – the second deepest canyon in the world, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon (which I shamefully admit to not visiting yet).
The Colca Canyon isn’t what many would picture as a canyon – there is no steep drop off with a glass platform where you can star down into an abyss. Rather, it is a never-ending valley with colored stone walls, sporadic greenery and a river running over jagged rocks at the bottom.
While hiking over three days, I was also brought back to a much simpler way of life, staying in a wood huts with dirt floors at the bottom of the canyon and eating simple meals cooked over an open fire. I fell asleep to the sounds of goats conversing, cats meowing and bugs buzzing around my head and awoke when the sun rose and to the call of the rooster, just next door to me.
*Throughout the month of November, BootsnAll is inviting bloggers from around the world to join them in a daily blogging effort – the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project – designed to reflect on how our travel experiences over the last year – or whenever – have shaped us and our view of the world. Bloggers can follow the prompts as strictly or loosely as they like, interpreting them in various ways and responding via text, photos or video posted on their own blogs.
5 thoughts on “30 Days of Indie Travel Project: Earth”
Love these pictures, and your story. Thanks so much for sharing. I have to make it here some day soon.
Katie, did you go with a company to trek this canyon? It looks amazing and I want to do it!
Kim – we went with a guide booked through a company, but you definitely don’t need to book ahead of time. The main drag in Arequipa has several companies that sell “tours” – we just asked at a couple the day before we wanted to leave until we found one that we liked. I think it was about $50 or $60 per person for a 3 day, 2 night hike, everything included.
I’m loving the topics on the 30 Days project but just have no time to blog them – might use them somehow though! I love this Earth post and had never heard about this canyon before, but it looks magnificent. (I’m curious about which is the deepest canyon in the world if this is the second deepest? – Wikipedia here i come!)
Yeah, it hasn’t been easy to keep up (especially when I throw in 62 hour train rides with no internet access!) but it’s been fun.
The deepest canyon (from what I’ve been told) is another canyon in Peru, not too far from the Colca Canyon.
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