Travel journalist and fellow nomad Paul Rubio guest-blogs this week on Worldview, sharing some of his favorite places on the planet. Every day will feature a new destination … Enjoy! —Daphne Nikolopoulos
The Journey to Colca Canyon, Peru – Long overshadowed by its counterpart in Arizona, southern Peru’s Colca Canyon is actually twice as deep as Grand Canyon. New roads have shortened the journey to a mere 3 1/2 hours from the southern city of Arequipa, but it’s likely that you will hope this road trip never ends. Along your journey, packs of alpacas and vicuñas (daintier cousins of llamas) watch you warily as you climb from 8,000 to 15,000 feet. Tiers of craggy mountains and verdant valleys feel like the far corners of the earth. Indigenous peoples, who have long called these sacred lands home, offer handicrafts on random precipices, fascinating visitors with their warm smiles and colorful garments. On the edge of the canyon itself, the boutique-style Las Casitas del Colca is a spiritually enriching, aesthetically inspiring resort. Nearby, guests can watch the flight of the condor, as the enormous, 12-foot wing spanned beasts descend and glide across the canyon.