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Chivay Market, - October 2011 Peru Photo Contest

by Steve Gunter
(Warminster, UK)

Chivay Market - Colca Canyon, Peru

Chivay Market - Colca Canyon, Peru

~ by Steve Gunter - Warminster, UK

This photo was taken at Chivay Market Peru.

It was taken at 12.30 on September 9th 2007 in good weather conditions.

We called at Chivay on our return from photographing condors at Colca Canyon a few miles away.

A Canon 350D with a Sigma 18-200mm lens was used for this photograph at the Chivay market.

Add info from Inside-Peru about Chivay:

Where: Chivay, Peru is the capital of the province of Caylloma (department of Arequipa).

It is a small town best known as a jumping-off spot for tours of the Colca Canyon.

However, Chivay does offer several other points of interest in town and nearby.

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Altitude: At an altitude of 12,000 feet, Chivay is high enough to affect breathing, especially those with respiratory problems. Visitors will need to spend at least a few hours at a lower elevation before heading for Chivay in order to acclimate to the altitude and see how they handle it. A bus ride usually gives your body enough time to adjust somewhat.

Surroundings: The area around Chivay geographically is mainly mountainous with gorges and valleys. The main livelihood of the area in the past was subsistence farming and livestock, including grazing llamas and other hardy species.

Prior to the latter part of the last century, the area around Chivay was pretty isolated from the outside world. Today, traditions are maintained and the old Inca terraces are still farmed.

  • The Chivay market, as shown in the contest photo above.
  • Thermal springs about 3 kilometers (2 miles) from town.
  • The main church in Chivay.
  • A very interesting Inca bridge near Chivay.

Attractions: The main attraction of Chivay is its location not far from the Colca Canyon. Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States, the Colca Canyon has become a primary site for viewing condors as well as offering river rafting and other tours.

Food: The best place to eat in Chivay is likely at the hotel you choose. The town offers a limited number of eating establishments.

Getting there: Take a bus from Arequipa, about 3-1/2 hours. A bus from Puno (Lake Titicaca) to Chivay is an option, 6 hours. Dress warmly.

Hotels in Chivay


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