So an early start to get to the canyon that is about 3h away from Arequipa. We actually did this whole tour in the minibus as we had decided the day before that the three day hiking tour that we really wanted to do, took too many days in our 'tight' schedule and was possibly too demanding in our half-weak states (by this time we had been going around with upset stomachs for about a week and were still not as used to it as we would be in the weeks to follow) just a couple of days before doing the jungle trail to Machu Picchu.
These terraces were started in the pre-Inka period, much augmented during the Inkas when parts of the army were stationed in the region and for some reason helped construct the terraces. The interesting thing is that they are still being used and that even more have been constructed since the fall of the Inkas - albeit in a much slower tempo.
On the way back, Nuno and I walked around the small city of Chivay while the rest of the group were having lunch. We had enjoyed some fresh trout from the river a bit earlier, and hence strolled around the market and tried some 'tuna' for the first time.