I Can’t Stop Thinking About Those Condors in the Colca Canyon!

by admin on September 10, 2008

You know I’ve been saying here that the Colca Valley is one of the most scenic places to see in the country of Peru. Home to the Colca Canyon that has a depth of 13,100 feet from rim to riverbed, one of the deepest canyons in the world, the Valley is considered to be home of the Andean Condor.

It’s one thing to be told that the Andean Condor is the largest living bird on Earth, and it is an entirely different and amazing sight to see. The main lookout point is 4000 feet above the river below, and from this vantage point at the rim of the Canyon, you have the opportunity to look down on the birds while they are in flight. If you watch long enough you may get the surprise of your life, as some of the Condors have been known to fly just overhead of those spectators that are watching. Some of these amazing creatures have a wingspan of 10 feet and can weigh as much as 35 pounds. To see one floating on the thermal air that rises from the Canyon as it leaves in the morning in search of food is a sight that will take your breath away.

Forgive me for repeating myself: make sure that you visit the Colca Valley during your trip to Peru, you will not be disappointed.