Object Mythology Travel Stories: Condors in the Colca Canyon

One of the main highlights from our recent trip to Peru was our adventure to Cruz del Condor in the Colca Canyon to see the Andean Condor.  Located about three hours from Arequipa, Colca Canyon is approximately 4,160 meters high (13,000 feet above sea level) and was once considered the deepest canyon in the world.

We leave early in the morning to from Chivay and through the valley to the Mirador de los Andes which is the viewing  point to see the condors.  We stop on the side of the road to take in the views of the canyon and snap a few pics and were pleasantly surprised to see two condors – a young male and and older male not too far away.

The Andean Condor is one of the largest flying birds.  Its wings span 3 meters and one of these impressive creatures can weigh about 33 pounds. Other animals live in the valley such alpacas, llamas, sheep, cows and birds.

Located in the Colca Valley, we also had the opportunity to visit the towns for Chivay and Maca which were founded in Spanish Colonial times . The local people still maintain ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces. Throughout the region, you can see colorful pre-Incan agricultural terraces still used today for growing quinoa, habas and potatoes.

Thanks for checking our some of our highlights from our trip to Colca Canyon!  We have more on the way and if you haven’t done so yet, be sure to check out our previous travel stories from Peru:

 

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