Mirador del Condor
This is a great place to watch for Andean Condors. The best time is early in the morning. If you don't catch a Condor, the trip is not a waste as the views of the canyon at this location is amazing!\
BTW, is Condor watching consider a Safari? LOL!
This is often the first town on the Colca Canyon where most visitors stop. The main plaza is lovely and is sourounded by several restaurants and hotels. For those headed to Cusco, there is no need to backtrack to Arequipa for in here you can buy a direct ticket to Cusco.
This town marks the the end of the line for most visits to the Colca Canyon. There is a lovely church in the main plaza as well as several guesthouses in the area. I even lucked out and got to see a lovely festival for a local saint going on at the main plaza.
The road from Arequipa to Chivay pass through one of higgest part of the Andes. Beautiful views of the snowy mountains with some lakes and small towns.
La Reserva Nacional Salinas y Aguada Blanca, is a national park where it´s possible to see the rare and wild vicuña, and also herds of llamas and alpacas.
Near the canyon viewpoint, there´s a small handicrafts market, here one can see the beautiful local dress of the Chivay area.
El Mirador de la Cruz del Condor is the narrowest point of the canyon, and the best place to see the incredible depth of it (3,191 mts).
These viewpoint is visited by most of the tourist, so is very crowded, but is a great place to see the depth of the canyon, and the best place to see the condors.
The road from Chivay to Colca Canyon’s Cruz del Condor offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Peru. The ancient terracing and soaring Andean Condors are as humbling as they are breathtaking.
There are also some fun tunnels you get to go through. There is one you should try to hold your breath in. I tried pretty hard but I couldn't make it. As if I wasn't already oxygen deprived....
Here is Colca Canyon. It catches my interest for a little while, but after waiting for the condors to come, I get bored.
At the highest point on the road, people stack rocks and make a wish. (Take a look behind the llamas).
with a mini bus on the road to Colca, more than 5000 m of altitude.
The roads are not harded everywhere.
It's so impressive how these birds fly through the sky. They are so big and have
such a huge wingspan - breathtaking!"
Take your time, sit down and relax when these beautiful birds float past you. Their wings find the raising winds coming from the Canyon. The Condor is indeed the ruler of the Andes.