Flight of the Condor

Trip Start Dec 08, 2004
Trip End Dec 07, 2005

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Friday, July 29, 2005

After a few days chilling out in the gorgeous town of Arequipa we decided to get on with the show and go to the Colca Canyon.

The Colca Canyon is the second deepest in the world, thought to be twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA and the home of the Andean Condor. There was a famous BBC TV series filmed here in the 80s, by David Attenborough, Flight of the Condor

There are a load of organised magical tours on offer in Arequipa, but we decided we could do it much cheaper and easier by ourselves. Plus hiking up and down the canyon at 3AM in the morning along with hundreds of other gringos in a race to get to the top to get on a bus that WOULD leave without you didn't sound that magical.

So we did our own hike, through the incredible inca terraced landscape of the Canyon from Chivay to a tiny village of Yanque. I don't think many people do this, the farmers were really suprised to see us, as we walked there were cries of "DOS GRINGOS" echoing around the valley.

We stayed the night in a family house / hostal and then made our own way at first light to the Cruz del Condor.

We got there to see the first flight of the condors before ther hoards of tour buses arrived. It was freezing cold but definately worth the early start!

These birds have a wing span of up to 3 meters and when one flies directly over your head its a humbling experience. The sound of the wind in their feathers was magical, a memory we will hold onto for ever!!!!
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