Condors and Llamas in the Colca Valley
Trip Start Nov 29, 2008
38Trip End May 08, 2009
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The next day after a nice long nights sleep we headed of on our tour of the Colca Canyon. It was really good value for money at $20 for a two day tour including the nights accommodation and an amazing guide for the whole time. The whole trip was brilliant! We were in a group of 16 people from various countries in a little bus. We basically slowly traveled to Chivay in the Colca Valley with lots of stops for beautiful view points along the way. We saw lots of llamas, vicuņas, alpacas, volcanos and one condor. This was all very exciting and we took a lot of photos, we have TRIED to only upload the best, this does however seem to still amount to about 140 photos....
We had an interesting night as SOMEHOW we managed to lock our bathroom door from the inside...all was well again when we got the girl to open it when she came for our 5am wake up call. We then headed pretty much straight for the Condor view point which is a view point which looks out over the Colca Canyon, which is apparently the deepest canyon in the world (I think this is subject to debate) but whether the deepest or not it was a really impressive view and a very dramatic looking canyon. In this canyon and the area around it there is thought to be around 50 condors but they can only be seen occasionally. I think that the dancing massage did the trick as we were so so lucky and saw LOADS of condors.
A lot of them were really close to us as well. It was absolutely incredible. They are huge! We must have seen about 11 in total, sometimes 5 at once were just flying around us. We stayed at this point for about an hour and a half just gawping in amazement at these fantastic birds floating around the equally impressive canyon. The condors are around 3 meters by 1.5. We also saw a brown eagle which was about 1.5 meters long which clearly paled in comparison to the amazing condors.
We stopped at other various view points and towns in the Valley which were all incredibly stunning. In a town called Maca we tried some of the fruits that are only found in the Valley and we also came across a random man with a eagle which we held! Very exciting!
There are a lot of random and very interesting facts which I (Jill) cannot remember that we were told throughout our tour. Hopefully Heather will remember them and add some in later.
Where I stayed
Hostal Santa Carolina