Meeting the giant condors of peru!

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
Trip End Jun 19, 2013

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Flag of Peru  , Cuzco Region,
Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Cochawasi Animal Sanctuary.
On our way to Pisac we decided to stop off at an animal rescue centre that had been recommended by a dutch couple we met at Machu Picchu. We got shown around by the manager who spoke really good english and she told us about each animal. There were different kinds of birds; parakeets, falcons, stalks, a guinea fowl and the impressive condor. Some had been pets whilst others were rescued from the wild. Many have broken wings and will never fly again so they will never leave the sanctuary. There was a parakeet that was someones pet that arrived completely bald and also a pair of deers that had been there a few years after their mother had been killed. As they have been reared by humans they can never release them into the wild. There was also a pair of female pumas that had been taken from a nightclub in Lima. They were drugging them so people could have photos and has now caused both to have serious health problems and cannot reproduce. Its really sad but all the animals seem well cared for. They have 3 condors aged 3, 10 and 60. We got to have our photos with them which was a little scary as they are HUGE. (hopefully we will upload the pic soon) Instead of making a donation we purchased a beautiful baby llama wall hanging.

We stopped over the night in this small village to check out the ruins the next day. Theres not much to do here especially as we've already seen the market, thousands of stalls all selling the same stuff. We found a nice guesthouse on the plaza and a restaurant selling yummy empanadas. The following morning we took a taxi up to the Pisac ruins, high up on top of a mountain and then tried our best to dodge all the millions of other tourists in tour groups. Again these Inca ruins are another beautiful site in great condition overlooking some great views. After exploring we decided to walk down for a couple of hours in the nice sunshine. Thankfully a nice old woman was at the bottom to greet us with some fresh orange juice!
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katclassy on

Hi Mark and Jade.,..I really enjoy your blog, it kind of inspired me to really get mine up and running...continue on your adventures...I love reading about them.

I am from Ottawa, Canada.

Take care and happy travels - and a belated birthday wishes to you.

Cheers -eh- :-)

markandjade on

Thanks for the kind words, glad you enjoy reading it. Where abouts have/thinking of traveling? Jade and Mark.

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