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Sighting condors in the Colca Canyon

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We leave at night from Cuzco in the direction of Colca Canyon. It is an impressive canyon that measures twice the famous Colorado canyon and where a large number of condors can be sighted.


It looked like a chase out of some action movie. We cross the streets of Cuzco bypassing cars and motorcycles until we found the coach. When crossing it we show the ticket through the window and we indicate that it will be parked. We had almost reached the highway. Fortunately it stopped and we got on the coach with our heart still pumping from the overturn it had taken.

At four in the morning we arrive at Callalli Bridge. It is 4,200 meters high and the temperature was approximately 10 degrees below zero. Fortunately there was an open place where we took shelter, put on clothes and took a couple of warmths with aniseed (a kind of carajillo but with tea instead of coffee) We got in great.

After an hour the bus arrived that left us in Chivay. My icy hands were glad to see it and for 5 suns we climbed a hill together over 4,800 meters with views of peaks and arid valleys around us.

In the same terminal in Chivay we took another bus that left us at the Cruz del Condor In an hour and a half. It was 9 in the morning and, they say, the ideal time to spot condors on their morning flight in search of carrion to feed their young.

He Colca Valley It was considered the deepest canyon in the world until its neighbor Cotahuasi was measured.

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