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Cruz del C贸ndor - Birdwatching Colca Canyon - Peru

La Cruz del C贸ndor, or Chaglla, is a lofty lookout over the beautiful Colca Canyon, home to a relatively large population of Andean condors. Every morning, as the sun rises, it creates warm thermals which rise from the canyon floor. Without these, the heavy and ungainly condors cannot fly. So every morning they wait until 7-10 a.m., when there are enough thermals for them to leave their nests in the canyon walls and soar gracefully above the river in search of food.

The condors attract the tourists; the tourists attract the region鈥檚 other notorious scavengers: trinket and souvenir sellers that crowd the lookout, hawking postcards, t-shirts and piles of assorted junk. If it gets too much for you, wait until late afternoon when the condors head back to their nests. Else, head over to the Tapay lookout (10 min by vehicle), which although is in the flight path of fewer condors, also has fewer vendors.


42 kilometer / 26 miles west of Chivay

Cabanaconde, Colca Canyon, Peru


Getting There

The best way to get to Cruz del C贸ndor is to catch any bus running between Cabanaconde and Chivay and ask to be let off there. The overlook is about an hour and a half from Chivay.

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
01 Jun 2012

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