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Review of Condor's Cross

Condor's Cross
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2-Day Custom Colca Canyon Trek from Arequipa
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This is where most people end up when visiting Colca Canyon, hence can be busy and touristy. The view from Condor's Cross is fantastic, however there are also a lot more less crowded lookouts and vantage points along the way.

On the day we went, there were words of travellers waiting for the condors to arrive. They didn't. We were lucky enough to have a well informed and connected guide, who made a few calls and found us another location where we managed to see 6 condors perching (and then taking off and flying) from approximately 20 metres away. Wow!!!

Tip 1: Take a short walk down one of the paths to get away from the clouds.

Tip 2: If you haven't acclimatised, make sure you take things easy. You can run short of breath very quickly.

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Reviewed 20 February 2018

This canon the very tip of which we visited to see condors, is deeper at its far end than the Grand Canyon but reaching this bit is a long and arduous hike. The more touristy bit we visited is as you would expect, steep, rocky with a river tinkling away in the bottom of the valley. It is empty, remote and spectacular with mountain peaks in the background. When we were there it was quite busy as it is a popular spot for condor viewing and the tour buses congregate there. That’s said it was all quite manageable. We were very lucky and saw condor by the bucket load. High, swooping low, three young perching on a branch sticking out over the canyon. Periodically one would glide by over the crowds, for all the world looking like a deliberate fly-by arranged by the tourist ministry. But we spoke with others who had been there the day before and saw only one condor in the distance. We were lucky, that’s wildlife for you. While worth the time and money to go there.

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Reviewed 19 November 2017

The hint is in the name and though people go there and don't get any sightings we were fortunate and managed to see a couple of the giant birds in their natural habitat.

Believe me it beats watching paint dry or waiting for pandas to breath in Chengdu!

Thank Jeff E
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

condor cross and colca canyon and valley is an amazing sight seeing the condors is well worth it but just for the views in themselves this excursion is well worth it I would recommend

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Reviewed 16 November 2017

We visited Cruz del Condor, I believe, in the best possible conditions.
Our tour started very early in Chivay; then we made some stops along the way, at the sights in the villages of Yanque and Maca, but also to get to the mirador at the most advantageous time to observe flying condors.
Our guide explained that our visit in July (which in Southern emisphere is equivalent to the deep winter) was well-chosen, as the Austral summer is less cold; but here is also the rainy season,.
And rains at this altitude (the Mirador is almost 3300 mts., the bottom of the canyon is about 2100 mts.) are in the form of snow. So, somewhat paradoxically, the snow in the Canyon falls in "summer" and not in winter.
In snow time, therefore, condors can not get food, so they migrate on the coast, competing for their preys with vultures and other birds. But in July they are all here.
In fact our sightings were very numerous. I calculate that we had at least thirty condors at close range within about half an hour.
The place is crowded with tourists, so it's the worst condition you may imagine for those who love loneliness. But there are the condors, also. And the excitement of seeing the majestic flight of these birds, which on the Mirador come from everywhere (from below, from above, on your side) overcomes all side problems.

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