Colca Canyon: the best place to see Condors in Peru
For all you nature lovers out there, traveling to Peru can be the trip of a lifetime. Peru is filled with wonderful mountains and dense Amazon Jungle filled with more exotic plant life than you could ever imagine. Any Adventure to Peru, would not be complete without a visit to Colca Canyon which is without a doubt, the best place to see in Condors Peru.
Part of the Spectacular treasures of Peru; the Colca Canyon is a must see on your next vacation to Peru. The canyon is 13650 ft. deep and is the second deepest canyon in the world. Most people who travel to the canyon set out from the Southern Peruvian city of Arequipa. Arequipa is without a doubt one of the nicest cities in Peru, both climate and city wise. The colonial city is built from white volcanic rock, giving it the name ‘the white city’ and it is surrounded by three volcanoes with El Misti still active.
Travel out of Arequipa and past the volcanos to the town of Chivay, and in this quaint little town, you can enjoy the wonderful hot springs at La Calera, soaking away your travel pains whilst enjoying the hot springs overlooking an amazing views of the Andes Mountains. The journey to Chivay will take around six hours to complete passing some spectacular scenery on the way, so make sure you’re camera ready.
Travel from Chivay to the Colca Canyon will take an hour and the Colca Canyon is unlike any other canyon you will ever visit. The canyon is fertile and inhabited, with pre Columbian terracing and traditional Andean villages, some villages date back two thousand years and the ancient peoples who built the villages also built irrigation systems in the terraces which collects water from the snowfall. At the canyon, you will see Sabancaya Volcano, standing at 19600 feet above the canyon it is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the Americas.
At the canyon there are quite a few treks that are available, guiding tourists down into the deepest parts of the Canyon. During a visit at Colca Canyon, you will have the option of staying overnight at one of the many villages surrounding the canyon. If you take a short walk down to River Colca, you will see the quaint village of Cabanaconde, we highly suggest you stay here.
One of the best views of the Canyon can be seen from the Cruz del Condor Mirador. From here, you will have access to some of the best views of Colca Canyon, and see the wonderful Andean Condor; native to South America, the bird resides within the canyon. A relative of the vulture, the condor is not a very attractive looking bird up close, but when taking flight, the bird is quite majestic as it gracefully soars the thermal drafts created in the canyon with its wing span of 10.5 ft. For a once in a lifetime experience and an opportunity to see the condor, visit Colca Canyon during the dry months of May to December and make sure to take your camera, as the birds are not camera shy and do come very close.
It is also worth visiting the Canyon during rain season, as the surrounding jungle and plant life is very lush and green and with astounding flowers in full bloom.
The best time to travel to Peru month to month depends on your vacation time and when you are able to travel. Regardless of when you choose to visit Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, you will be able to observe and immerse yourself in some of the most beautiful scenery, native animals, monuments and ruins in the world that will surely provide you with trip worth a lifetime of memories. So do not miss out on the Colca Canyon as part of your Peru adventure!
Peru Ballestas Islands
While you are in Peru, there are many other areas of interest that we are yet to mention. Lima; the capital of Peru, has undergone a change of reputation and is now is a great place to spend a few days. In recent years, the city has undergone a food revolution, and is now considered one of the greatest food destinations in the world. Also worth a visit, is the Peru Ballestas Islands and the Nazca Lines, where you will be able to discover the mysteries of the Nazca Lines and take a flight over the lines to see the different drawing and etchings. Of course, you cannot visit Peru and not see the city of Cusco and all the Inca history this beautiful city has to offer. Travel out of Cusco and visit the Sacred Valley of the Inca, to see some of the best natural beauty in South America. Not far from the Sacred Valley is the world famous Machu Picchu. A visit to the Inca Citadel will stay with you forever.
The Peruvian jungle is not to be missed and there are many luxury lodges to pass a few days, should you have the time. There are two main regions of jungle to visit in Peru, both featuring different attractions and activities for everyone to enjoy. In the north of Peru, you will find Iquitos where you can take a luxury river cruise and not far from Cusco is the city of Puerto Maldonado; the starting point of your jungle adventure.
Peru is a diverse and beautiful place with so much to offer. So stop stalling and book your flights now!
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