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Aug 10, 2013 - Condor Cross

We left Chivay and headed to Condor Cross to see the condors soar through the Valley. We were very lucky because many people go there and don't see anything. The condors are heavy so they need a high perch and a strong wind to take flight. We left there and headed for Puno for the next 3 days.

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May 22, 2012 - Condor Canyon - 3635m - 5000m

A short drive took us to a another tourist village this time Chivay where one can visit Colca Canyon the home to a Condor colony. So a very early start and a two hour drive along the Colca River - a road that has only been in existence for about 30 years . So the villages in the valley are still pretty primitive. But with tourism comes roadside shops and at the Canyon lots of tourist tat for sale. We arrived early enough to get front fence seats and were rewarded with about a dozen Condors coming up from there nests to go hunting we had a...

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May 21, 2012 - Arequipa To The Colca Canyon

We spent a couple of hours exploring the pedestrian mall near the main plaza in Arequipa. It is a really pretty city full of Spanish colonial buildings built with the white rock from the nearby mountains. After a quick look around, we were picked up by Julio, our driver for the next couple of days. We drove past the perfectly cone-shaped volcano, El Misti and through a high altitude national park that is a protected area for Vicunas, another bizarre looking animal related to Alpaca and Llamas. Wool from Vicuna is even nicer than Alpaca but...

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May 14, 2012 - Il volo del condor

Il condor si leva dal canyon, dispiega le sue ali, sfrutta la corrente d’aria e sale alto in cielo. Si mostra in tutta la sua incredibile bellezza ed eleganza. La sua apertura alare raggiunge i 3 metri, facendone il secondo uccello più grande al mondo. Le sue piume ci fanno scoprire la sua età, marroni se è giovane, sempre più nere se supera l’età adulta, dai 10 anni in poi. Il suo collo piumoso ci dice se è maschio o femmina, i suoi occhi sono vigili e decisi. Vola alto, veloce, imprendibile, poi si ributta sotto e si riconosce ancora, a...

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My Big Trip

Nov 16, 2011 - Exploring Colca Canyon

THE ANDEAN CONDOR Early start! Up at 5 am. We are off by 6 am to explore the Colca Canyon. The mountains outside our hotel were whiter on the tops this morning because it snowed overnight. As we drove along the top of the canyon we saw hundreds of terraes that are 2,000 years old. They were created by the Collagua and Cabana people. They were built to control irrigation and erosion and in order to grow crops. Today communites living in the valley use these rerrace for cultivation. The road we were driving along had been damaged by the...

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Nov 15, 2011 - Off to the Colca Canyon area

WE ARE OFF TO HIGHER ELEVATION: THE COLCA CANYON AREA We are back on the road at 7 am. We saw the other side of the 3 volcanoes and much closer. Misti means the Lord. Pichu Pichu means 2 peaks. Chachani means white dress, due to the snow covered peaks. These volcanoes have less glaciers on their peaks due to global warming. All the Peruvian people are considered the children of the mountains. We passed a few schools. Education is not free at any level. Even poor people are expected to pay. As a result, many poor children do not get...

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Nov 7, 2011 - Chivay

Nov 7 Chivay Left Arequipa in the morning to go to a small town called Chivay in the valley of the Andes mountains within the ring of fire which is an area full of volcanoes. On the way there we stopped at the highest point along the highway which was 4900 meters above sea level. While there we build a rock monument as a gift to the volcano gods and made a wish for safe travels. We had our first hole in the ground experience (see pictures). Along the drive we saw wild vicunas, think of small and skinny, short haired llamas. We also saw...

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Jan 12, 2011 - Chivay

Today was busy. We took a long bus ride from Arequipa to head to the Colca Canyon and stopped lots on the way. We saw: wild flamengos, wild alpacas and llamas. We held a baby alpaca for a photo! We stopped at the highest point of our tour which was 4910 metres above sea level and we both had throbbing headaches but they soon went when we got a bit lower again! We bought a big Peruvian style throw for 50 soles which is 13 pounds. We checked into our hotel Mama Yacchi which has amazing views and a pet llama in the garden! We went for a mini...

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Oct 18, 2010 - Colca Canyon- Condor spotting

We were up at 5AM for breakfast as we had an early start today, we travelled 45K along an unmade road along the Colca Canyon which is the deepest canyon in the world with a depth of over 4KM at it´s deepest point. It was a spectacular drive as the road clung to almost the top of the canyon. After an hour and a half we reached a point where we then walked along the canyon to a viewpoint where we hoped to see some Condors. Condors are part of the vulture family of birds and can stand at 1.2 meters tall with a wingspan of over 4 meters. They...

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Aug 24, 2010 - Colca Canyon

Two nights gives us time to take short hikes to acclimatize to the altitude. Take a tour around the canyon, stopping in fascinating villages and at “miradors” (scenic lookouts), where with a little luck we see Andean Condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals we may see in the Andean landscape include 3 different species of camelids: alpaca, llama and vicuña

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2010 Peru

Jul 19, 2010 - Chivay & Colca Canyon Tour

Bus to Chivey, flat tire, great mtns, alternate betw headache and stomach ache from altitude sickness (over 4800 m.= 14,800 feet). Vicuna, alpaca, llama viewing along the way, over pass we go to the hotsprings...very nice, lots of tourists but since we are here late in the day (7 pm) not as many as earlier I suspect. Eve dinner and folk music/dance better than I'd expected. See pics. Russ Lawrence and Jean Matthews...PCVs here from Hamilton, MT!!! Ran Chapter One Bookstore for 21 years there. Great meeting them and chatting. Visit Russ and...

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South America Plus

Apr 12, 2010 - Chivay / Arequipa

Up early at 6am to take our bus our to the Canyon to see the andean condors. When we arrived we took a 30min walk to the viewing platforms. There were about 10 in total that we saw. They kept flying over our heads. Some in our group were still suffering some bad food, so we drove back to Arequipa with only one quick stop for Coca tea. We got back in to Arequipa in the late afternoon. We did a little more shopping, some laudry for $3 kg. Back to our favorite vegitarian restaurant for dinner. This time we both ordered the Chinese soup that...

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