Monday 1 November 2010

Cañón del colca

Colca Canyon is an impressive place.  It is 100km long, with depths of 1000 to 3000m (according to lonely planet) or 4160m (according to Wikipedia), and it was or is, the deepest canyon in the world, depending on which information source you trust.  Lonely planet claims neighbouring Cañón del Cotahuasi is the deepest, because it is 150m deeper :)  In any case, it is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.

We got up early to visit Cruz del Cóndor in the canyon, and hopefully catch the morning exit of condors as they ride the thermals from their nests in the canyon wall.  Despite a lot of waiting around, we didn't see much more than a few condors high-up from a distance.

We went for a short walk and were treated to a couple of condors flying directly below us, before popping out of the canyon and exiting in formation.  They are awesome birds.

We took a lot of photos that looked like black dots on a blue sky, so I've included a photo by someone else with a better camera, also taken at Cruz del Cóndor, so you know what a condor looks like :)

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