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“Close to Condors”

Mirador Cruz del Condor
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Trekking to Llahuar 3d-2n Arequipa
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

This is a very beautiful location and a great place to get a close view of condors in flight. It's one of the highlights on a long day trip of the Colca region.

Thank MVLlosa
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Condor viewing is obviously one of the most popular reasons people come to Colca Canyon, so the viewing area was understandably busy during the peak condor viewing hours on Easter weekend. Even with the crowd, we were able to relax and watch the condors and take in the beautiful view of the canyon. Some short walking trails are also available in the area. Between watching the condors and our short hike, we were there about two hours.

Thank Rosie0109
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Had stayed the night before in Colca Lodge and drove from there to this place, the drive by itself down this beautiful valley was already worth the trip. When approaching the mirador, from about half a mile away we saw about 20 condors circling over the area and thought we were really lucky, but by the time we got there, they were all gone. We stayed for about 45 minutes and fortunately, a number of condors did show up again and circled above us before disappearing again. One of them seemed to like to show off and came circling really close 3 times before leaving again, which made for great photos and short films. Our guide said one never knows if and how many condors will show up, so it is a question of luck apparently

Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

This is the pinnacle of visiting Colca Canyon and if you're lucky the condors will be nice and visit. We only saw about a half dozen. Other days there are much more or much less.
It can get very busy with tourists so watch your bags. Be patient with the self stick crazies who seem to dominate the good points for photos.
There is good food and refreshments here and the toilets nearby are clean.
Soak up a beautiful place in the world.

Thank UrbanDrifter
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

We left our hotel at 06:30 but stopped in Yanque for 20 minutes to see young girls doing traditional dances in the plaza de armas and have one's picture taken with an eagle. Five minutes before arriving at the Mirador Cruz del Condor, a couple other buses were stopped on the side of the road and, perched on a rock outcropping no more than 50m above us and across the road were a group of young condors. We spent about 20 minutes watching them as, one by one, they took flight...and returned...and took flight again. Then on to the main attraction--the Mirador where more young (less than 8 years old and still brown in colour) were perched on outcroppings or soaring in the thermals. We were there 45-60 minutes and, by the time we left, at 10:00, the condors had disappeared. Moral of the story: arrive as early as possible. The condors nest far down in the canyon (the 2nd deepest in the world) and, with sunrise, leave their aeries and begin to soar on the thermals. We MAY have seen this had we headed straight to the mirador, and leaving Yanque for the end. In the end, no complaints. It was an unforgettable experience.

1  Thank tsmada
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