Friday.....Condors at Colca Canyon and return to Arequipa
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Was picked up at 6:30, picked up the others from their hostal and drove towards Colca Canyon. Stopped a couple of times for photos. Arrived at Colca Canyon around 8:30. The condors here are not as big as in some other countries eg Colombia.
Waited for ages and didn’t see any, then suddenly there were lots of them flying. The time they leave their nests depends on the time of year, temperature and wind. Guess they were sleeping in this morning. Went back to the minibus about 9:30 as it was very cold and I’d taken enough photos, though afterwards I realized that I probably could’ve taken closer photos.
Colca Canyon is supposed to be deeper than the Grand Canyon, but I don’t know if this is true.
No-one told me to take warm clothes; luckily I packed plenty just in case. I was just warm enough with two pairs of thermal underwear, two pairs of sox, a t-shirt, 2 skivvies, an alpaca jumper and warm jacket, gloves and undergloves and my hat from San Pedro. Would have brought my scarf too, if I’d realized how cold it was going to be. So take plenty of warm clothes, not sure if it’s cold in summer too. Also I opted for the two day trip, which is much better if you can possibly find the time. Would not have liked to do all this in one day.
We stopped at the village of Maca on the way back to Chivay. There was, of course, a mini market and you could have your photo taken with a “tame” condor or baby llama, the usual scenario.
We left at 2 and the guide said that we would be back in three hours. As usual he was wrong, I was back in my hotel at 4. I was very unimpressed by the guide. His command of English really wasn’t good enough to be a guide. He went on and on about trivial things and didn't give information which would have been interesting.
Couldn’t be bothered going into town for tea so had a Domino’s Hawaiian pizza and small Sprite delivered.