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Cruz del Condor Lookout, Peru

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Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru. It is located about 160 km northwest of Arequipa. It is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States at 4,160 m. However, the canyon's walls are not as vertical as those of the Grand Canyon.

 

The canyon is home to the Andean Condor, a species that has seen worldwide effort to preserve it. The condors can be seen at fairly close range as they fly through the canyon walls and are an increasingly popular attraction. 'Cruz del Condor' is a popular tourist stop to view the condors, the pass where condors soar gracefully on the rising thermals occurring as the air warms. The condors are best seen in the early morning and late afternoon when they are hunting. At this point the canyon floor is 1,200 m below the rim of the canyon.

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Taken on May 14, 2010