09.04.2011 - 10.04.2011
We left yesterday to do a lazy tour of Colca Canyon (you can walk it but we decided to bus it and slept through 1 of 2 optional walks). Colca Canyon holds the record for being the deepest canyon in the world, that makes it even more impressive than the Grand Canyon. As it had been compared to the Grand Canyon I expected it to be red. It wasnt. Come to think of it, Im not even sure that the Grand Canyon is red, I might be thinking of Ayres Rock in Australia, which is sort of the opposite to a canyon. It was however very impressive, a huge crack in the earth with clouds rising out of it and a fierce river that was so far down it looked like a muddy thread. We had to wake up at 5am to make it to the Cruz del Condors in time to see the birds flying. We saw 6 up close and 9 in the distance. Condors are huge vulture like birds with a wings span of anything up to 3 meters. The males have little red crests on their heads, and they have huge black feathers. We got some excellent photos as they swooped into the canyon. They are so heavy they have an unsteady flight as they balance on the thermal streams. To the Incas condors represent Hanag Pacha or the upper world. It is also believed that when you die it is the condors that takes your spirit to heaven. These birds do have a majesty to them even though they are not the prettiest creatures Ive ever seen. We are heading to Ica tonight and then on to the oasis which is Huacachina to do some sand boarding. Hopefully all our limbs will stay in tact before we fly home.