After the albatross, the Andean condor has the second largest wingspan (as much as 11.5ft) of all living flying birds, and we know the best place in the Andes to see these magnificent birds gliding on thermals.

Ollie and Kate B are here to help give you the inside track.

Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

Dec - Jan

Flight from London London

12:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -5 hrs

We can arrange a day trip (with an early start) to Mirador de la Cruz del Cóndor (Condor Cross Lookout), famed for its incredible scenery and views across Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest (13,650ft at its deepest). Condors certainly appreciate the view as they ride the thermals that are channelled along the canyon and while sightings are never 100% guaranteed the chances are you will see these majestic birds in action.

On the way back from Condor Cross to Arequipa, you have the chance to stop in the three villages of Pinchollo Maca, Achoma, and Yanque, as well as at the Miradores de Antahuilque lookout point, where you can appreciate the region's terraces, and Choquetico with its hanging tombs and tiny irrigation models carved in stone.

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Original Highlight

Image of Will Boocock

The condor is one of the most iconic creatures in Latin America, and sightings are all but guaranteed at Condor Cross, despite the birds’ endangered status.

Will, Original Traveller

Where to stay

Belmond Las Casitas

Belmond Las Casitas

A luxury hotel set in the peaceful surroundings of the second deepest canyon in the world; one of Peru's most stunning destinations.

Aranwa Colca Canyon

Aranwa Colca Canyon

Situated in the somewhat mystical village of Chivay, Aranwa Colca Canyon has a colonial and traditional feel to it. The resort is coloured in Andean legends and monuments, not to mention it has a prime location on the banks of the Colca River.

Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa

Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa

Housed in the former Casa de la Moneda (old Mint), a colonial mansion dating back to 1794, this hotel is a historic gem in Arequipa.

Colca Lodge

Colca Lodge

Colca Lodge is a charming hotel located on the banks of the River Colca deep in the picturesque Colca Valley.

Belmond Andean Explorer

Belmond Andean Explorer

The Belmond Andean Explorer is South America’s first ever luxury sleeper train. Departing from Cusco and making stops at Puna, Cola Canyon and Arequipa (a UNESCO listed world heritage site) the train traverses the Andes in serious style.

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Ollie and Kate B are our Arequipa & Colca Canyon experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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