Peru

Condor Viewing Tour - 1 Day

Join us on one of the best undiscovered tours around Cusco to see the majestic Andean Condors soaring through the sky

Condor Viewing Tour - 1 Day

Join us on one of the best undiscovered tours around Cusco to see the majestic Andean Condors soaring through the sky

On this day trip from Cusco you will experience one of the best viewing opportunities for Condors in their natural  environment. The Condors along the Apurimac canyon allow you the opportunity to observe the largest flying bird in the world, the majestic Andean Condor soaring from the Chonta canyon which forms part of Apurimac canyon near to Cusco. Chonta canyon is one of the deepest canyons in South America and home to numerous Andean Condors.

Trip ITINERARY

Full Day: 7am - 8pm

Elevation: 3400 m / 11,155 ft
Difficulty: Easy

We depart for the adventure at 7am from your hotel in Cusco. We drive to the town of Limatambo and along the way we will stop at viewpoints to take photos of the amazing Andes, and Salkantay mountain. We then continue driving through beautiful mountain scenery. After one hour we arrive in Killarumiyoc where our guide will explain all of the Inca History of this charming place. We then continue on to the Valley of Limatambo, where the Tarawasi Inca site is located. After exploring this beautiful site, we will continue our tour driving uphill on the dirt road towards to the community of Chonta. Upon arrival we hike 1 ½ hours reaching the lookout of Hahuacco, which boasts great views of the Apurimac canyon and Vilcabamaba mountain range. With a little bit of luck we will enjoy our Condor sighting activity; it is common to see the majestic condors soaring in their natural habitat and flying over the Chonta canyon. In the afternoon we walk back down to Chonta for 1 ½ hours then drive back to Cusco.


Additional Trip Info

  • Private transportation from / to your hotel in Cusco
  • Stops at the Inca sites (Killarumiyoc and Tarawasi)
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fee to the Inca sites and Condor sighting Cusco tour
  • Hot Lunch (local Peruvian food is prepared, and drinks such as teas and coffee)
  • First aid kit & oxygen bottle​

  • Water
  • Gratuity
  • Insurance


  • Original passport
  • Day Pack
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes
  • Rain jacket/ poncho
  • Light jacket
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Insert repellent
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Personal medications
  • Cash

Weather

Weather in the Andes can be unpredictable ranging from hot and sunny to rain, wind and cold. Hikers should be prepared with proper gear and be ready for variable weather conditions throughout the day. Small changes in the itinerary are a possibility as well as trip cancellations due to bad weather. We reserve the right to cancel a trip prior to departing Cusco if we feel conditions are unsafe. If this happens you will be refunded your deposit in full, or have the opportunity to reschedule, however trips still depart when there is rain, snow or fog and refunds are not granted due to poor weather conditions. Temperatures can range from 0 degrees Celsius in the morning to 15 degrees Celsius in the afternoon. The sun can get intense in the afternoon and we highly recommend bringing sun protection. See full Terms & Conditions

Altitude

Our treks take place anywhere from 10,000 feet up to 17,000 feet. It is essential to spend 2-3 days minimum in Cusco or similar elevation prior to taking any trek with us. We recommend staying well hydrated while you are in elevation and to get plenty of rest prior to your trek. FlashpackerConnect is not responsible if you get altitude sickness. Please consult your doctor is you are concerned with the altitude.

Tipping

Our guides and staff are paid on a per trip basis based on the number of days they spend on the trail. While tipping is not required, it is a common practice in Latin America. If you feel your guide, and crew went above and beyond to make your trip special gratuity is greatly appreciated. A common tip is 10-15% of your total trip cost

Reservations

We recommend booking 2-3 months prior to ensure availability. If your dates are flexible we can take reservations on short notice, however our treks tend to book out as we keep our group sizes very small. In order to book we send out an invoice for deposit via PayPal, and your final payment will be due in cash upon arrival to Cusco. (Other options available.)

Departures

Our treks depart everyday upon request with a minimum of 2 guests (Solo travelers can be matched up with existing groups)

Food

We take pride in preparing a wonderful variety of food throughout your trek. You will always be served local Peruvian style dishes in a family style manner and you will never go hungry. We can cater to any dietary needs, but ask that you notify us of your request at the time of booking. If we are not informed during your booking we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate.

First Aid

Trekking in the Andes and in high altitude can be dangerous and because of this our staff always carries a proper first aid kit along with emergency oxygen for our guests to use if they are feeling ill.

Accommodation

All accommodation on multi-day treks is tent camping. We bring quality 4 person tents but sleep a maximum of 2 persons to each tent. For tours that require hotels, accommodation is based on double or triple occupancy. Solo travelers will be matched with another guest of the same gender unless a single supplement is paid.

Group Sizes

Our treks depart everyday with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 8 guests. We can also accommodate private trips and large group trips. Group pricing is available if your group is 4 or more people.

Insurance

Travel protection is essential for your peace of mind and safety throughout the trip. Unexpected medical emergencies or illnesses prior to or during your trip could make you lose pre-paid, non-refundable payments. Emergency medical transport and air ambulances in remote locations can be extremely expensive and will probably not be covered by your medical health plan so it is compulsory that you purchase personal adequate travel insurance which is appropriate for your trip. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, air ambulance, loss of effects, repatriation costs and all other expenses which may arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience during your trip. We also suggest you purchase cancellation and curtailment insurance. When obtaining travel insurance, you must inform the insurer of the type of travel to be undertaken, especially when "adventure activities" are included in your trip. There are several insurance companies offering travel protection plans available for purchase online.

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