The Condor Canyon is one of the most important alternatives that the city of Cusco has for visitors who want to see something different from the various offers that the local market presents, during the tour we can appreciate beautiful natural attractions, mountains: (Apu pucara) And snowy mountains such as Humantay & Salkantay and finally we will witness the majestic flight of the Andean condor from a viewpoint, towards the Apurimac River Canyon.
The condor canyon is located in the Andean community of Chonta in the district of Limatambo in the province of Anta and department of Cusco 3 hours by car from the community of Chonta and 1 hour and a half walking from the community of Chonta to the viewpoint of the Condor Canyon. Total distance of the walk 3 kilometers.
The condor canyon is the natural sanctuary of the Andean condor sacred bird of the Incas, this place offers the visitor the majestic flight of the Andean condor in its natural habitat and the impressive Apurímac canyon with more than 1000 meters depth, here is the Home of the condors where they sleep and nest.
The “Cañón del Cóndor” is on its way to becoming a new tourist destination in the Cusco region, located in the Chonta community of Limatambo district in Anta province, to reach this natural viewpoint, which is located At more than 3 thousand 400 meters above sea level, a 50 minute walk is made from the community of Chonta.
Along the trail you can see natural attractions (landscapes, valleys and sacred mountains) that are on the right bank of the Apurímac River. Finally, we will arrive at the Huaco Viewpoint where we will be able to observe the majestic flight of the Andean condors in their natural state.
The visitor can also enjoy the impressive natural paradise of the Apurímac River valley, considered the largest in South America.
From the point of view of the condors, you can see other birds such as eagles, hawks, deer, Andean foxes, vizcachas, among others
This tour is for all tourists who love to see the famous Condor dance in its natural habitat in a beautiful canyon at an altitude of 3,800 m, the largest flying bird in the world that can reach a height of 6000 m and at the same time feel the feeling of being very close to the sky to be at the height of the mountains and snowy ending with a beautiful sunset.
Some important aspects
- See the majestic flight of the Andean condor
- See native wildlife in its natural environment
- Private guide for a more personalized experience
- A small group ensures a personalized service
- Qualified and professional driver
- Discover the Inca site: Quillarumiyoc “Temple of the Moon” and Tarawasi
- View of the Apurimac River
- View of the Chonta Canyon
- Stop at the Temple of the Moon
- Trip to the small town of Chonta
Location of the condor cannon
The condor viewpoint located at more than 3400 masl, is located in the Chonta community of Limatambo district in the province of Anta, Cusco, a new tourist destination in the Cusco region.
Nestled between the mountains, which gives form to a fantastic canyon, this viewpoint is located in the ecological floor “puna” and from there you can see a wonderful landscape with forests, lakes, rivers and the flight of the condors, which is the Main attractive. Chonta, now known as the Condor Sanctuary, is a small town whose population is mainly dedicated to agriculture and livestock, and is a recommended destination for nature lovers and birdwatchers.
- Max: 22 ° C.
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The general price to pay before the walk is 10 soles (general admission).
What other tourist attractions will you find near the Chonta Viewpoint?
In your plans to travel to the viewpoint of the condors you can also take advantage to visit other interesting places. Here are some ideas!
Fruits of Limatambo
In the Inca period, Limatambo was an important agricultural area. Here, sugarcane and its derivatives were grown as well as a large amount of vegetables. Currently, Limatambo stands out for its fruitful farms, where you can make tours and try exotic fruits typical of Peru such as lucuma, cherimoya or avocado.
Archaeological Complex of Tarawasi
In the town of Limatambo you can also visit the site of Tarawasi, an archaeological complex that was used as a ceremonial center and resting area during the time of the Incas. You can find huge stone buildings and the typical agricultural platforms with their fountains and irrigation channels. A great place to admire the quality of architecture and hydraulic engineering of the Incas!
Temple of Killarumiyoc
The Incas not only had a great devotion for the Inti (sun god), but they also rendered a very special cult Mama Killa (the moon), which they considered Inti’s wife and the representation of the female side of the sky. In Inca times, several places were also built in honor of the moon, among which is the Temple of Killrumiyoc, in the district of Ancahuasi. When considering the moon as responsible for the crops and everything that comes out of the earth, Killarumiyoc was also a large Inca agricultural complex.
Here you will find terraces, water channels, platforms, cultivation areas, a ushnu or pyramid and, even, a cave with petroglyphs. But the most striking element of Killarumilloc is a large rock located in the center in which the Incas carved a crescent that served as a throne for the Inca. This archaeological complex is simply exciting!
- It is recommended to visit the viewpoint from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. because there is a higher probability of seeing the condors in their large magnitude condors.
- Wear dark-colored clothing so as not to attract the attention of the condors.
- In the rainy season (from December to April) it is more difficult to find condors in full flight.
Recommendations to take to the viewpoint of the Condor
- Light clothing
- Exclusive hiking shoes
- Cap or hat
- Photographic camera
- Water for the walk
- Snack for the trip
It is a well-recommended adventure trip for adventurous people who like to observe birds and walk on this great tour can see the fascinating world of flora and fauna that there is in the place.