Mirador Cruz del Condor is a stunning lookout at an elevation of 3270 MASL, located in the the Department of Arequipa, Caylloma province, in Peru.
Mirador Cruz del Condor viewpoint is for many the highlight of their trip to the Cañón del Colca and has become a very popular spot for viewing the Colca Canyon and the majestic flight of the Andean Condor, the region’s most representative bird as well as the largest flying bird in the world.
Other notable bird species present in the Colca include the giant hummingbird, the largest member of the hummingbird family.
Mirador Cruz del Condor: The Best Place to See Condors
Cruz del Condor viewpoint is the most popular place for condor’s watching. At this point the canyon floor is 1,200 meters below the rim of the canyon.
This place was originally called Chacllacruz yet is now known by the title of “Mirador Cruz del Condor” (Condor’s Cross) for two reasons: one, for the flyovers performed in this area by this famous Andean bird, especially in the morning, and two, because of the stone cross built overtop a striking stone promontory.
At 3600 MASL, Tapay viewpoint offers great views of the small villages at the bottom of the Colca Canyon as Tapay, San Juan de Chuccho, Malata, Cosñirhuaa and Sepregina Mountain.
Great site to observe the canyon, the condors and the snowy mountains. You can stay there for a long time, there is almost nobody.
Located in Cabanaconde at 3350 MASL, Cejana view point and only accesible by foot. This lookout is situated at 25 minutes hiking from Cabanaconde plaza. From this place you can go down inside the Canyon to Osasis (Sangalle).
San Miguel Viewpoint:
San Miguel viewpoint is located at 25 minutes walking from Cabanaconde town, from San Miguel start the hiking route to San Juan de Chuccho.
From this loukout you can see all 8 volcanoes (one is still active) that surround the region. You really see how huge the valley is and how this is one of the biggest Canyons in the world.
Located in Cabanaconde at 3320 MASL at 15 minutes walking, from this view point you can see the Colca Canyon, the Oasis – Sangalle amd the Huaruro waterfall.
Mirador Achachiwa offers a panoramic view of the Canyon, small villages, pre-inca terraces, the River and the mountains of Hualca Hualca and Sepegrina. Achachihua view point is the starting point to Llahuar.
Kallimarka ruins is located at 3700MASL in a hill at Cabanaconde town. It takes 4 hours walking from Cabanaconde to the ruins, It offers great views from the pre-inca terraces and Hualca Hualca snowcapped mountain.
Colca Canyon Entrance Fee:
All Colca Canyon visitors must pay 70 soles entrance fee ($23 dollars). You can buy the tourist ticket at any checkpoint. Hold on to the ticket, as park officials will ask to see it along the tourist route to Cruz.
Colca Canyon vs Grand Canyon:
Find the differences between Colca nd the Grand Canyon:
- Located in the Peru Andes. Colca is a giant fissure for more than 100km.
- Colca is the world’s second deepest canyon, approximately 3,400m at its deepest point
- Home of the andean condor, vizcachas, vicugnas, the giant hummingbird and the andean fox.
- The Grand Canyon is in Northern Arizona…just North of Flagstaff, Arizona.
- Grand canyon is full of fossils.
Colca Canyon Observatory:
Casa Andina Standard Colca hotel have an astronimical observatory in Chivay town. Casa Andina offers daily presentations in english and spanish that allow you to know more about the stars and constellations.
The price includes a 30 minute explanation and chance to see into the telescope. It is open daily but It closes during the rainy season, between January to March.
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Colca Canyon FAQs:
- When is the best time to visit Colca Canyon?
The best time is from May to November. the weather is warm during the day and cold at night with no rains. We recommned to visit the area between April to june when the valley is completely green.
- Colca Canyon Tour or trek?
During the shared tours you will have limited time for walking as you are sharing transportation and tour guide with other people. Most of the time you will be on a bus and visiting the viewpoints. The bus tours are more recommended for travelers who don’t want to walk. Trekking inside the canyon is a good alternative for adventure lovers and for people with good physical condition.
- I do not want to take all of my stuff with me. Where can I leave my big bag?
Normally the hostels and hotels in Arequipa offers baggage storage service for free. You just need to carry the necessary stuff during the tour or trek.
- Will I see Condors on these tours?
The Colca canyon has different natural view points (Mirador Cruz del Condor, Achachihua, Tapay, San Miguel) for watching the condors, this factor increase the chances to see them. However It will depends also on the weather conditions (rainy season).
- Can I finish the excursion in Puno instead of Arequipa?
Yes, this is possible. Normally the last day of our tour you will return to Chivay town about midday, after lunch time you can take the bus from Chivay to Puno instead of coming back to Arequipa. Our bus from Chivay to Puno leaves at 1:15PM and arrives to Puno at 7:30PM, this is a bus guided service and incldues the drop off to the hotel in Puno.
What’s the difference between 2 Day and a 3 Day Trekking Colca Canyon?
The routes for both hikes is the same. The 3 day trek includes more free time for relaxing and explore the canyon, 2 day trek is more difficult because you will walk more hours per day.
- Is It possible to book trekkings or tours from Chivay?
Yes, is possible to book a Colca Canyon tour from Chivay, Puno or Arequipa. You just need to contact us and we will provide you all the tour options.
- How to travel from Puno to Chivay?
The tourist bus from Puno to Chivay leaves everyday at 6:16AM and gets to Chivay by noon. Please contact us If you require private driver ad transportation in Peru.
- How to get transport from Chivay to Cusco?
The bus from Chivay to Cusco leaves 3 times per week at 7AM, on monday, wednesday and friday. Transport arrives to Cusco at 4PM.
- Is it possible to do the route Arequipa-Colca-Chivay-Puno in the same day?
Yes, is possible. It will be a long day traveling by bus. You can check One Day Trip From Arequipa Colca Canyon Puno.
- Is it possible to do 1 day at Colca Canyon WITH a trek?
Yes, is possible. We offer Colca Canyon Trek 1 day. This hiking is offeresd in private service (driver and tour guide) and includes a trek for around 3.5 hours from Canocota to La Calera hot springs.
- Is It possible to book Colca Tour staying at Cabanaconde?
Yes, you can book a tour staying in Cabanaconde town which is a quite and nice small village with no tourist. There are 2 options includying overnight at Kuntur Wassi hotel: Cabanaconde 2 Day Tour and Colca Canyon 3 Day Tour.