Condor Lookout Point Hike in Chonta from Cusco

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Discover the dramatic beauty of the Apurimac Canyon on an exciting full-day excursion from Cusco. Explore a fascinating natural formation twice as deep as the USA’s Grand Canyon with an experienced guide; to crown your tour admire the spectacular Andean Condors soaring in their natural habitat.
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Itinerary Details

We leave Cusco by private transport at 8:30am and travel through the highlands of Anta towards the Northwest. After passing the town of Limatambo a steep dirt road will take us over the Puna highlands with stipa grass to the scenic mountain hamlet of Chonta (3,400m / 11,154ft) near the Apurimaq Canyon.

The road journey may take around three hours all together. Once at Chonta we start a one and a half hour trek of moderate difficulty to the lookout point. With a little luck we may spot typical highland birds on the way (sometimes even parrots can be seen), whilst appreciating the pretty flora and the spectacular scenery as we approach the deep canyon. A short hike downhill takes us to the lookout point in time for a delicious picnic box lunch. We shall stay at this marvelous spot for 2-3 hours in order to wait for the condors...
We leave Cusco by private transport at 8:30am and travel through the highlands of Anta towards the Northwest. After passing the town of Limatambo a steep dirt road will take us over the Puna highlands with stipa grass to the scenic mountain hamlet of Chonta (3,400m / 11,154ft) near the Apurimaq Canyon.

The road journey may take around three hours all together. Once at Chonta we start a one and a half hour trek of moderate difficulty to the lookout point. With a little luck we may spot typical highland birds on the way (sometimes even parrots can be seen), whilst appreciating the pretty flora and the spectacular scenery as we approach the deep canyon. A short hike downhill takes us to the lookout point in time for a delicious picnic box lunch. We shall stay at this marvelous spot for 2-3 hours in order to wait for the condors soaring upwards, being transported by thermal winds. The majestic Andean condor ( vulture gryphus) may reach up to 8,000 m in height and in Andean cosmology he is believed to transport the souls of the departed into the spirit realms. It is on the sheer cliffs further down near the river where the condors nest and roost. To watch this beautiful bird with a wing span of up to 3 m soaring to the backdrop of the breath taking canyon is an experience that may deeply touch you.

In the early afternoon we start our hike back to Chonta and drive back to Cusco arriving there around 6 pm.

Important Details

Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Tarawasi
  • Professional guide
  • Small group tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Box Lunch (For alimentary restrictions contact the provider)
Not Included
  • Gratuities
Departure Point
Centrally located Cusco hotels
8:30 am
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Dress code: No brilliant color clothes are allowed (red, orange and yellow are prohibited)
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.