The flight of the condor
Trip Start May 17, 2006
118Trip End May 2007
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Chivay is a small town at the head of the Colca Canyon and the sole reason for visiting is to watch the condors soaring over the Canyon. Whilst everyone else ate in the hotel restaurant in the evening, Mark and I went into town and joined the locals at street stalls selling noodles and chicken. We also had a couple of glasses of Calientes or Hot Ones made from black tea, pisco and various herbs and spices. A bit of a risk stomach wise but we were both fine.
We were up early the next day for condor spotting and drove a couple of hours up the canyon
That evening we were due to camp wild on our way to Cusco. It rained all afternoon and the thought of piching canvas tents on the boggy altiplano was not appealing. By about 5pm and with light fading fast we came across some abandoned railway buildings and the decision was made to spend the night there. We were so lucky was although abandoned the roof was intact and so we could pitch our tents in the rooms. It was still really chilly but much better than camping in the rain. The mulled wine we made also helped keep out the chill! During the night a train came passed which scared us all to death - not sure why we were so surprised but we though it was a truck leaving the road and heading straight for us.