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US$ 550Per person based on two people. In private service. Includes transfer to/from Cusco and bilingual guide. Overnight in Andean Spirit Lodge.
Duration:2 Days
Destination:Chonta (near Cusco)
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CONDOR SIGHTING TREK IN CHONTA

Condor Sightings Description

An unforgettable journey to the wild and wonderful Apurimac canyon where you may observe the majestic Andean condor (vultur gryphus) soaring in all its impressive splendor to the backdrop of terrific scenery. The Andean condor is the largest flying land bird with a wing span of up to three meters or more, and a body weight of up to 15 kg. He may rise up to more than 8,000 m and become invisible to the naked eye.

In Andean cosmology, the condor is the messenger of the gods who also transports the souls of the departed into the spirit realms. The condor represents the Hanaq Pacha, the outer and upper world, the cosmos as such. The Apus or tutelary spirits may also appear to human beings in the form of a condor. To come in contact with this powerful animal is a deeply transformative experience that may impact our soul.

US $ 5 per person are donated towards the conservation of the condor and/or local community projects.

Itinerary

DAY 1 

Pick-up from Cusco by private transport at 8.00 am., and travel through the highlands of Anta towards the Northwest. After passing the pass of Willque you will descend into the beautiful Limatambo valley where, on most days, you may enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Salkantay, the second highest Apu (mountain) of the region (6,272 m).

Near Limatambo town, you will follow a well-preserved dirt road up to the picturesque highland hamlet of Chonta. Time permitting, you will briefly visit the local school that benefits from donations, before starting your two-hour trek (moderate difficulty). You may spot typical highland birds on the way, whilst appreciating the local flora and the spectacular scenery as you approach the canyon. A short hike downhill will take you to the viewpoint in time for a delicious picnic lunch.

You will stay at this marvelous spot for 2-3 hours in order to appreciate the condors as they soar upwards, being transported by thermal winds. This is an unforgettable birding experience and a highlight for every nature enthusiast! Early afternoon hike back to Chonta to take your private transportation to the Andean Spirit Lodge, a perfect respite from the stresses of city life, where you can roam the ample gardens or enjoy the trails leading through wild forests.

After a hearty vegetarian dinner, you may enjoy a warming log fire in the lounge area.

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DAY 2 

Wake up early and enjoy the amazing views of the snowy peak of Mount Humantay. Take advantage of the morning activities which include a walk on the surrounding trails, birdwatching, or optional Yoga or Meditation classes. After a generous breakfast, you will set off on your return drive to Cusco. On the way, you will visit the archaeological Inka complex of Tarawasi and the mysterious ceremonial site of Killarumiyoq where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing your journey to Cusco.

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LEGEND
BBreakfast
SSnack
LLunch
DDinner
BLBoxed Lunch

Prices

2Day/1Night Condor Sighting Trek in ChontaPrice per person
Private Service: 1 travelerUS$ 985
Private Service: 2 travelersUS$ 550
Private Service: 3 travelersUS$ 450
Private Service: 4 travelersUS$ 370
Private Service: 5 or more travelersUS$ 355

Included

Included Not Included
Private transportation to/from Cusco.Tips & gratuities.
Bilingual licensed guide.
Entry to the community of Chonta and the condor viewpoint.
Meals according to itinerary.
Accommodations in Andean Spirit Lodge.
Entries to Tarawasi and Killarumiyoq.
Donation of US$5 per person for school in Chonta.

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