Colca Canyon



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Colca Canyon
The canyon is most popular with tourists looking for breathtaking scenery with a variety of wildlife and terrains to be explored. The canyon is home to the Andean Condor, a species that has seen worldwide effort to preserve it. The condors can be seen at fairly close range as they fly through the canyon walls and are an increasingly popular attraction. 'Cruz del Condor' is a popular tourist stop to view the condors, the pass where condors soar gracefully on the rising thermals occurring as the air warms. The condors are best seen in the early morning and late afternoon when they are hunting. At this point the canyon floor is 3,960 ft (1,200 m) below the rim of the canyon. The La Calera natural hot springs are located at Chivay, the biggest town in the Colca Canyon.