Once we arrived, we made a quick pit stop at the beautiful new visitor centre and then began the 6 km walk to Balcon Norte to see the condors. Condors have a wingspan of 3 meters, or nine feet, and we were quite excited about a chance to see these magnificent birds in their natural habitat. The landscape was a combination of grasslands and rocks, with a well marked path taking us up and down the mountain range.
|Can't remember the name of this bird, but we saw several of them|
including this pair. The male was quite curious to see if we had any
scraps for him.
|Condors roosting on the steep cliff walls|
Because of the high altitude and low rainfall, there are almost no trees in the park, and the few that do grow there are only about a metre tall. They are twisted and have dark red trunks that reminded us of cedar.