The condors don’t come out until it warms up a bit. After a day of hiking in Valle de Los Cóndores, it was nice to be able to sleep in. Around 930am, we started hiking to a higher spot to position ourselves for what we hoped would be a spectacular condor show.
The condors did not disappoint.
As we were making our way to the top, Pancho spotted the first condor.
We kept hiking to get to the top for a better vantage point.
We got very lucky.
There were several condors out on this morning, and they wanted to put on a show.
There were several periods of maybe 10-15 minutes where I saw no condors.
I simply sat at the top of the mountain and took in the scenery and the warmth of the sun.
Then the swoosh sound of the long wings of the condor slicing through the air would wake me from my trance, and I would grab the camera again and start shooting.
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By the way, I am pretty happy with how these photos turned out considering my zoom lens broke when I was hiking in El Chalten last year. I shot these with my point-and-shoot and using the 50 fixed lens on my D-SLR.
Go on the Hike!
Go on a hike with Educacion y Futuro (EDYFU) to Valle de Los Cóndores, and you not only get a great experience, you also help support their social programs in Tarija. They provided me a tent, sleeping bag, and even a backpack. Guides are all locals, so they know the area well, and you are supporting the local economy.
Email EDYFU in advance to coordinate your tour.