The Mirador Cruz del Condor is the most popular point for viewing the canyon – it’s around 1200m deep here – and you can almost guarantee seeing several condors circling up from the depths against the breathtaking scenery. The condors are best spotted from 7 to 9am; the earlier you get there the more likely you are to have fewer other spectators around. These days it’s a popular spot, and most mornings there will actually be more tourists here than in the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa. For safety’s sake, stand well back from the edge.

The gateway to the Mirador, the settlement of Pinchollo has a small museum and a tourist information office with photos and a model representing the canyon.

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