Driving the curvy road to Mirador Cruz del Condor in the Andes

Mirador Cruz del Cóndor is a natural vantage point at an elevation of 3.794m (12,447ft) above the sea level, located in the Department of Arequipa, Caylloma province, in Peru. The lookout is the most popular place for condor watching.

Mirador Cruz del Cóndor

How long is the road to Cruz del Cóndor?

The road to the summit is mostly paved, with unpaved sections. It’s called AR-109. Set high in the Andes Mountains, the road to the summit is 22km (13.67 miles) long, running east-west from Pinchollo to Cabanaconde.

Is Cruz del Cóndor worth it?

It’s one of Peru's top tourist destinations. This fabulous lookout has become the most sought spot for viewing the depths of the Colca Canyon, the beauty of the entire surrounding countryside, and the majestic flight of the Andean Condor, the region’s most representative bird as well as the largest flying bird in the world. 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. This canyon is considered the second deepest in the world. A large cross and a small stone wall for the safety of tourists have been built here. The best time for visiting the Colca Canyon is from May to November.