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Canyon Del Colca, Peru
At 4,160m depth, the Colca Canyon it's more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA. The canyon is well-known as the condors' home; these huge birds can weigh up to twelve kilos and their wingspan reaches over three metres wide. The condors are monogamic and one popular legend tells that when it's partner dies, the other one will commit suicide by launching into flight from one of the highest peaks and then simply folding its wings and dropping to its death on the rocky cliffs.
It's very common to see them at the region's sky, but if you wanna see them, just go to the Mirador del Condor in the early morning, or at dusk, where a lot of condors fly above the tourists heads.
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