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The Condor flying over Colca canyon.

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Colca Canyon is the canyon of the Colca River in Arequipa, Peru. It is one of the deepest canyons in the world at 10,725 ft (3,269 meters), it is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States. However, the canyon's walls are not as vertical as the ones of the Grand Canyon. The Cotahuasi Canyon nearby to the northwest is a deeper canyon at 11,488 ft (3,501 meters). Since they are such major features of the landscape, the Colca and Cotahuasi canyons are both easily recognizable in even low-resolution satellite photos of the region.

The Andean Condor is the world's largest bird of prey that lives in the mountains, The adult height of this enormous bird is four feet, and it has a wing span of 10 feet. It usually weighs between 20 to 25 pounds. The Andean Condorís cousin is the California Condor.

 

See also: Colca Canyon, The Condor Pasa

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Last updated: April 1, 2007