We were up early to meet with our driver for a ride to Cruz del Condor, the lookout point for the Andean Condors. We got to the lookout just after 8am, and as we walked up to a spot to view the condors, one glided right past us. The condors are huge and lazily ride the thermals in the mornings to gain altitude. The older ones are marked with white on their wings which make them easier to photograph.
We sat for two hours, changing spots a couple of times to catch a better view. We saw a number of them, exciting every time. With the scenic backdrop, it was a really neat thing to see.
We went back to the hotel and decided to have lunch in town – not much to choose from, so we just picked a spot. We ordered, and then the people working there started to leave… to go to the nearby grocery. Edith had ordered pasta, and they came back from the grocery and said they didn’t have it. Jay’s cheese sandwich came out, then we waited… then my soup came out, and finally Larry’s chicken. We continued to wait for my chicken sandwich, which finally arrived. Edith ate it since I couldn’t even finish my chicken noodle soup.
We had a reservation for a horseback ride at 2, but it turned out to be more of a horseback walk, with three of us on horses and the non-English speaking guide walking along. So we decided I would hang out with Edith for the afternoon, and Larry and Jay would go on horseback with the guide (on horseback).
Edith and I walked through town and figured out how to get to the arch that marks the entry to Cabanaconde. I suggested we walk a little more, because I had remembered a sign pointing to the San Miguel lookout just ahead. We set out for the lookout, and Edith found donkeys by the side of the road to photograph.
We made it to the point, about a 45-minute walk from town. We were glad we went there – it was a gorgeous view of the canyon, and we saw more condors coming back home. We hung out there a while before going back for dinner.
Dinner was at the hotel again (lesson learned), but I had decided to take my “noche” pill before dinner, on an empty stomach. I’d been on Peruvian cold medicines, some for day and some for night, for the past week. We got to dinner and Edith and I ordered an avocado salad, which caused trouble because it wasn’t on the menu, but she had seen someone the night before eating it. I declared that I felt high. Our hot chocolate was delivered, and I remember having some of that plus my avocado salad (which turned out to be a sliced avocado with some sliced tomato on the side), and then I think I remember Larry delivering me to bed before dinner was over. Bad idea to have the noche pill before eating.