In this story for The Telegraph I hiked through Colca Canyon in southern Peru. It was there that I caught a glimpse of a condor – one of the most endangered bird species in South America.
As I stood at its rim, Colca Canyon seemed incomprehensible in its vastness, a chasm twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. At its maximum, it measures almost 14,000ft from peak to stream bed.
One thing that immediately struck me was how the flow of water, a mere trickle in the dry season, could possess sufficient power to carve such a massive gash in the Earth. Pondering the hundreds of thousands of years needed for this to occur adds to its prehistoric allure.
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October 25, 2014