RIDE ANDES - The Magnificent Andean Condor

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ANDEAN CONDOR

(Vultur gryphus)

The Andean Condor is the national bird of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador and is very culturally important to South America. In folklore and Andean mythology, the Condor is associated with the sun god and is a symbol for the Andes. This magnificent bird has the largest wingspan of any land bird (up to 3.2 m or 10.5 ft. The sea albatross has a wider wingspan). The Condor also has the distinctions of being a bird that mates for life, has only 1 or 2 offspring and can live up to 100 years in captivity. While the Condor is primarily a scavenger, it has received a bad reputation for feeding on livestock and many indigenous farmers see the bird as a pest. The recent conservation efforts have really paid off and the Condor population is on the increase. During the last few years, the Andean Condor has been seen regularly on all of the Ride Andes itineraries, and is almost guaranteed on the Cotopaxi Adventure tour.