Beasts, birds, and bugs of Colca Canyon, Peru
The Andean condors of Colca Canyon, Peru attract all the tourist paparazzi attention. Evade the camera flashes and flee down a trail, and there’s a captivating natural diversity in the sky, underfoot, and in the brush.
There’s an aviary’s worth of other birds, including mad parakeets that torture the ears with constant, piercing chirps; iridescent hummingbirds, the largest in the world; flocks of Murakami doves that burst from bushes with a windup noise; suicidal ducks that spend their lives on the river rapids; and a winged nuisance that sounds like a sci-fi raygun and flies like Starbuck.
Grasshoppers (or perhaps crickets) bound along the trail, keeping pace with us as we haul ass up the canyon. Furball bees draw halos around our noggins until we wave them off. Dung beetles roll along in a foul, insect-world version of Zorbing.
Beasts of burden pound clear the hiking trails with their heavy steps, while clogging those same trails with their abundant mierda.
Oh yes, Colca Canyon’s the shit.
What surprising creatures have you seen on your travels?