Ecuador, South America

Condor Park Otavalo- Feeding the birdnerd frenzy

July 6, 2015
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A visit to the Condor Park Otavalo gives you the opportunity to see the world’s strongest bird along with a number of owls, hawks, and eagles. Of course if looking at birds in cages or behind bars isn’t your thing Condor Park can still leave the visitor satisfied with their flight demonstrations and personal encounters with Harry’s Hawk, the American eagle, a barn owl, and a few other high flying birds.

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The bird park itself is full of rescued birds either in illegal captivity or in unsuitable environments. The park doesn’t keep the birds if they are capable of freeing them however after years of captivity and in some cases being hand fed why go hunting in the wild when you can simply be handed little chick treats. The park is well maintained with good information about the birds on display (though they are only in Spanish). The highlight is definitely seeing the birds taken out of the cages for the flight demonstrations. This can be hit or miss depending on the weather conditions but even without the demonstrations you find yourself in awe of the valley’s beauty that surrounds the park and the town of Otavalo.

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If you are at all interested in birds this is a great place to get up close and personal. It’s great for families as well bring the kids but leave the snacks at home as you may attract some hungry eagles!

We combined this trip with a visit through view points of San Pablo Lake, a visit to the Tahuantinsuyo Weaving Workshop (highly recommended), then a short walk back into town with a stop at Pechuge waterfall. You could easily mix and match any of the above and if you are there on Saturday hit the Plaza de Poncho market to compare the workshop and the market goods.

Logistics

From Otavalo- Hire a taxi by the hour ($12 an hour) or get one from town for $5. The only problem with the latter is you may not have a ride back into town.

Entrance fee- $4.75 adult ticket

Itinerary- this trip can be easily combined with other half day tours/activities in the area.

Time needed- 90 minutes. Come in 30 minutes to walk around and see the birds. At 11:30 am and in the afternoon, I think 3:30 pm there are flight demonstrations

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