*Please note that these photos are not mine. My point and shoot camera suffered a water-related injury just before making it to the animal sanctuary and does not currently function. These photos are courtesy of Jana, a Belgian student who was also on our field trip.
That’s right. That’s a photo of John having a staring contest with a condor.
At this animal sanctuary in Pisac, Peru, they let you wander around in the condor cage. Then the giant birds fly over your head in the impressive way that only a bird with the largest wingspan in the world can do. It was cool.
The animal sanctuary also houses pumas, coati, turtles, alpaca, vicuna, and several species of birds, but the condors were everyone’s favorites. I thought the pumas were pretty cute, too, but they were sleeping. (It’s hard to compete with flying condors when you’re curled up like a lap cat.)
We visited this place as a field trip with our Spanish class on Friday. The intention was that we’d practice our Spanish in the field, but in reality the guide was having far more fun asking us how to say things in English. I guess I did learn how to say “Don’t scare the baby alpaca” in Spanish. That ought to be worth something.