Condor watching with Lorenzo Sympson at Estancia Desafío, Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina
As far as condor experts go, they doesn’t get more knowledgeable then Lorenzo Sympson. He made the condor his passion awhile ago and started doing avid studies on this majestic bird. To be honest, I’m not a bird fanatic. Slowly, I’m growing to appreciate them as the years tick by in Patagonia. Also, it’s a little bit strange that Condors are so adored from people all over the world for when you get a good look at them, they couldn’t be uglier. It’s a good thing that they are mostly admired from afar as they glide around the high peaks of the Andes on thermals which carry them for long distances in search of food. So if it’s not their good looks that attract people to see them, what is it? Lorenzo can convince anyone that they are worthy. It’s when some one has a passion and it seeps through there being and enters the soul of others that is impressive. And that is exactly what happens when you take an excursion with Lorenzo or his partner Angel over to an estancia in the steppe where the condors roost.
There, you can do a nature walk to learn about the geology of the area, enjoy a great asado prepared for the group (usually private), then take a walk to this cliff rock where with a high powered telescope you can watch as the birds take off and land, and as they roost in the many holes in the cliff carved out by the high powered winds and weathering. Lorenzo refers to it as “condorminiums” as you see as many as 50 birds in different spots. (I may have just blown the joke!)
All in all, the day is really magical as you get to experience a different ecosystem in Bariloche more on the desert side and learn a lot from a charismatic expert about the most popular bird in all of South America.
It’s a win-win day to extend your memories from this incredible zone.