Romancing the Condor


Condors are idolized in Peruvian mythology. This one shares a pedestal in Lima.

dramatic stonework

Temple of the Condor photo by Andrys Basten


At Machu Picchu’s Temple of the Condor, Incas placed their deceased leaders on a specially carved stone then attracted a condor to carry the leader’s spirit to the sky.  Nice imagery, I guess, but knowing that “condor” is another name for “vulture” takes a lot away.


Note to loved ones:  Please don’t invite a vulture to my funeral.

About breathtakebyways

Ann Williams’ travel articles have appeared in publications all over the country including The Washington Post, Roads to Adventure, and Jack and Jill. Between researching and writing books, she specializes in creative lectures.