If you are looking to stay active and visit Lima’s surrounding areas, below are 3 great hikes that will keep you warm all season.
Lomas de Lachay is a beautiful desert oasis located 104 km north of Lima. It is host to over 146 different types of plants and several animals that include, foxes, owls, falcons and vizcachas (small desert rodents). Rolling fog from the ocean is what brings this oasis to life, although the weather is quite pleasant, with an average of 19C/65F.
Once you’ve arrived to the trailhead, take one of the three trails. The longest takes up to 2 hours and is ideal for appreciating the eerie mist and natural beauty of the reserve. It is a great way to spend the day and get a breath of fresh air.
To get to Lachay, you have two choices: a 2 hour drive or 3 hour bus ride. If you are opting to take a bus, Z Bus is a good option, as they have a terminal in Rimac, near Central Lima. The bus will drop you off at the entrance of Lomas de Lachay, but, you must keep in mind that you will have to walk 7 km from the entrance to the marked trails. If you are not up for the walk, your best bet is to hitch a ride from other visitors driving in.
When to Visit: June – Late October
S/. 5.00: Children
S/. 11.00: Peruvian Nationals
S/. 30.00: Foreigners
If you are looking for a similar environment to Lomas de Lachay, but closer to the city and with a more challenging terrain, Lomas de Lúcumo is the right choice for you.
The park offers a 5 km long hiking trail (which takes around 4 hours), trails for mountain biking and even opportunities for rock climbing. Lúcumo does not possess as much biodiversity as Lachay, but it is the last place in Lima to see the annual flowering of the amancae, an event that inspired singers like Chabuca Granda and poets like Pablo Neruda.
Getting to Lúcumo is quite easy. It’s a few kilometers south of the archeological site Pachacamac and, if you are opting to take public transport instead of driving, you can get there in 3 easy steps:
When to Visit: June – Late October
S/. 4.50: Children
S/. 8.00: Adults
S/. 4.50: Adults over 60
*Guides are also available for hire at the park entrance.
San Jeronimo de Surco is not a place many people have heard of, but this small town offers trails to three different cataratas (waterfalls) in the area. It is located 85 km away from Lima, about a 2.5 hour drive.
The easy trek to Huanano will only take you 30 minutes and is a great warm-up for the next 2 waterfalls.
The hike up to Palakala is about 5 km long and will take you about 3 hours to get up to the waterfall.
To get to the trailhead of Mortero, you will need to pass San Jeronimo de Surco by about 2 km until you arrive to Puente Habich, which is located at KM. 69 of the Careterra Central. Soon after you begin the hike, you will pass by the town of Ayas, where you can stock up on any necessary provisions.
You can drive or take public transport to San Jeronimo. To get there, you first make your way to Chosica, where you can take buses from Echenique Park.
When to Visit: June – November
S/. 2.00 Per Person for Huanano or Palakala
*There is no entrance fee to visit Catarata Mortero.
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