Outdoor lovers, rejoice. Peru offers numerous low-intensity trekking options. These are the best alternative routes in Cusco, Áncash and Lima.
1. Cusco: From Chinchero to Urquillos
This is a great, easy trek that will include extraordinary views of the Sacred Valley and stops at archaeological sites. The route begins in the district of Chinchero and will take you to the town of Urquillos. Make time to visit the archaeological site, the colonial temple and the Inca terraces before starting the trek.
The trekking route lasts about four hours and is all downhill. Along the way you will see canals, colonial houses all the while surrounded by eucalyptus trees. You’ll make your way to the banks of the Vilcanota River until you reach Poc Poc, a 25-meter high waterfall.
This trail was part of the Inca road system, or Qhapac Ñan.
2. Áncash: a safe trekking option
Touring the Huascarán National Park in Áncash does not have to be a difficult undertaking. This is an ideal weekend trekking option, especially for families who want a low-intensity tour of the area.
To get acclimatized, we recommend taking it easy on day 1 with a walk to the Keushu lagoon and its ruins. On day two, you have two options: walk to the Huandoy snow-capped mountain or reach the lagoons of the Llanganuco stream.
Other options include visiting the town of Recuay, the district of Ticapampa, or the Conococha lagoon with a visit to the fossil remains and traces of reptiles discovered in 2007 in the Antamina deposits.
3. Huarochirí, Lima: A quick escape
The Antankallo waterfall is waiting for you in Huarochirí, just 74 km from Lima.It’s a popular destination for families and those who want to escape city life and to dive into nature for a day or two.
The route takes you toward the town of Matucana in the highlands of Lima. From there, you will begin a two hour walking tour. The road has slopes and zigzagging roads that will allow you to appreciate all the beauty of the valley.
The trekking adventure ends with the crossing of a suspended bridge, after which you will reach the waterfall, which is two meters tall. The entrance is 2 soles.
Source: El Comercio
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