For those outdoor-lovers, Peru offers many options for trekking and enjoying the fresh air while getting to know the country, its landscapes, people and history.
El Comercio prepared a list of three routes you can try when visiting Peru in Cusco, Ancash and Lima. Or, if you are already living in this country, you can try them out and get out of your routine!
1. Cusco: from Chinchero to Urquillo
This option is considered to be easy and it will include valleys, panoramic views and archaeology.
The route begins in the district of Chinchero, where you can visit the archaeological center, the colonial temple and the Inca terraces, and then continue towards the town of Urquillos. On this route, you will see waterfalls, canals and colonial houses, until you arrive at the Sacred Valley of the Incas, on the banks of the Vilcanota, where the 25-meter high Poc Poc waterfall is.
Finally, from Urquillos, the route back to the city of Cusco begins.
2. Ancash: comfortable and safe travel
Touring the Huascarán National Park, in Peru, does not have to be a difficult or an exclusive task for experienced travelers. This is an ideal option for a weekend, especially if you are accompanied by your family and children, and want to take a low-intensity tour.
The first day we recommend you to do an acclimatization walk to the Keushu lagoon and its ruins. The next day, you have two options: walk to the Nevado de Huandoy or reach the lagoons of the Llanganuco stream. We also recommend you visit Recuay, Ticapampa and the Conococha lagoon with a visit to the fossil remains and traces of reptiles discovered in 2007 in the Antamina deposits.
3. Huarochirí (Lima): short escape
In Huarochirí, just 74 km from Lima, the Antankallo waterfall is waiting for you. It is a popular destination for families that like to take simple walks over the weekend.
The route begins in the morning towards the town of Matucana, in the Sierra de Lima. From there you will begin a walking tour of approximately two hours. The road has slopes and zigzagging ways that will allow you to appreciate all the beauty of the valley.
Finally, after crossing a suspended bridge, you will reach the waterfall that is 15 meters down. The entrance is 2 soles.