Fields of turnip, cabbage, potatoes, vegetables, parsley, carrots, onions, corn and pumpkins fill the landscape with color. It is also important to know that the rainy season and, therefore, the feared landslide season, lasts from December to April.
At kilometer 65 of the road to Canta, you cannot miss the chapel of Santa Rosa de Lima, a beautiful building from 1962 that was constructed where the saint had lived during her stay in Quives. A reproduction of the wishing well accompanies this hermitage.
Later, at kilometer 78, take a few moments to make a stop in the town of Yaso. There you will see the more than 100 balconies that adorn the facades of the houses that date from Peru’s Republican era (some even from colonial times). It’s a shame they are nearly lost, since the expansion works of the road are likely to damage them.
Canta is a typical village of the slope of the Chillon River, devoted to agriculture, fish farming and, more recently, tourism. Recreation and nature are the words that best sum up its offer. In the village you can find a variety of accommodations (mostly hostels, but also lodges and a hotel). In the municipality, facing the Plaza de Armas, you can find a list of lodges and restaurants, which specifies prices and recommendations based on your needs. You can also find an ATM there, in case you need cash.
The road to Obrajillo is in constant repair. Sometimes sections are closed for several hours.
The tourist attractions are concentrated in Obrajillo and San Miguel. There are three waterfalls scattered throughout the land: Lucle, the nearest and most visited, but artificial (it was built for the purpose of generating electricity in the ’80s) whose entry costs is about one sol; the Velo de la Novia, (located in San Miguel, in the highest part of the territory), and a third, unnamed one, is the natural waterfall of Obrajillo. The Chuchún Lagoon, located a couple of from Canta, is another unforgettable visit if time allows.
The fish farms are big attractions of the town. On the way to Canta there are two, while in Obrajillo there is only one working farm: El Paraiso. There you can buy one of the 50,000 trout that are raised in ponds at an affordable price (S/.2, 50 each) in addition to enjoying its flavor in the dishes that the local restaurants serve. Grilled trout, fried trout, sudado, ceviche and even trout chaufa are some of the dining options you can enjoy. San Miguel is currently building its first fish farm.
Finally, if you just want to camp, keep in mind that there many camp sites surrounded by stones or bars that neighbors have conditioned for such activity. It usually costs between S/.10 and S/.5 a day to camp there. In this case, we recommend not to use beach tents, as they will not withstand the cold or rain. Bring drinking water or purifiers, because there is no sanitation in the area, except for some restaurants.
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