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5 tourist destinations in Huarochiri near Lima

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5 tourist destinations in Huarochiri near Lima

In San Jerónimo de Surco you can see its beautiful natural landscapes. Among its main attractions are: 

Archaeological remains and Huanano waterfall: the Huanano Machay archaeological complex is made up of stone constructions in the form of caverns and underground passageways. The Huanano waterfall has a beautiful free fall of approximately 30 m. Palakala Waterfall: impressive waterfalls. The walk can take approximately three hours. 

The province of Huarochirí, Lima region is one of the favorite places of the people of Lima to do tourism and get to know the weekend during the winter season. This is due to its excellent climate, exquisite food and optimal natural landscapes for hiking through the heights. 

Options to enjoy in Huarochirí 

  • Undoubtedly one of the tourist attractions of Huarochirí is the nature it offers, an ideal destination for trekking and mountain biking. 
  • Pure fruit ice creams, especially avocado and cherimoya, abundant fruits in the region will be your favorites. 
  • Tour the fish farms in the towns around the central highway and discover more about trout farming. 
  • Access to the river for bathing or spending the day is no longer as easy as it was a few decades ago, as the vast majority are now privately owned by country clubs and recreation centers. 

Tips for travelers

  • Do not forget to bring: shoes for long walks or mountain trekking. Cap or hat and sunscreen are basic implements to protect you from the sun's rays. In almost all destinations you will find a store with what you need to spend the day: water to hydrate yourself, cookies, mountain bread, cheese, fruit. 
  • A traveler's advice is to pay attention to the indications whether you go with a tour guide as well as the signs of the established trails. 
  • And finally, always have your warm clothes ready for the afternoons and evenings as the temperature drops like the climate of the mountains. 

5 Destinations that you should not miss in Huarochirí

The tourist places of Huarochirí are considered by the locality as its invaluable pieces, some for how old they are, others for their natural beauty, but if there is one thing that is very sure, it is that visitors will enjoy one of the most beautiful and best preserved spaces in the history of the country.

Marcahuasi

Marcahuasi is a rock formation that dates back many years, the exact date is not known but if you have what is known as the best landscape of all, its environment is one of the coolest in the area, it is allowed to do an ecotourism good and the enjoyment of the different rocky spaces to camp and spend the afternoon contemplating these formations made by the wind and water. 

It is a nice place for an afternoon in the company of loved ones, walk a little and contemplate what years of training have left over time, the weather is a bit intense, therefore it is advisable to bring a good sunscreen, glasses and if necessary a hat. 

Marcahuasi Lima

Huanano Falls

Also known as the angel's whistle, the Huanano waterfall is a small waterfall over the green zone of Huarochirí, at the end it makes a small well where some people can cool off a bit in the same waters, the important thing is that they wear adequate clothing to take a good bath, the sound it gives off and the dew produced by the air, make its environment very fresh and pleasant.

It has become common for visitors to want to take a bath in its waters, therefore and as a recommendation, it is not too much to bring a good cloth, bathing clothes and change of clothes, of course the camera, you cannot miss. 

14th century mother church

It is considered a work of local architecture, the main church is built on a solid ground, with stone walls a national flag waving, this church is one of the most beautiful in the same town, all kinds of masses are celebrated in it, for saints, sick and for the protection of the people. 

Its well-preserved garden is one of the most valued tourist attractions, since there is not a single visitor who cannot bear to take a photo in front of it to take home the memory of the visit to the church and, of course, the blessing of God. 

The Autisha Canyon

The canyon is a rocky opening several meters high where it drops a beautiful and striking as well as a sonorous waterfall forming a small rich lake to shower in, this canyon is one of the most sought after for its easy access, for the freshness of its waters and Especially because of how clean it is. 

To visit this canyon it is essential that travelers bring swimwear, cloths, clothes to change, some food and above all the desire to enjoy, without leaving aside the need for a camera to capture the great views and beauties. of the place. This canyon also has jungle spaces where ecotourism can be easily done if the visitor wishes. 

Autisha canyon

The house of the puppeteers

Leaving a bit of the natural to enter the cultural, the town has the puppeteer's house available, a small house where two people with a long artistic career make a presentation with puppets made by themselves, the entrance fee varies, for adults between 8 to 10 soles, and for children it goes between 5 soles, depending on the age of the visitor. 

The functions are diverse, sometimes they are presented even on Sundays, to be safer, the schedules are from Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until 2 p.m. Those who have attended their presentations have not had any complaints since they have a great time watching a show full of laughter.

Other tourist attractions in Huarochirí

Take advantage of your free time and your vacations and get to know these beautiful places near Lima

Yuracmayo

Over 4100 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.), Yuracmayo is located, in the province of San Mateo. This place invites all fans of adventure sports to climb the great limestone walls, which can reach up to 80 meters high.

Yuracmayo is the perfect place for adventure sports, camping and being in contact with nature. 

Tourists can also delight in the flight of the condor, which can be seen with some luck in the sky that adorns the canyon formed by the nearby Blanco River.

It should be noted that the Municipality of San Mateo sometimes organizes some national windsurfing championships in this area. 

For those who enjoy the scenery while crossing the most beautiful trails, there is also a hiking trail to cross the entire area, the river and the rock walls.

The trekking route is 10 km in total and starts very early. You can get there in one or two hours and the level of difficulty is moderate due to the rough terrain.

Arriving by bicycle is also one of the most fun ways to get to know the landscapes of Yuracmayo. 

The Zarate Forest

Located between the districts of San Bartolomé and Tupicocha, the Zárate forest is the last green paradise in the province of Huarochirí, with green mountains and streams loaded with water. In all its majesty, you can see a thousand-year-old refuge of trees such as the giant cactus, quinual, hawthorn, taro, quishara or chachacomo. There are also animals such as the wild cat, vicuñas, weasels, skunks and the vizcasha, which can surprise the traveler during his tour. 

The Zárate Forest is a reserved natural area that has an area of 500 hectares. It includes a great biodiversity of flora and fauna, it is considered one of the best places in Lima for trekking in contact with nature. 

This forest is a natural relic, one of the few that survives in the central zone of Peru, which is made up of a variety of ecological floors, which originate a great variety of plants from the western slopes. 

The Zárate Forest is part of the so-called dry cloud forests. Its main characteristics are its high humidity, the frequency of fog during the summer (December to March) and the dryness in winter. Its temperature decreases according to altitude; The annual average in the lower part is 15 °C and for the middle part it is 12 °C. 

In an approximate five-hour walk, you go from 1,850 m.a.s.l. at 3,600 meters above sea level 

Callahuanca

Callahuanca is one of the districts of the province of Huarochirí and is part of the Santa Eulalia valley. It stands out for its famous custard apples, which, it is said, are the most delicious in the Peruvian territory. 

During your tour you will come across the Iglesia Matríz and Montaña de Characán. 

This district is the ideal place for those who like adventure, cyclists, walkers or simply to rest. 

In Callahuanca you can carry out various tourist activities such as trekking, cycling, camping and observation of flora and fauna and its characteristic demonstration plots where we can also carry out rural tourism. 

You can also see a variety of birds, among which there are pepites, rattlesnakes, hummingbirds of the mosquito bird type and the amazilia, chiguacos, kestrels and eagles (parabuteo unicinctus).

As you can also see foxes, pumas, deer and alpacas, among others. 

Japani Ruins

Located in the northwest of the province of Huarochirí, at 3,500 meters above sea level. The Japani Ruins have a temperate climate and radiant sunshine almost all year round. To get there, it is necessary for the tourist to travel on horseback because most of the way is uphill, making your itinerary a unique experience.

Matucana

The city of Matucana is one of the few Lima cities that still preserve in its territory, a good portion of natural settings that can be visited. 

The district of Matucana, located in the province of Huarochirí, is located at about 2,398 m.a.s.l. It has a dry and temperate climate. Its lands are fertile, and corn, wheat, barley, oregano and beans are grown on it. In this town, you can locate the Antankallo Waterfall, where the traveler can enjoy a swim in the open air, while observing the panorama. 

Matucana offers the different natural scenarios that it presents, above all, for adventure tourism since its geographical accidents allow the practice of trekking, mountain biking, camping, rock climbing, among others. One of the main natural attractions of Matucana is the Antankallo Waterfall, which is reached after passing through the Chucmayo River Gorge; Antankallo is a precipitation of water of approximately twenty meters; the journey to the waterfall requires a walk of approximately one hour, during which time you reach a hanging wooden bridge, which is the access road to the site, and where you must pay (s/2.00 for adults and s/1.00 for child), to be able to continue towards these. 

Another natural site not to be missed if you visit Matucana are the Twin Lagoons of Orcococha which, according to nearby residents, would have been made by the same ancient residents of the valley, even before the time the Incas arrived in these lands. In fact, near these lagoons it is possible to observe the remains of an archaeological complex. 

One more attraction of the city of Matucana is the Face of Christ, that is a capricious stone formation that seems to recreate the face of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is why it gets its name.

Chumpicocha Lagoon

Beautiful lagoon with whitish waters that is formed by the melting of the Andes mountain range, which is surrounded by it. The site is a pleasant place that is part of different scheduled tourist circuits in the province. 

Three windows

This is a set of caves that, it is believed, would have housed the first populations of the place 10,000 years ago. Remains of the lithic works they made have been found on the site: between spear points and others. 

Snowy of Pariacaca

Formerly the snowy of Pariacaca was considered an Andean deity. This is a prominent snow-capped mountain from which springs water that gives life to the surrounding fields. 

Huarochiri festivities

The province of Huarochirí is also important for the festivities that it presents, among which it is worth highlighting:

Feast of the Virgen del Amor Hermoso

It is a party that takes place every second Saturday of the month of May. This is celebrated with special emphasis on the town of Eduardo de Habich in the district of Surco. 

Las Hingas

Feast that is celebrated the first days of August; It is a scenic representation that dates back to the Inca empire and is mixed with traditional celebrations. 

Matucana-festivities-Huarochir

Political creation of Huarochirí

Celebration that brings together the entire population every August 4 to share as a people in different activities, such as social dances, serenades, among others. 

Water Festival

Events that take place in the first days of October with special emphasis on San Pedro de Casta where the famous irrigation ditch is carried out.

Best Trekking and Tours in Peru

Many are the routes that take you to Machu Picchu, but none is like the Inca Trail Tours, the most famous pedestrian path in the Americas. After flying from the capital of Perú, Lima, you will arrive in Cusco to walk for four days along a path through forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and discovering the ruins of ancient fortifications and Inca cities, and all the time enjoying majestic views. 

If you want to visit Machu Picchu, we recommend you to book your Machu Picchu Ticket in advance, so you will enjoy your Vacation in Machu Picchu without any problem. 

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