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Marcahuasi, Lima

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Geologic Formation Nature / Park
More adventurous travelers will want to tackle the hike to Marcahuasi, a plateau featuring interesting ruins and rock formations eroded into animal and human shapes. Bring suitable footwear and embark on the hike to the top of the 4,000 m (13,123 ft) plateau, where you can explore the ancient granite rocks. View the camel, frog, Inca's head, and other aptly named structures of mysterious origin. Have a picnic or even camp out on the remote plateau. Using our world travel planner, Lima attractions like Marcahuasi can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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One of Peru's most expensive destinations, Lima offers accommodations that range from modern hotel high-rises to family-run guesthouses. Most visitors stay in Barranco, Miraflores, or San Isidro, three of the city's safest and prettiest neighborhoods, which offer a good selection of budget lodgings. For something truly authentic, look for hotels located in restored mansions, many of which offer pleasant rooms overlooking manicured enclosed gardens, ideal for enjoying romantic meals or hosting small private parties.
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  • My boyfriend and I went for a weekend and it was AMAZING! We went through a great affordable trekking company, TrekkingPeru that was S./160 soles per person ($47) and we went on a holiday weekend so t...  more »
  • If you like walking for hours and enjoy unusual places away from crowds this is definitely worth it, don't expect more than amazing rock formations and breathtaking views.  more »
  • we took a microbus from Lima to chosica, and another bus from chosica to San Pedro de casta (see the lonely planet's instructions of how to get there) it was cheap, gorgeous and completely unexpected!...  more »