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Nor Yauyos-Cochas Reserve

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Nor Yauyos-Cochas Reserve
The Nor Yauyos-Conchas Reserve is a natural reserve, where some of the most beautiful sceneries of the Peruvian highlands can be found. It offers really stunning landscapes, majestic mountains and glaciers, superb turquoise lagoons and some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country.

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Department: Lima y Junín
Province: Yauyos (Lima) y Jauja (Junín)

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Nor Yauyos-Cochas Reserve
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The Nor Yauyos-Conchas Reserve is a natural reserve, where some of the most beautiful sceneries of the Peruvian highlands can be found. It offers really stunning landscapes, majestic mountains and glaciers, superb turquoise lagoons and some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country.
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The Nor Yauyos-Conchas Reserve, located in the departments of Lima and Junin, is a natural reserve where some of the most beautiful sceneries of the Peruvian highlands can be found. The reserve covers an area of over 220,000 hectares divided between the two departments. It offers really stunning landscapes, majestic mountains and glaciers, superb turquoise lagoons, deep canyons and ravines and some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. It is a perfect summary of the most beautiful things nature can provide.

The reserve offers a wide variety of flora like the spectacular Puya Raimondii, which during its more than 100 years of life, can reach up to 12 meters high and can produce up to 8000 flowers. You can also see many species of birds such as ducks, grebes, hummingbirds, owls, condors, hawks and herons. A variety of animals lives in the reserve : Andean cuys, skunks, pumas, wild cats, alpacas, llamas and vicuñas, vizcachas, marmosas and a multitude of rodents. It is truly a unique and unforgettable spectacle to see all these animals evolve in their natural habitat. To see them, we recommend a lot of patience and ... respect !

At the southern entrance to the reserve you can find the town of Laraos, located about 3310 meters above sea level and famous for its Andeans terraces, one of the most important and best preserved in the Peruvian Andes. Built in pre-Inca times, the dozens of stone terraces and irrigation system irrigation channels are still used today by the villagers for growing corn. In the back of the town you can find the Cochapampa lake with its amazing turquoise color. During drought it is used as a soccer field because of the absence of water. The Pumacocha caves are located not far from the lake. With its 638 meters deep, the "Sima de Pumacocha" is the deepest siphon in South America. For experts only !

Going a little deeper in the reserve, you can find the town of Alis where the famous Uchco Canyon is located. Here, the road passes between two impressive stone walls forming a giant gorge tens of meters high. In the town of Miraflores, you can find the ancient village of Huaquis, a fortress of stone and mud that has a singular beauty.

The main attractions of the reserve are located near the towns of Huancaya and Vilca. Huancaya is a cute and quaint little town of about 1000 inhabitants, located in the heart of the reserve, about 3550 meters above sea level. At the entrance of the village you can see four colonial bridges built in stone and still in very good condition. A few meters away from the bridge, you can see beautiful waterfalls and a camping area. Waking up with the sound and the view of the superb falls nearby is a lovely experience. At 10 km of Huancaya is Vilca, a nice little town located about 3820 meters above sea level. It also keeps intact a colonial bridge and in the same way that Huancaya, it is surrounded by beautiful transparent waterfalls. Leaving the village, you can climb until a lookout where you can see the town and its surroundings. Walking a little further you get to the Papacocha Lake, which is flanked by the so-called "Forest of Love". It consists of a multitude of little waterfalls coming down from the lake to reach levels located several tens of meters below. hey seem like an immense water stairs, a real masterpiece of nature.

Between Huancaya and Vilca you can find several of the most beautiful waterfalls and cascades of the reserve, such as Cabracancha, Carhuayno, Chucupata, etc. There are also beautiful turquoise lakes like Huallhua, Cajahore, Huancacruz and Laguna Grande. Some travel agencies offer to do kayaking or canoeing in the Cañete river, the lakes and waterfalls, but there are also many trails along them to hike around. Another option is to see them from the road. The river that feeds all these ponds and waterfalls is full of trout and sport fishing can also be done.

At the north end of the reserve, between the villages of Tanta and Canchayllo, there is a majestic mountain rising to more than 6000 msnsm and covered by eternal snows, Pariaccaca. Thaws formed beautiful lagoons like Temblera or Azulcocha. There are some of the most stunning landscapes of the reserve. Near the town of Tanta, at the foot of the Tranjipunta mountain (5186 msnsm), you can find the Mullococha lake, located more than 4600 meters above sea level. It is easily recognized because of the small island that emerges from its waters. The waters of the Escalera lake, located more than 4400 meters above sea level, have up to 7 shades of color, which give it a mystical particularity. About 100 meters from the lake, you can see the cave paintings of Cuchimachay, vestiges of the Huarochiranos, primitive men who inhabited this land 8000 years ago. Near Tanta, the Atarhuay lake, located at over 4400 meters above sea level, is a real natural mirror reflecting the amazing scenery that surrounds it.

We attempted to present a representative sample of the incredible sumptuousness of the reserve, but you have to take into account that it offers much more and that words can not describe the beauty of its landscapes and its lakes, waterfalls, mountains and hills. We invite you to visit the reserve for several days, to have time to dive completely into it to appreciate all it has to offer. It is the ideal place for trekking or hiking, camping, bird and animal watching, horseback riding, fishing, boating or canoeing and rock climbing.
Complete list of tours
To see all the agencies with tours to the Nor Yauyos-Cochas Reserve, you can click here.
Location
The town of Huancaya is located about 135 km east of Lima (300 km by the Carretera Central - 7 to 8 hours, and 340 km by the Panamericana Sur - 7 to 8 hours).

District : Alis, Carania, Huancaya, Laraos, Miraflores, Tanta, Tomas, Vitis (province of Yauyos) y Canchayllo (province of Jauja)
Province : Yauyos (department of Lima) y Jauja (department of Junin)
Department : Lima y Junin

Coordinates : -12.07220, -75.86540


By the Carretera Central :
Paved stretch : 225 km (Lima – Pachacayo)
Dirt road : 75 km (Pachacayo – Huancaya)
Vehicle type : 4x4

By the Panamericana Sur :
Paved stretch (with some dirt road parts) : 328 km (LimaHuancaya)
Vehicle type : All
Altitude
Laraos : 3300 m
Huancaya : 3550 m
Canchayllo : 3610 m
Tanta : 4400 m
How to get there ?
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How to get to Huancaya ?

How to get there from Lima with your own transport :

- By the Carretera Central : Exit Lima by the Carretera Central and ride until the city of La Oroya (+/- 185 km, 3h to 3h30 depending on traffic). In La Oroya, follow the road in direction of Huancayo until you reach the town of Pachacayo (+/- 40 km, between 30 and 45 minutes depending on traffic). In Pachacayo, take the detour to Huancaya (+/- 75 km, 3 to 4 hours).

- By the Panamerica Sur : Exit Lima by the Panamericana Sur and ride until the town of Cerro Azul (km 132), then take the detour to the city of Cañete (+/- 150 km, 2h to 2h30 depending on traffic). Continue to the town of Lunahuana (+/- 47 km, 40 minutes to 1 hour depending on traffic). Skip Lunahuana and follow in the same road until you reach Huancaya (+/- 142 km, 3 to 4 hours).

How to get there by public transport :

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To see all the tourist attractions of the department of Lima, you can click here.
Nearby cities
Nearby cities :
La Oroya : 115 km (by road)
Huancayo : 156 km (by road)
Tarma
 : 168 km (by road)

Major cities :
Lima : 300 km (by road)
Cusco : 1022 km (by road)
Arequipa
 : 1045 km (by road)
Puno : 1356 km (by road)
Department
The Maras Salt Mine is located in the department of Lima.

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