Canta – Lagoon route

June 30, 2017

Canta is in the highland outside of Lima city. Rural, small towns with a cold weather and sunny sky.

We started our trip at 6:20 am. After one hour up the north highway you need to enter through 23A (of course this depends from when you’re leaving, but the exit is the same). Three hours later we arrived at Canta Town for a brunch before heading to the lagoons.

Canta Town – Main Square

Tip: do this, eat brunch ’cause you won’t see any food along the way until you arrive at Marcapomacocha small town.

This is a roadtrip, literally…no treks or anything. The lagoons are along the way right beside the road. Still it is beautiful if you just wanna scape the city and you just need a full day.

Laguna chuchún

Laguna 7 colores

Laguna Yantac

For lunch we stopped to eat at the last set of lagoons, there is a small town, that seems almost like a ghost town called Marcamapocha. There’s not much, we only found one place to eat that doesn’t have many dishes to offer, specially for me ’cause I’m a pesquetarian and there was no trucha  -ironic since the fish farm is right next to it -. 

After it on our way back we made a turn to go see the falls of Cariscapacha. You’ll need to park next to the driveway and then make your way down to them. Shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes, just be careful, it is a steep way down, but totally worthy.

Catarata Cariscapacha

We headed back around 6pm. You’ll get to see beautiful angles of the little snow there is in the mountains.

Cordillera de la Viuda


Advice: Be very careful while driving in The Carretera Central cause there is a lot of trucks who are willing to let you die around every corner. 

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