When we speak of Ayacucho, we always think of its emblematic Holy Week celebrations, with its more than thirty colonial churches, the religious fervor of the population, and the many artistic representations that residents do to showcase their religious faith.
But Ayacucho does not limit itself as a religious destination, it also has more to offer, and one of our recommendations is a place that is almost 3 hours from the same city, at 3600 meters above sea level, the marvelous natural pools of MILLPU. Millpu means in Quechua «to swallow», these water wells are located on the banks of a canyon, bordered by green and dense vegetation, and encased within giant walls of rock, making this place a real natural gem that you should visit.
Once you arrive in the city of Ayacucho, you will take the Huamanga-Condorcocha-Cangallo route until you reach Huancapi, then divert to the Circamarca community, from where you will have to take a 20 to 30-minute walk to get to and enjoy the pools natural.
What is the best time to travel?
The ideal time to avoid the rains and embezzle yourself with the best of the attractions of this area, is between the months of May to December. In addition, you will find the least cold and most crystalline waters, giving the opportunity to visitors to take a bath without problems and enjoy the trip. We can also recommend you to plan your trip in the month of September, since in the town of Circamarca the patron saint festivities are held in tribute to water. If your visit is in this time, you will have the opportunity to see the locals who travel the mountains with their donkeys adorned with flowers, transporting water from the closest place to their communities, this ceremony is carried out in order not to be lacking water throughout the year.
How to get to Ayacucho from Lima?
You can take a bus that for around 10 hours will take you to the Capital of Popular Art: Ayacucho, or there is also the possibility of going by plane and arriving in just 1 hour.
What other activities can I do?
For the more adventurous, there are activities such as Rappel and Canyoning, the first is the rapid descent through the stone canyon, by ropes adjusted to the body of the traveler, while the second is to descend through the canyon and waterfalls with a kind of boat prepared to provide maximum security.
Of course, do not forget to try all the local cuisine in the Circamarca community. You will have delicious dishes like fried trout, the spicy potatoes with rice, the dried ram and the unique drink, Chicha de Jora. For dessert, a delicious pumpkin porridge.
If you have already visited the different tourist attractions of Ayacucho, take a dip in the turquoise waters of Millpu, a magical scenery and a hidden paradise waiting for you.
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