Location: Marcahuasi (3,935 masl - 12,910 fasl), district of San Pedro de Casta, Huarochirí province.
Climate: cold and dry.
Average temperature: 18°C (64°F), at night it often drops to 0°C (32°F).
Season: from May to September.
This is a place full of mysteries; Marcahuasi is on a very high plateau, from where it is possible to look out over the beautiful scenery of the valleys surrounding Lima.
It is famous for its enormous rocks, which have been sculpted by natural forces such as the wind, rain and temperature over thousands of years and have taken remarkable forms, including anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures (camels, frogs, lions, condors, tortoises). The largest rocks are the Amphitheatre, the Labyrinth and the Monument to Humanity which, many say, has the characteristics of all five races that populate the Earth. Some say that it is a good place for UFO sightings, but this place undoubtedly has high levels of energy due to its volcanic origins. Similar to the Australian monolith Uluru, this sacred mountain is one of the most important energy centres in the world. Since ancient times, locals have journeyed up to this plateau to worship their gods.
In addition, it is surrounded by stunning scenery and lagoons, and wildlife that only lives in these high regions. The area is perfect for bird watching, camping and trekking.
Access by Land: Lima – Chosica via the Carretera Central (Central Road), followed by the road to San Pedro de Casta (89 km - 55 miles- north-east of Lima). From here, the top is reached on foot (2 hours) or riding an animal.