Poc Poc Waterfall in Cusco: A Hidden Paradise

18 de May de 2023

Today we will talk about a natural tourist attraction that is located in the town of Chinchero, to reach the place we must walk for a few hours and see the beautiful catarata Poc Poc that has a height of at least 35 m on average.

Here we will talk more about the history, legends, why it is called Poc Poc waterfall, how to get to the falls and some recommendations that you should take into account before traveling to this tourist destination:

How to get to the Poc Poc waterfall?

The Poc Poc waterfall is about 3 km from the town of Chinchero, to reach this destination we must pass through the Chinchero market, you will notice that the Inca Trail begins there.

You must enter through an alley that will lead us to the archaeological site, continue on the road until you reach the town of Urquillos where you can see part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, following this route you reach the waterfall, on the way you will see small waterfalls, potato crops.

In addition, being only one route it is difficult to get lost and it is accessible for walking, although you will have to go up and down along the way. The whole hike will take you about 40 minutes to 1 hour depending on how you advance and the return is the same way.

Once in the place you can take pictures, enjoy the water and if you wish you can take a dip, it will be one of the best experiences you will take from this place.

What can we observe around the Poc Poc Waterfall?

As we said the road has beautiful viewpoints, vegetation, well start walking we will be surrounded by a lot of vegetation with a more temperate environment, you will see a very important mountain Antaykilka, on the way you will see small waterfalls.

The trunks of the trees protruding from the abyss look as if they were hanging, the wind that runs through the place is refreshing, the wooden bridge and everything that surrounds the waterfall is definitely amazing.

Getting to Poc Poc Waterfall from Cusco

We start our trip in the city of Cusco, for this you must go to the bus station that is in Belempampa, these go to Chinchero. Once in Chinchero we must start our hike to the Poc Poc waterfall, it is the same route that you mentioned in the question of how to get to this waterfall.

Travel time from Cusco

From the city of Cusco to the town of Chinchero is approximately 50 minutes to 1 hour, from the town to the tourist attraction is 45 minutes, it all depends on the pace of walking you do, in total it would be 2 hours to get to Poc Poc.

For the weather do not worry because during the day it is mild, but at night and early morning if it is cold so it is advisable that you always wear warm clothes, if you are going to visit the waterfall keep in mind that between the months of: November to March is rainy season so wear waterproof clothing and from April to October the rains are few, but it is not superfluous to be forewarned.

Recommendations for travel to the Poc Poc waterfalls

During the trip, keep in mind to take some things with you:

  • Always carry your ID card if you are a national or Cusquenian tourist, if you are a foreign tourist carry your passport or official document.
  • Bring plenty of water, preferably in a sippy cup or canteen.
  • If you go with a backpack, take the necessary items such as snacks, fruits, etc. Remember not to throw garbage on the road and in the waterfall itself.
  • Preferably bring another change of polo shirt, hiking shoes, sun block and a hat.
  • Don't forget to always have cash on hand.

Visit the Poc Poc waterfall with illapa.com

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