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Nicole
Portland, OR26 contributions
Oct. 2019 • Solo
As some of the other reviews have mentioned, getting to Marcahuasi is not for the faint of heart. You take a road that’s cut into the mountainside (picture attached) that you drive too ridiculously fast up.

The hike up isn’t a beginner’s hike - it’s only a mile from where you park but it has a steep incline and the altitude can hit you quickly if you’re not used to it, which I wasn’t. But I stopped and rested A LOT and managed to make it okay. I was quite short of breath and a little light headed. I started to get a headache toward the end but it went away by the time we reached Lima. I did take some Gravol that I had gotten at the pharmacy the night before, as well as some Excedrin.

But it was all worth it. By the time I reached the cliffs at the top I was a little emotional. It was an unforgettable moment.

I’d highly recommend the Stone Forest. Bring sunscreen, a hat, some good walking shoes, and water.
Written 6 October 2019
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Gabriela C
2 contributions
Feb. 2019
My partner and I went to Marcahuasi in early February of 2019. The experience was magical! At 4,000 m above sea level Marcahuasi makes for some incredible sights. It was the rainy season so we were met with very thick fog which made for a very mystic experience. We were also able to see what locals call the ‘colchón de nubes’ or ‘mattress of clouds’ which means at the highest point you can look down and see a bed of clouds below you. We booked a tour to Marcahuasi with a tour agency we found on Facebook named: Adventure Extreme Peru, the tour guide was Aldair. We paid 160 soles per person, which included the tour guide and the transportation. We left at 6:00 am on Saturday and were back in Lima at 6:00 pm on Sunday night. Aldair was a fabulous guide, telling us stories, history and culture. The tour group was composed of about 9 people, we had a bonfire at night and it was very enjoyable. Marchahuasi is very cold and it is very important to bring warm clothes. We rented a tent and sleeping bags at the town of San Pedro de Casta (The sleeping bag was 25 S/ each and a tent for both of us was 40 S) they were very high quality! Although the journey through the windy roads is intense and the altitude sickness can be strong at the top, it was an incredible experience worth all the trouble!! I will be back :)
Written 19 March 2019
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Caitlin H
11 contributions
Sep. 2018 • Couples
I booked a day trip from Lima to Marcahuasi with Carlos. (I'm not sure why I am not able to post a review to his page, but this is the link if it is of interest:

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/AttractionProductDetail-g294316-d14226628-Off_road_in_Marcahuasi-Lima_Lima_Region.html?from_tpa=true

It was a few hours drive with Carlos in his off-road vehicle, through some interesting towns and up some steep, rocky, mountain roads. Carlos was very knowledgable and it was evident that he loves what he does. His rescue dog Cusi even came along for the ride. The ride up the mountain was a blast and the views were stunning.

For us it was actually a really great way to start acclimating to the altitude for when we went to Cusco a few days earlier, as the Marcahuasi Stone forest is quite a bit higher than Lima.

The hike up was fairly easy, wide dirt paths, and no scrambling, but we felt the effects of the altitude a little bit at the top. (Just a little light headedness)

Carlos treated us to the best fish lunch at a local patio in San Pedro, the town right below Marcahuasi.

All in all a great day. I would highly reccomend going with Carlos. He was awesomet to hang out with and we learned so much more than if we tried to go on our own. His vehicle was also a lot safer on the switchbacks than the collectivos.
Written 17 January 2019
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Jim E
Shelby, MT322 contributions
Dec. 2018 • Family
Either be in fit shape or leave more time to enjoy the trek. I am 75 and the elevation change really hit me. The thing I did not like was how "tourists" have disrespected the area by leave their trash all over the trail and site. Whatever happened to "take only pictures, leave only footprints" there is a lot written about Marcahuasi..I found myself repeating WOW countless times.
Written 24 December 2018
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udai113
New Delhi, India147 contributions
Nov. 2018 • Solo
I honestly found Marcahuasi as the most disappointing place in Peru. Have been here for upward of 20 days and seen some fantastic places - Volcan chachani (6,000+ metres), Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Humantay Lake, Huacachina. This was really a big disappointment - there was nothing there. Couple of lakes and rocks - it could have been any other mountain. Really! Not worth the two day trip from Lima. Wouldn't recommend it at all.
Written 6 November 2018
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cvelezrice
Saint Cloud, MN11 contributions
Jul. 2018
I went to Marcahuasi because my husband who loves everything that challenges your mind wanted to see it. He had read about it and watch some videos and found it very appealing. There are many stories and theories sourrounding this rock formation site, many believe it to be the place where ancient civilizations lived before going to Egypt, others think they were different ones with advanced technology who inhabited Peru and others include Mexico. Anyways, for me, it was too hard of a hike, even for my husband, 54, who had been used to hike living in the mountains, it was exhausting. They tell you the height but not the elevation, this last one is what makes it so hard. Even people used to hike find it hard. The only ones who think is not that hard are the ones who live there and are used to hike up and down, coming to and back from the little town of San Pedro de Casta, to get some groceries, etc..
It was supposed to be a 3 hour hike but it takes you longer, not only the elevation but the feeling of absence of oxigen. If I can make it you can make it, believe me, I never really hiked before, but to be honest I hated it. The company we did it gave us a very small and light fabric tent that kept us cold during the night when the temperatures drop to zero celsius, so instead of resting we got worse. Too small for two. You have one toilet in the camping site but no anymore amenities. WHAT REALLY WAS WORTHY was to see the reason you went there. The rock formations. Theories say they were made and left by an ancient civilization that inhabited Peru, left as a testimony of what they saw. Some of those formations are very "clear" and look just like what they claim to be, for instance, the sea lions, the testimony of humanity, etc.. but some of them make you doubt thinking it is just a natural formation. I came back home with 50 -50 belief system. I did not feel anything magestic or weird or unusual, maybe you need to be tuned to it, and I was not. My husband who is tuned did not either, although he felt a lot of peace there and wants to come back again.

The tour guide was nice, with limited English but very willing to make herself be understood and very kind to respond to our needs and questions. Long trip from Miraflores. We had to take a taxi to meet the guide and then a bus, then another bus. It was about 3 hours, 3 and half with the waiting to get to San Pedro and then 3 or 3 and half more hiking-climbing to Marcahuassi. It is a huge place with a lot to see, but it does not take long for you to see the formations, what takes so much time is getting there.

Many people never heard of Marcahuassi, this is for people who like to challenge physically and also the mind set
Written 15 October 2018
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Sam P
Sam P
United Kingdom8 contributions
Jun. 2018 • Solo
I had a fantastic time in Marcahuasi. From Lima it takes approximately 4 hours by bus/taxi but it is completely worth it. The scenery on the way up to Marcahuasi was both breath-taking and nerve-wrecking with the outer wheel of the bus coming within an inch of the cliff-edge on numerous occasions but hey, that's Peru! Marcahuasi is approximately 4,000m above sea level so altitude sickness can easily take its toll, I felt very short of breath throughout my ascent as I didn't have much time to acclimatise at all. It is widely believed that chewing cocoa leaves or drinking it as a tea greatly reduces the effects of altitude sickness. Once you're up there, be wary of how close you are to the sun! Sun cream is essential as you can be burnt badly from as little as 30 minutes unprotected in the sun. Bring lots of warm clothes! Do not underestimate the cold just because the sun is out during the day. Temperatures can drop to as low as 1-2 degrees celsius (unbearable without suitable warm-wear!). Snacks and simple meals such as lomo soltados can be purchased at the top of Marcahuasi as well as firewood. Be sure to bring your camera as there are some fantastic photo opportunities such as surrounding mountain peaks and unique rock formations. Would recommend to anybody who wants to get out of Lima for a weekend. Safe travels! :)
Written 1 August 2018
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Stephen M
Stephen M
County Dublin, Ireland28 contributions
Jul. 2018 • Friends
i camped in marcahuasi and it was one of the best experiences of my life. we got a car to drive us half way up the trek because they had ran out of donkeys to carry our bags well we walked and i actually have no idea how people do that full trek. The altitude has such an effect on you it really makes it difficult! But when you do reach the top theres a really nice area to camp and wow... the view looking over the mountains is the most beautiful thing Ive ever seen and that is no exaggeration. The nights can be really cold once the fire goes out so try buy as much firewood as you can cause it does sell it later into the night! I cant recommend this enough as a nice way to escape the busy city of lima.
Written 1 August 2018
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gmancini1
Cusco, Peru18 contributions
Feb. 2018 • Solo
Stepping out of Lima is not easy. This is the best weekend trip imo. You have to be quite fit and bring camping equipment, but the views are stunning and the skies full of stars at night
Written 26 March 2018
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sonalitid
Lima, Peru9 contributions
Apr. 2017 • Couples
I have been 3 times there and be sure i will try many other times, is magical and you get the best experience in your life in a natural place with not too much money.
Written 10 November 2017
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