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The canyon of turquoise mirrors in Cusco

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The world is full of big and small wonders that surprise more and more, like what happened with the mountain of Pallay punchu in Layo. See that until recently almost nobody knew about the existence of the turquoise pools of Muñapata, which is not far from Urcos in Cusco, 50 km.


A short distance from the city of Urcos in the department of Cusco is one of the newest tourist destinations in the region. This is the Turquoise Mirrors Canyon, also known as the Turquoise Water Mirrors of Muñapata. You can go to this destination with a tour or on your own. The entrance to this natural attraction is 7 Peruvian soles for foreigners and 5 Peruvian soles. Learn more about this popular site.


Turquoise pools of Muñapata

The turquoise pools of Muñapata are a set of turquoise mirrors located in a canyon, which have an incredible beauty, combined with the rock formations and the natural environment that give it a unique landscape.


During the pandemic, many attractions were discovered in Cusco, this is the case of this natural wonder located in Urcos: The turquoise pools of Muñapata. Specifically, these species of pools became known thanks to the viralization of a video through TikTok that showed this place and the beauty of the colors of its waters.

  • Location Quispicanchi Province, 56 km south of Cusco
  • Distance from Cusco by car approximately 2 hours
  • Ticket cost approximately 7 soles
  • Activities visit the turquoise waters, visit Andahuaylillas, visit Pikillacta

What are the turquoise pools of Muñapata?

These are a tourist attraction that is located in Urcos, province of Quispicanchi in Cusco. It is made up of turquoise-colored water wells that are submerged in the ground, forming pools in a small canyon that belongs to the town of Muñapata.


These wells guarantee travelers one of the best postcards and views of Cusco. It is worth mentioning that these waters are not for bathing or cooling off, but rather, they are for human consumption, so they must be taken care of.


How to get to the turquoise pools of Muñapata?

The turquoise pools canyon is located about 56 kilometers by road from the city of Cusco, it belongs to the community of Muñapata, district of Urcos and province of quispicanchi. In order to reach this natural beauty we must follow the following steps:

  • First: To get there you must follow the following route: Cusco – Urcos – Muñapata – Canyon of turquoise mirrors.
  • The first stretch Cusco – Urcos can be done by public transport. The buses leave from Huayruropata street in the city of Cusco. This first section takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • Second: The second section Urcos - Muñapata can be done in a taxi from the main square of Urcos. This second stretch takes approximately 15 minutes.
  • Third: Finally: Muñapata – Canyon of turquoise mirrors is done on foot. The walk is approximately 20 minutes.

Ticket Cost

  • Foreign tourist: 7 soles
  • National tourist: 5 soles
  • Visitor from Cusco: 3 soles
  • Children: 3 soles

Climate in the turquoise pools of Muñapata

The weather in this area is very cold, we recommend dressing warmly and wearing a rain jacket just in case. During the dry season, the days are sunny and in the rainy season, sometimes the days are cloudy.


Why are these pools turquoise?

These waters adopt their turquoise color because they come from the tops of the surrounding mountains and these are saline. Because? because they contain carbonates, especially calcium produced by the erosion of limestone rocks that exist in the bed of this river.


Thanks to the sun's rays, they give it a turquoise color that provides this incredible view worthy of any cover.


What to bring to the visit?

  • Good slippers.
  • Poncho in case of rain.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Snacks or fruits.
  • Rehydration drinks.
  • documents.
  • Photographic camera.
  • Cash.

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