The Poc Poc waterfall is one of the most beautiful natural tourist attractions in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is only a 3 kilometer walk from the town of Chinchero. This trek is through a part of the famous Inca trails (qhapac ñan). After almost 1 hour on the road, we arrive at this beautiful waterfall that reaches a height of approximately 35 meters. This adventurous route is completely free for all tourists.
The Poc Poc waterfalls are perhaps a tourist attraction that was little known. One of the most incredible creations of nature that is located a few kilometers from the city of Cusco that promises to dazzle us with such an impressive dimension.
If you were looking for information on how to visit this wonder of nature, it is important that you know these important aspects:
The Poc Poc waterfall is one of the most beautiful natural tourist attractions in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is a waterfall with a waterfall of approximately 35 meters. Around there is an incredible landscape of high mountains.
The waterfall comes from the high peaks of the Antaquilca mountain. You must travel about 3 kilometers from the town of Chinchero, through a part of the famous Inca trails, the so-called qhapac ñan. The route is surrounded by vegetation characterized by the presence of eucalyptus trees, molle and flowers such as the kantu and more.
The waterfall has cold waters not suitable for enjoying a dip. However, the beautiful landscape of the waterfall, the intense flora of the place and the high mountains are an incomparable spectacle. Currently the place is free entry. There are no tourist guides or tours to this place. The way to go is on your own.
The Poc Poc waterfall is located in the middle of the Inca trail that connects the towns of Chinchero with Urquillos, at the height of the Antaquilca mountain. The waterfall is located at about 3,400 meters above sea level.
You can take small vans in group service that leave from Belenpampa, Cusco district to Chinchero for an approximate cost of 5 soles. The average arrival time will be 1 hour to the Chinchero terminal, where we will begin our walk.
If we are looking for more personalized transportation, we can choose to go to Pavitos street and directly hire a car that will take us to Chinchero. Naturally, the cost of this service will be somewhat higher.
We will start the tour passing through the Chinchero market until the beginning of an original Inca trail located almost behind the archeological center of Chinchero. We enter through an Inca wall-style alley and most of this route will be somewhat winding, that is, ups and downs.
We will arrive at the foot of a narrow valley where we will find a stream that will show us the path to follow. After descending for approximately 1 hour of walking, we will have reached a hut, from here everything will be stairs going up and down until we hit the impressive waterfall.
This path is not difficult, we just have to follow the signs of the place and we assure you that you will not get lost. The tour is scheduled for the whole day, from approximately 7 am to 7 pm. With an approximate walking time of 2 hours to reach the point and 2 hours to return, we assure you 4 hours of full adventure.
Once at Poc Poc Falls, the way back has 2 options:
During your walk you will find some ladies from the area who will be able to sell you snacks and soft drinks, however if you want something more substantial, we recommend you opt for a late lunch in Urquillos at the end of your walk or take a small cold cut so you don't have such a bad time.