Stone fortresses, lagoons with enigmatic reflections and archaeological centers not yet deciphered by science. These are some of the images that mark the trip through this area: In the districts of Ccoporaque and Suyckutambo, in the province of Espinar, Cusco, there is Tres Cañones. The experience takes three days and two nights. The best thing is that you take the services of an operator. The tour promises adventures and history.

It is about imposing rock formations over 80 meters high, surrounded by the Apurímac, Callumani and Cerritambo rivers. In the place there is a viewpoint where the visitor can stay as long as he wishes while observing the natural wonder.

The place, located at almost 4 thousand meters above sea level, was declared last August as a Regional Conservation Area (ACR) by the Ministry of the Environment, after several efforts of the management of Natural Resources and Environmental Management of the Regional Government of Cusco.

Tres Cañones has an extension of 39,485 hectares and is the habitat of animals such as alpacas, llamas, vizcachas and tarucas, with a bit of luck they can be observed. Among the flora stand out the great Queuñas and the unique Raimondi puyas of the place.

A few minutes away are the archaeological sites of Kanamarca and Mauka Llaqta, from pre-Inca and Inca periods, and the significance of their locations and constructions are still the subject of research by archaeologists.

“Our second step now is to develop the master plan of the ACR Tres Cañones. The execution of infrastructure activities for the area is coming. We have to build watch houses, improve basic services to receive tourists, we have to build interpretation centers, “said biologist Miguel Atausupa, manager of Natural Resources and Environmental Management of the regional government of Cusco.

He added that you already have the file for the signing of the agreement between Cusco and Arequipa to join three canyons with the Colca and create a new ecotourism corridor that will benefit the two regions.

Indeed, from Cusco, the trip to three canyons can take between 5 and 6 hours, passing previously by other tourist sites such as Tipón, Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, and the lagoon of Langui-Layo. From Espinar to Suyckultambo the road is still a path, but through the Copesco Plan of Cusco, it is expected that it will be paved in the short term.

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