Last Sunday we went to meet the waterfall and the ruins of Perolniyoc which are located 40km north of Cusco. Departing from Cusco, we went to Ollantaytambo. You can go to Ollantaytambo in Collectivo (mini bus) or by taxi. If you prefer the comfort of a taxi, consider sharing it for the good of your wallet and environment! After these 40kms we had to take another transport for 30 minutes towards the village of Soqma.
Soqma started our hike to the Perolniyoc waterfall. Once in the place of Soqma we headed behind the school. From here we started walking on a hilly road to the left of a waterway. After about 1h30 of walking we arrived at the foot of the waterfall. This crystalline waterfall surrounded by vegetation extends over 100 metres in height. A real gift of nature that we had the chance to discover alone. We stayed at the edge of this waterfall about an hour and a half to picnic. No sign of tourists around this hour and a half. We were head to head with nature. What more could you ask for?
That's not all, Perolniyoc also holds an archaeological site of Inca ruins located at the top of the canyon! These are the ruins of Raqaypata. To get there we turned way and continued to climb into the valley. The path is indicated. It took us about an hour's walk to reach the top. During this walk we had the chance to admire great panoramic views of the valley as well as the waterfall of Perolniyoc that we saw entirely.
After visiting the site, we simply turned around and walked down the path to the driveway. In less than two hours we went down to the village of Soqma. Here our taxi (the one who had taken us from Ollantaytambo to Soqma) was waiting for us. Upstream, we had agreed with him an appointment to return. Transportation is very rare in this area. If you want to try the experience think about your transportation back. Alternatively, you can reach the main road that runs along the village of Soqma and hitchhike. Once again, watch out! This road is not very crowded!
In your turn, will you try the PEROLNIYOC experience?