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If you find yourself in or around Chachapoyas it’s either because you had enough time to add this destination into your itinerary after seeing Machu Pichu and Cuzco, or it’s because you’re the kind of backpacker who really wants to see something a little less-popular. Well, Chachapoyas is the perfect town, and nearby there are some perfect attraction to excite your sense of adventure.
Not far from Huaraz, there is an ancient set of stones dominating the bend in a river. Chavin de Huantar sits in a deep valley, surrounded by soaring cliffs and hills. The road to get there curves over the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, passing through the Parque Nacional de Huascaran, beside glacial lakes and wavy prairie grasses.
Cusco is just the beginning of an adventure to see all the great Incan ruins of the Sacred Valley. Pariwana Cusco is a superb place to get you ready, and possibly to team up with other backpackers to head out into the valley. There’s so much to see, and you’ll have to consider time when deciding if stopping in Urubamba is a good idea.
If you’re staying at the Pariwana in Lima, you’ll be happy to learn that you’re already set up for a direct bus line to one of the city’s most magnificent nights out. Step out of the front door, take a left and board whatever bus is yelling “todo Arequipa!” One sol should get you to the gates of the Park of Water.