South Coast

Around 7km south of Pucusana, off Km 64 along Carr Panamericana Sur, is the turnoff to the village of Chilca, famed for its muddy and mineral-rich lagoons, one of which is nicknamed La Milagrosa (the Miracle). The bathing pools allegedly have power to heal everything from infertility to acne – and some believers credit this to intervention by aliens in UFOs. A mototaxi (three-wheeled motorcycle rickshaw taxi) from Carr Panamericana Sur to the pools costs about S5 each way.

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Nearby South Coast attractions

1. Gremio de Pescadores de Puscana

4.14 MILES

This is quite a scene at any time of day with oil-skinned fishermen battling with huge whale-sized fish while snappy-beaked pelicans inspect their work…

2. El Boquerón

4.17 MILES

Follow the sound of crashing waves to this blowhole located just one block west of the malecón. There's a tiny beach, plus a few restaurants with perfect…

3. Ichimay Wari

16.97 MILES

Lurín is a working-class enclave 50km south of Central Lima on the Panamericana. At its southern edge, crafts collective Ichimay Wari has its studios…

4. Pachacamac

20.6 MILES

Situated about 31km southeast of the city center, the archaeological complex of Pachacamac is a pre-Columbian citadel with adobe and stone palaces and…