Central Highlands

This little-known archaeological site sits above San Pedro de Casta on a 4-sq-km plateau at 4100m. It's famed for its weirdly eroded rocks shaped into animals such as camels, turtles and seals. The formations have a mystical significance for some people, who claim they are signs of a pre-Inca culture or energy vortices. The walk up here from San Pedro is breath-sapping, but a delight.

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1. Waterfalls

23.78 MILES

The hike to these lovely cascades is good for walking off the huge platters of meat at La Choza de Omar at the bottom of the path. Follow the river up a…

2. Cantamarca

25.88 MILES

The most impressive of numerous Inca ruins peppering the road above Canta, the buildings at Cantamarca – a series of circular dwellings skittering down a…

3. Cajamarquilla

26.37 MILES

A pre-Columbian site, Cajamarquilla is a crumbling adobe city that was built up by the Wari culture (AD 700–1100) on the site of a settlement originally…