Hatun Machay

Hatun Machay - “big cave” in Quechua - is a stone forest that extends for 200 hectares at over 4200 m.a.s.l. In the past was a sacred place for the Incas; nowadays it is the most popular spot for foreign climbers and tourists who enjoy the walks between the caves to study the pictographs of the area. Located 76 km from Huaraz, it has a campsite, but due to the low temperatures during the night there is also a homely hut - refugio - for those who suffer from the cold. This is a truly magical place to climb; the volcanic rock is abrasive and varied, and the bolted routes now number well over 400, with many more to come. It’s a true climbing paradise.


Contact us to visit Hatun Machay; our guides will help you to discover the most astounding routes suitable for your level. It is worth the detour just to explore it on foot, but once there it’s hard to resist the urge to scale these magnificent rocks…

En desarrollo de lo dispuesto en el artículo 17 de la Ley 679 de 2001, la agencia advierte al turista que la explotación y el abuso sexual de menores de edad en el país son sancionados penal y administrativamente, conforme a las leyes vigentes.

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