Millpu Turquoise Waters
Turquoise Waters of Millpu: Updated Guideline
If you are thinking of traveling to Peru, Ayacucho can become one of the destinations to enjoy one of the hidden gems of this wonderful country: the Millpu natural turquoise waters. The Millpu turquoise river, made up of around 20 natural wells, is located in the community of Circamarca in the department of Ayacucho.
Peru is a country that never ceases to amaze us with its immense natural beauty; From the colorful rainbow mountain, the teal waters of the Humantay lake, the boiling river of Shanay Timpishka in the Peruvian Amazon to the incredible turquoise river of Millpu taken out from a fairy tale.
1. How to get to the Turquoise Waters of Millpu?
Before visiting the turquoise waters of Millpu, the first thing you have to do is get to the city of Huamanga in the department of Ayacucho.
Ayacucho has several attractions and little by little it is being visited in greater quantity; You can get to this city by land and air and these are the most popular routes.
- Lima is the only city that has flights to the city of Huamanga, which is the capital of the department of Ayacucho.
From Lima to Ayacucho, flights depart throughout the day from 5:25 am to 14:45 pm, the flight lasts 1 hour and 5 minutes and the companies that provide this service are: Latam, Sky Airline, LC Perú.
Among the companies with the best service that I use and that I can recommend are: Cruz del Sur, Movil bus and Palomino.
- If you would like to go by bus from Lima to Ayacucho, the buses usually leave from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm; the trip lasts around 13 hours.
- If you would like to go by bus from Ica to Ayacucho, the buses usually leave from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm; the trip lasts around 8 hours.
- If you would like to go by bus from Nazca to Ayacucho, the buses usually leave from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm; the trip lasts around 6 hours and a half.
- If you would like to go by bus from Arequipa to Ayacucho, the buses usually leave from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm; the trip lasts around 17 hours.
- If you would like to go by bus from Moquegua to Ayacucho, the buses leave from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm; the trip lasts around 19 hours.
- If you would like to go by bus from Tacna to Arequipa, the buses usually leave from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm; the trip lasts around 20 hours.
- If you would like to go by bus from Cusco to Ayacucho, the buses usually leave from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm; the trip lasts around 14 hours.
- If you would like to go by bus from Puno to Arequipa, the buses usually leave from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm; the trip lasts around 18 hours and a half.
We don’t have a commercial partnership with any of the bus companies mentioned in this guideline, we are not responsible for any misunderstanding or problem with said companies: the recommendations l make are based on my personal experience.
2. Where to sleep in Ayacucho?
Ayacucho is a very welcoming city and people is not used to receive foreign tourists, however you can find very cheap hostels and hotels from 1 to 3 stars is very easy, most of them are in the main square and surroundings.
One of the most important things, if not the most important of the trips, is the lodging, normally this represents 50% or more of your expense and can make your stay unforgettable, in a good or bad way.
To book a hotel always keep the following in mind:
- Access to public transport.
- Free WIFI.
- Room size.
- Treatment of staff.
- Quality of service.
- Read reviews from other travelers.
3. What to do in Ayacucho?
Ayacucho Capital of Popular Art and Crafts of Peru in addition to the well known turquoise waters of Millpu, has many other attractions to offer. All of the mentioned excursions can be book through travel agencies located in the main square and its surroundings.
3.1. Turquoise Waters of Millpu.
You can go to the turquoise waters of Millpu independently or in an organized way through a travel agency; I will leave you all the information about how to go with a travel agency since it is cheaper than independently.
You can buy a day trip that includes transportation and guide (only in Spanish) and the cost is between 100 and 120 soles, they pick you up at 8:00 am, from the Ayacucho square from where you drive for four hours to the Circamarca hamlet. From there, you walk for 30 minutes to the impressive turquoise river, once there they will give you a time of three hours so that you can tour the place, take photos and have lunch; then you will return to the place where they left you in the morning to take a van to return to the city of Huamanga where you will be arriving around 18:00 pm.
Meals are not included in these programs, breakfast is 10 soles and lunch is normally fresh fried trout with native potatoes and andean salad that costs 10 soles; no entry ticket is paid for the turquoise waters of Millpu.
3.2. City tour in Ayacucho.
The city tour of Ayacucho starts at 3:30 p.m. and they visit the Ayacucho museum of archeology and history, the neighborhood of Artesanos Santa Ana, the Huamanga stone workshop and loom tapestries, the tourist viewpoint of Acuchimay to appreciate the panorama of the city of Huamanga, the main square, the temples and mansions of the colonial epoch.
This excursion is very interesting and informative, the price is between 20 and 30 soles and only transport and guide are included (consult for english tour), the additional cost, is the entrance of 5 soles to the Ayacucho museum.
3.3. Pampa of Ayacucho.
The meeting point is 9:30 am. in the Huamanga main square, you will visit an archeological site of the pre-Inca Wari civilization, and later you will go to some artisan ceramic workshops in the town of Quinua, where you will learn about the process of making utensils with this material; you will also visit the Historical Sanctuary of the Pampa de Ayacucho, where the battle that marks the independence of Peru took place. Later you will go to a restaurant where they serve typical Ayacucho food; the dishes are between 10 and 20 soles and then you will return to the city of Huamanga where you will arrive around 16:00 pm.
The price of this excursion is between 30 and 40 soles and only include transportation and the tour guide, keep in mind that you will pay the cost of admission to the archaeological site of Wari which is 5 soles.
The meeting point is at 8:00 am in the main square of the city, then you will go to a forest of the queen of the Andes which is the largest species of bromeliad in the world and can produce between 8,000 and 20,000 flowers in a 3 month period. Then, you will visit the Inca archaeological complex of Pumaqocha, where there is also a lagoon with the same name.
Later, you will visit the archaeological Inca site of Vilcashuamán, where there is a temple of the sun and the moon, a square in commemoration of the most important emperor of the Inca empire and a ceremonial pyramid.
After touring, taking photographs and having lunch we will return to the city of Huamanga where we will arrive around 19:00 pm.
The price of this excursion is between 50 and 70 soles and only include transportation and the tour guide, keep in mind that you will pay the cost of admission to the archaeological site of Vilcashuaman which is 3 soles.
3.5. Huanta and Pikimachay Cave.
They will pick you up from the main square at 9:30 am and board a van heading to the province of Huanta. Firstly, you will visit the Pikimachay cave, where evidence was found that the human being inhabited that place for 15 thousand years ago. Later, you will visit the colonial bridge of Ayahuarcuna, built with lime and stone in the year 1771.
Then you will visit the main attractions of the city of Huanta: the main square, the main temple and the sculpture of the stone bishop. Following, you will visit apicultural centers to taste honey and some typical drinks, made with fruits from the region and then you will have lunch in a typical restaurant of the region to later return to the city of Huamanga where you arrive by 16:00 pm.
The price of this excursion is between 35 and 45 soles and only include transportation and the tour guide.
3.6. Cangallo Waterfalls.
Everyone meets in the main square at 8:00 am to head towards the Cangallo region. The first waterfall you will visit will be Pumapaqcha, then you will visit the Batan waterfall and later, you will continue the hike through a tunnel to visit the third waterfall of Qorimaqma. In total, you will hike around 2 hours to visit the three waterfalls and enjoy the scenery.
After visiting the falls, you will go to the Huahua Puquio pool, where you can relax and have lunch. Afterwards, you board a van to visit the last tourist attraction on the itinerary, the historic city of Cangallo, a symbol of indigenous resistance during the independence movement in Peru, to then return to Huamanga where you will arrive by 19:00 pm.
The price of this excursion is between 60 and 70 soles and only include transportation and the tour guide; the lunch is between 15 and 20 soles.
4. Important Millpu urquoise waters, safety tips.
It is not difficult to get to Ayacucho and although the place is safe, it is always good to be careful.
- Download a Spanish translator on your phone because very few people speak English in the region.
- Listen to local warnings about certain dangerous places.
- Carry small change; many taxis and small shops do not have change, so try to use small notes.
- It is better not to carry a lot of cash.
- Be aware of pickpockets and never take your credit/ debit card or passport anywhere unless 100% necessary.
- Bring sunscreen from 50 DEET or more and apply it at least every one hour and a half, Arequipa is almost always hot and radiation in Peru is even higher than in Australia.