Volcano de Pachapupum | Tourist Attraction

Peru

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Altitude:
4014.6 masl
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hannokolvenbach

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Interesting "volcano" (it's actually an inactive geysir / hotspring or something like this). There are also some medium hot / lukewarm hotsprings around it were you can bath in.

Still very much off the beaten path, mostly local tourists. It's 5 soles entry per person.

Note: It's 4 hours of gravel road (AY-670) coming from Nazca / Highway 30A, with an average speed of 25-30 km/h. Doable with any car that can take a beating (at least in dry season), but some clearance helps. Regular cars drove here, too. 3 shallow river crossings (max depth 20cm).

No cell service anywhere, but also almost no people (few villages in between). You can probably camp anywhere along the road.

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Nice place, not touristic. There are only a few locals. It is still 5 soles pp. They want to improve the place and asked us about some recommendations.
To come here, you have to cross 3 rivers. Depending on the season they have more or less water. When we were here, they were about 30-50cm deep with some big stones. We saw a car and a few motorcycles get stucked. Be careful, there are different ways through the rivers. Check them out before you enter. We made it with two big motorcycles. It was doable but no very easy.

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Update after driving out the other way to Sacsamarca: Driving here from Sacsamarca / Huanca Sancos is much faster and very scenic (about 1,5-2 hours up/down a canyon). It's also the next gas station from here.

Google Maps tells you that you can't drive to Sacsamarca from the volcano which is bullshit, this is the main road the mini buses take and there is a bridge crossing the canyon, so all good. Wouldn't do it in anything mich bigger than a sprinter though, it is steep and curvy, but 2WD is fine.

If you have some time you can make a scenic two day drive from Nazca to Aguas Turquesas with a stop here and a night in the highlands. It's all dirt road, so take it slow (lower tire pressure also helps to make the right smoother, due to the lower ambient air pressure your tires will be overinflated coming from see level anyway).

Take time, fuel and some cash and it's very much enjoyable. We had a bit too little of all of those items, making it more stressful than it needs to be. Safety-wise you can camp anywhere along the road in the highlands here, it's just the altitude that might get you.

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Interesting "volcano" (it's actually an inactive geysir / hotspring or something like this). There are also some medium hot / lukewarm hotsprings around it were you can bath in.

Still very much of the beaten path, mostly local tourists. It's 5 soles entry per person.

Note: It's 4 hours of gravel road (AY-670) coming from Nazca / Highway 30A, with an average speed of 25-30 km/h. Doable with any car that can take a beating (at least in dry season), but some clearance helps. Regular cars drove here, too. 3 shallow river crossings (max depth 20cm).

No cell service anywhere, but also almost no people (few villages in between). You can probably camp anywhere along the road.

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