Capitan Rumi Lookout is considered an amazing lookout centered in the Apurimac canyon, the deepest canyon in the world, about 280 miles (450 km) southeast of Ayacucho, Peru. While this is not a designated stargazing area, it is accessible by the public year-round and offers wide open skies suitable for gazing at an amazing lookout over the San Cristobal mountains and agricultural fields surrounding it. Once you arrive at the top, the view into the canyon will emerge — with beautiful snowcaps during the winter. One EarthSky reader says there’s “no light pollution at all, and at a very high altitude.” The walk to the viewpoint takes hikers about an hour; bring sufficient water and some snacks, as the twisting path is moderately demanding at some points. For more information, please visit online or call Casa Lena Peru at (0051)984283418.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!