The viewpoint of San Cristobal offers you a magnificent view into the Apurimac canyon, the deepest canyon in the world.
As you ascend the small pathway, you will have a clear overview on the town and its agricultural fields surrounding it. Once you arrive at the top, the view into the canyon will emerge. With the beautiful snowtopped mountains, including the well known Salkantay mountain, in the background.
The walk to the viewpoint takes you about an hour. Hikers recommend bringing sufficient water and some snacks, as the twisting path is moderately demanding at some points. Once arrived, it is possible to continue your walk to Capitan Rumi, Quechua to the ‘Stone,’ another viewpoint into the canyon, with a huge monolith on the edge of the canyon. “No light pollution at all, and at a very high altitude.”
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!