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Discover one hidden gem of Lima: Apu Siqay on a memorable half-day trip

In the district of Villa María del Triunfo there is a magical place that allows you to feel above the clouds. Find out how to get to that destination easily and cheaply.

Experience the Beauty of Apu Siqay the “mattress of clouds” in Villa María del Triunfo, Lima

Apu Siqay, located in the district of Villa María del Triunfo in the southern part of the Lima province, is a magical place that makes you feel like you’re above the clouds. Here’s how you can get there easily and affordably.

How to Get to Apu Siqay?

To reach this destination, head to the María Auxiliadora train station, and then take a short walk down Huamachuco street to Pista Nueva, along Salvador Allende avenue. From there, you can either take a moto-taxi for S.5 per person or walk all the way up to the site entrance, which is where you will need to pay a small entrance fee.

The hike to the top typically takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes, and the views are well worth the effort. As you ascend, take the time to appreciate the beautiful landscapes along the way.

The easy way is to take a taxi until the MotoTaxis points (that’s also the entrance of the treck) –

Screengrab from Google map, how to get to Apu Siqay
Screengrab from Google map, how to get to Apu Siqay

What to Do Once You Reach Apu Siqay?

At Apu Siqay, you’ll find several viewpoints that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Plan to arrive around 4 pm to witness the stunning sunset from the top.

You could also go very early in the morning for the sunrise. n the winter you should be above the clouds like some beautiful photos you will find on Google images.

Apu Siqay map
Apu Siqay map

Getting Back to the City

After the sunset, make sure you start your descent early, as everything gets dark quite fast. You can take a moto-taxi or tuk-tuk down the mountain, but some people also choose to walk. Once back where the taxi dropped you off, you can take a minibus going directly to the train station. The minibus typically waits until there are enough people to fill it. It’s 3 soles for a direct journey to the train station.

My own trip there

I went with a friend, I wouldn’t recommend going alone. It was a day without clouds, but still with a beautiful view (a Saturday in late January). We did it the easy way with the taxi until the taxi had to stop at the gate. To go, you will cross some very poor areas of Lima.

Apu Siqay - La puerta
Apu Siqay – La puerta
Apu Siqay: El Cisne
Apu Siqay – El Cisne
Apu Siqay Mountain view
Apu Siqay – Mountain view
Apu Siqay: el Inca
Apu Siqay – el Inca
Apu Siqay sunset
Apu Siqay sunset
Apu Siqay sunset
Apu Siqay sunset
Apu Siqay - city view
Apu Siqay – city view from la puerta

Tips for a Successful Trip

To make the most of your trip to Apu Siqay, consider the following recommendations:

  • Start your trip early to explore the circuit with ease.
  • Only enter the circuit through official routes to avoid affecting the natural environments.
  • Bring a hydrating drink and snacks for the road.
  • Take sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Take care of the area and avoid littering along the way.

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