Obrajillo

 A Weekend Getaway, Or Any Day Of The Week.

Nestled in a bowl-shaped valley, surrounded by beautiful mountains with flowing waterfalls, terraced landscapes for farming, and split by the Chillon River, sits the small village of Obrajillo. Belonging to the municipality of Canta, the capital of the Canta Province, in the Lima Region of Peru, and approximately three hours by bus from the hustle and bustle of Lima; is rest and relaxation waiting.

Primarily and agricultural farming community, and selling trout, (truchas, in Spanish) having a fish hatchery, it also caters to the tourist, and transforms from a sleepy little town during the week, to offering horseback riding, and 4-wheeling, as well as camping and hiking on the weekends. Any of these activities can be done anytime, however on the weekends is when hordes of people in Lima looking to escape the city and have some fun, arrive in Obrajillo. Horses are saddled and tied up against the wall; street vendors set up shop just past the bridge on the main road leading into town. Here you can find the normal Peruvian tourist trinkets, but also homemade cheese, butter and honey made either from eucalyptus, or normal wildflowers.

On the highway coming up to Canta and Obrajillo, on the right hand side is a trailhead leading to some Inca ruins. Sometime during the 16th Century, Inca Pachacutec inhabited the Canta region as he traveled north.
The rainy season lasts about three months from January through March in the summer months and rather dry the rest of the year. Temperatures can be cool at night even in the summer, and dip to freezing in the winter.
Hostals and restaurants are abundant as well as little stores called “Bodegas” where one can buy bottled water, snacks and fruits or just about anything else you may need if you didn’t bring it with you. Hostals range in price from 20 – 40 Soles ($6 – $12) per night. Meals are around 15 Soles ($5.00).

Getting There: On Universitaria Avenue, either catch a Collectivo for about 5 Soles, or take a bus that says Todo. Universitaria for 3 Soles to Kilometer 22. Once at Km22, take a Collectivo (a 12-15 passenger van or 4 passenger car) for around 15 Soles each person. Sometimes they go to Canta first and then Obrajillo, or Vis a versa. To come back, take a Tuk-Tuk Mototaxi or a taxi to the main road in Canta to catch a Collectivo back to Km22.

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