Beautiful and Picturesque Village of Obrajillo
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Beautiful and Picturesque Village of Obrajillo

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Beautiful and Picturesque Village of Obrajillo

If you have ever heard of Obrajillo, it is a beautiful and picturesque town located northeast of the city of Lima, about 2 hours away. This beautiful town belongs to the District of Canta and is an excellent place for hiking, trekking and horseback riding.


It is an ideal destination for lovers of nature, as well as adventures. It is also ideal for people who like trout fresh from the river and prepared instantly.


In addition, it is a paradise full of greenery, rivers and natural and artificial waterfalls, where you can also camp. Nearby is the town of San Miguel, which you can reach on foot or on horseback. It has a beautiful viewpoint from which you can observe Obrajillo and Canta.


In addition to its welcoming people, it is a very cheap place that you can visit with the family.



The town of Obrajillo is located 2 hours from Lima, it is 5 minutes from Canta by car. It is a mandatory stop if you decide to visit Canta, and you cannot miss it.


To get to Obrajillo, you must pass through the towns of Santa Rosa de Quives and Canta, which you can visit before your arrival at your destination.


What does Obrajillo mean?

The name Obrajillo is actually the diminutive of “obraje”, a very common activity at the time, for which the indigenous people were forced to carry out work and provide services to the Spanish. (Casquero, 2006: 17).


Historical review

Obrajillo was founded in colonial times, thus constituting itself as an "obraje", which was in charge of the Spanish, who forced the indigenous people to provide services with goldsmith work, weaving, among others.


Obrajillo or "Obraje Pequeno", was established as the first population with roots in Spanish customs, among its constructions you can see in its central square that a beautiful colonial-style church stands, and the houses of the locals have special roofs for the fall of rainwater and old balconies.


Obrajillo is a small and beautiful town, through which the waters of the chillón river cross, the same ones that are abundant in trout, which is the typical dish par excellence. Many look for them as a place of rest and others for their delicious and fresh trout. It is surrounded by beautiful green mountains belonging to the valley of the screamer.


Here you can also see the fish farm where trout are raised industrially. It is a place where you can learn about trout breeding techniques, reproduction, protection, among others. You can also ride a horse, children and adults with their respective Guides


Likewise, Obrajillo and its surroundings have other beautiful places that you cannot miss:

  • Its artificial waterfall.
  • Hidden waterfall of Huamanmarca, also called Velo de la Novia.
  • Fish farm
  • The small hydroelectric
  • The town of San Miguel and its viewpoint (Mandatory Visit)

Camping at Lucle's Waterfall

We continue to the right along the road that is crossing the bridge and after about 600 meters we find the access gate to the Lucle waterfall, which is located on private property. You must pay the entrance fee (per person, per car and per right to camp). We can enter by car to the camping area that is between the river and the slopes of the waterfall. We know that Lucle is the best known in the area, however looking around and high up in the mountains we see some others.


The night there was very cold, reaching 0° during the early hours, so we must bear in mind the recommendation to bring a lot of clothing and a good tent; ours was not very good and inside it you could breathe the intense cold. The camping area does not have artificial light, except for the small hydroelectric plant that is about 200 meters away and has lights around it. We were lucky, during the night the full moon appeared and we were not in complete darkness, we were even able to walk around without flashlights.


Facts about Lucle's Cataract

Towards the right hand side of the waterfall, there is a small, somewhat hidden path through which you can climb a couple of levels next to the waterfall and appreciate the waterfall and the landscape of the area more closely. It is a somewhat complicated and dangerous ascent, I do not recommend it for children or people with any physical difficulty.

Leaving the private area of ​​the waterfall, we find a path that passes through the upper part of it, the view is impressive. Here we also come to a small dam.


San Miguel Viewpoint

As soon as it dawned, we left for the San Miguel viewpoint. To get there we must continue along the path that took us to the entrance of the waterfall, it is only a couple of kilometers of trail whose slope is not very pronounced; On foot it can be done in half an hour, we went by car and arrived in 10 minutes.


How to get to Obrajillo?

To get to Obrajillo, you must pass through the towns of Santa Rosa de Quives and Canta, which you can visit before your arrival at your destination.


By Private Car

To get to Obrajillo from Lima, you must take Av. Túpac Amaru to Comas and/or Carabayllo (Northern Cone of Lima). If you come from Av. Universitario you can go to the end of it and then take Av. Túpac Amaru. From there the path is direct. You will pass through Yangas, through the town of Trapiche where there are many Country Centers, you will pass through Santa Rosa de Quives. Before reaching Obrajillo you will necessarily pass through Canta, from there there is a detour to the left that will take you to Obrajillo, you just have to ask the locals from Cante who are very friendly people.


Currently the track has been repaired and your vehicle will not suffer to get to Obrajillo. However, in the rainy season it is good to find out about the weather due to the fall of landslides in the area that could block the road.


This route can be done with a simple traction mobility.


By Bus

If you go by bus, you must take your bus or combi to the Carabayllo District, “El Progreso” area. On the same Tupac Amaru Avenue at Km. 21, there are companies that take you to Canta (Approximate fare of S/. 10 soles). From canta there are taxis or cars that take you to obrajillo for S/. 2 soles.


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