The Tinajani canyon, one of the hidden wonders of Puno
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The Tinajani canyon, one of the hidden wonders of Puno

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The Tinajani canyon, one of the hidden wonders of Puno

The Tinajani canyon is formed by a set of anthropomorphic stone figures, with narrow ravines and small rivers that run through its territory, the place also has funerary chullpas from ancient highland cultures.


The Tinajani Canyon is a perfect place for those who love to explore impressive natural landscapes. In its more than 200 hectares you will find imposing and gigantic sandstone rock formations that give this space its characteristic reddish color.


These formations are accompanied by the Pacobamba, a river with calm crystal clear waters that runs through the canyon's ravines. The landscape that you can see in this place will leave you speechless!


What is the origin?

On the origin of this imposing, strange and welcoming space; Geologists inform us that these rock formations are: reddish sandstone sedimentations and that it was probably the bed of the great Ballivian Lake, predecessor of Lake Titicaca and Lake Popo. Millions of years ago this entire sector was covered with water, after geological changes it dried up until it became what is today the famous navigable lake "Titicaca".


Result erosive agents such as wind, hail, snowfall and rain; very common in this area, they have been "with the passing of time" sculpting these majestic rocks; The hand of man did not intervene here, perhaps for this nature, man is simply one more component, which is lost in some small natural sinkholes at the base of these stony masses.


The rocks, also known as the "Devil's Canyon", can reach tens of meters high. The figures they form are left to the imagination of visitors who will be pleasantly surprised by this magnificent place.



The Tinajani canyon is located 12 kilometers southeast of Ayaviri, province of Melgar, in the wonderful region of Puno.



The Tinajani Canyon is located at 3953 m.a.s.l.


Entrance fee:

Admission to this beautiful "forest of stones" is free.


Legends around the canyon:

The Canyon is not only a beautiful natural setting, on the contrary, it is part of the oral tradition of the region. Thus, various legends about Tinajani have been inherited.


One of the most famous is the one that tells that the Inca Pachacutec was worried because the Collasuyo region was going through a drought, which meant that there was no food and that the inhabitants and animals were dying.


To counteract the drought, the Inca gathered the best diviners, who responded that the cause of this phenomenon came from the presence of a devil that had taken possession of the region. Given this, Pachacutec sends his army to make three stone jars in the Tinajani ravine so that the devil can purify himself in the cold waters and leave the region or remain prisoner in the waters.


The villagers say that in the rainy months you can feel the voice and the moan of the devil trapped in the jars. However, other residents say that it is on cold nights when the devil bathes in the waters.


How to get to the Tinajani Canyon?


The Tinajani Canyon is located 150 km north of Puno and 4059 meters above sea level.


To get here, you will have to travel to the city of Ayaviri, from where the detour to the canyon leaves. The section between Ayaviri and the canyon is only 14 kilometers long, which you can do by transport or on foot, since it is a flat terrain perfect for a simple walk.


After your visit to the canyon, we recommend you make a stop at Ayaviri, where you can recharge your batteries with a delicious cancacho: a typical local dish made with roasted and macerated lamb meat. A perfect closure for your visit to the Tinajani Canyon!


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