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For those looking to escape the traffic, the pollution, the bricks and cement of Lima, Lunahuaná is a godsend. About three hours from central Lima, this small village on the Río Cañete is mostly given over to outdoorsy, adrenaline-packed pursuits.

Lunahuaná is a small town with some fine old buildings and a fetching location surrounded by craggy hills. It would just be one of a number of charming villages in the Cañete Valley, however, if it was not the best site on the coast for white-water rafting. The rafting on the Río Cañete is best from January through March, when the rapids tend to be Class III-IV. The ride is milder and better suited for beginners the rest of the year.

Most people can spend only so much time rafting, however, and Lunahuaná has other activities to fill out a long weekend. Many agencies in town offer ATV tours around town and through the rocky hills. There are also horseback-riding outfits, and rock-climbing trips can be organized, too. For the less adventurous, there are bodegas which churn the local grapes into quite decent wines and piscos.

These activities can be booked through the more-or-less indistinguishable tour operators that line Avenida Grau and persistently hawk their services.

In February, Lunahuaná rolls out the carpet for its Festival de Uva, Vino y Canotaje. Besides saluting the grape and wines this town is known for, competitions are also held in rafting, paragliding, trekking, mountain biking and other adventure sports.


Other places nearby Lunahuaná: Cerro Azul, Punta Hermosa Beaches, Playa Norte & La Isla, Señoritas, Caballeros and Punta Negra & Punta Rocas.

10 Feb 2012

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