Easter is the season of the year that many Peruvians take advantage of to get out of the routine and take a short trip with family or friends. This holiday begins on Sunday April 10 and ends on the 17th of the same month, however, the holidays are only on Thursday April 14 and Friday April 15.
There are different options across the country to take advantage of these days off, but due to the country’s tough economic situation, many may be looking for cheaper alternatives that fit in people’s pockets.
Therefore, these are some of the cheapest tourist destinations and a few hours from Lima that you can visit in the company of your loved ones.
For lovers of trekking and adventure, Marcahuasi is a pretty good option and also cheap for these dates. It is a huge forest of granite stones located in the province of Huarochirí, it is four square kilometers long, c is therefore a marvel to walk this.
The time it will take you to get there from Lima is relative, since it will depend on the physical condition of each one. From Chosica it is 3 hours by bus to San Pedro de la Casta, and from there it is another 2 or 3 hours uphill walk to Marcahuasi. In tickets you only spend about S/22.
On the other hand, the entrance to Marcahuasi is S/ 10 for nationals. In addition to this, in San Pedro de Casta you can find menus from S/ 9.
A fairly accessible and interesting place to visit in Huaral is the Chancay Castle, a beautiful Baroque-type building, open to the public all year round and with a belvedere that offers a beautiful view of the sea.
The journey time is about 2.5 hours and the ticket to get to this site is S/25 on average per person, but you have to pay an entrance to the Castle which is S/20 for adults.
Antioquia is located in the province of Huarochirí, 3 hours from Lima. It is a town of small Andean-style houses, with colorful facades and traditional customs.
The ticket to Antioquía is around S/ 15, taking a bus on Rosa Toro Avenue with Nicolás Arriola (San Luis district). But you can also buy a full day pass from S/55.
It should be mentioned that there are no luxury hotels in Antioquia, tourism in the city is quite cheap, but you can get rooms from S/25 a night.
Lunahuaná is located in the province of Cañete and three hours from Lima. It is an ideal place for those who like to do adventure sports or outdoor activities like canoeing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, ATV driving. Plus, it offers a wide variety of wines and pisco, as well as natural attractions to awaken your adventurous side.
How much does it cost to go to Lunahuaná? With around S/25 you can get there from Lima by bus, but you can also find full day packages from S/69 round trip, which do not include personal expenses such as lunch or additional activities.
Besides that, you can find cheap hotels and hostels, starting from S/50 per night.
Ica – Paracas
Ica is one of the tourist destinations near Lima most frequented by Peruvians, especially for family outings. It is located 4.5 hours from the capital and you can find tickets from S/35.
There you can do multiple activities such as an excursion to the Ballestas Islands, visit the Red Beach and La Mina, go to the Lost Canyon, among others. In addition, a short time from the city is the Laguna de la Huacachina, where you can rent a ride in the tubular cars, go sandboarding and ride mountain bikes.
You can also find full days in Ica from S/130 and hotels from S/50 per night.
Easter tourism hit by protests
The multiple protests sparked in various parts of the country this week, added to the curfew imposed by the government on Tuesday, have directly affected the tourist demand forecast for Easter.
Ricardo Acosta, President of the Peruvian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (Apavit) points out that losses of 1 billion shillings a day have been recorded across the country. In addition, approximately “6,000 tourists across the country had to remain locked in their hotels, causing them to lose their contracted tours and paid lunches” due to the events that occurred.
In this sense, a climate of uncertainty and instability has been generated due to the political and social situation in the country, which has led to the cancellation of a significant number of tourist reservations for Holy Week.
“50% of the reservations for Easter have been canceled due to the political situation because it is no longer clear if they will close any roads, the situation is very unstable and people are afraid to leave Lima and not be able to return”, Acosta adds. .