Balcón del Diablo is accessed by the dirt road that leads to the town of Chakan, exiting the city of Cuzco from where you can take a taxi (for a short journey) to get out of it and approach the starting point. The hike requires only half a day, there is no need of getting up very early, or breakfast in a hurry and the return is to the city, so it is perfect to enjoy a delicious lunch.
This is a natural attraction with some evidence of Inca culture represented by its unmistakable masonry work, discreet and in perfect balance with the environment. It is located within the archaeological park of Sacsayhuaman, but still a few kilometers away from the archaeological center as such.
Chakan is the name of the ravine where the river runs just below the Balcón del Diablo and gives tremendous originality to the apparent simplicity of the place
The name Balcón del Diablo (Devil’s balcony) seems quite appropriate because it is an opening between large rocks (approximately 10 m) that allows a panoramic view, although there is no indication about the “devil” 😉
This is an attraction that is still not visited too much, and therefore, a very favorable option to escape, at least during a morning, from the busy imperial city.
Route: 5 Km – 2h
Maximum height: 3770 m The ascent is very gradual and it could be said that it does not represent greater difficulty (less than 400 m along more than 2.5 km).
Difficulty: easy (suitable for children 8 years and older)
The walk to the Balcón del Diablo is quite light and starts in the vicinity of Sacsayhuaman, so it can be combined with a visit to the archaeological center and then, even participate in a cooking class or simply enjoy a delicious picnic in the grounds of one of our favorite hotels in the area.
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5 Km or less. Gentle and brief
6-10 Km. Relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill
8-12 Km. Relatively flat terrain, with steeper occasional climbs
11-15 Km. Wavy terrain on a variety of surfaces. One or two steeper ascents to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
11-15 Km. Terrain that varies between loose and mountainous, with some steep climbs
11-15 Km. Very mountainous terrain that offers many challenges.The routes go through high prairie trails and / or well maintained cliff paths, with some steep climbs.