Discovering Perolniyoc Waterfall: A Hidden Treasure in the Sacred Valley

Embark on a journey to one of the Sacred Valley’s most serene and lesser-known destinations: the captivating Perolniyoc Waterfall, near Ollantaytambo.


Nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley, the Perolniyoc waterfall is a stunning, secluded natural wonder. With its impressive height of over 100 meters, it cascades down the rugged Andean cliffs into a serene pool below. This spot, located close to the vibrant town of Ollantaytambo, remains relatively undiscovered, offering a peaceful experience away from the hustle of popular tourist destinations.


Perolniyoc is situated in the community of Socma, a quaint village in the district of Ollantaytambo, within the province of Urubamba. This area, known as the navel of the world, is steeped in history, with the waterfall providing a picturesque backdrop to the ancient Raqaypata ruins located at the canyon’s crest.

Best Time to Visit

  • Rainy Season (January to March): The falls are at their most powerful during these months, providing a spectacular view. The rain brings out the lush greenery of the surrounding landscape, but be sure to come prepared with waterproof clothing.
  • Dry Season (April to December): The reduced flow of the waterfall during these months allows for a different but equally stunning experience. The weather is generally more pleasant for hiking, with cooler temperatures at night.


The trek to Perolniyoc is relatively easy, making it suitable for a wide range of adventurers. The path is well-trodden and mostly flat, with the journey to the waterfall taking approximately one hour. This makes it an ideal choice for both novice hikers and experienced trekkers looking for a less strenuous day out in nature.


  • Raqaypata Archaeological Center: Sitting majestically above the waterfall, Raqaypata offers a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Inca. This site features well-preserved structures, including storerooms, residential buildings, and ceremonial spaces.
  • Ñaupa Iglesia (Old Church): Only accessible with our guided tours, this unique archaeological site features remnants resembling a Catholic church, alongside intriguing cave paintings that provide insight into the spiritual practices of the Inca.

Trekking Options and Tour Itineraries

From short hikes to comprehensive treks, there’s something for everyone.

A captivating day trip that takes you to the serene Perolniyoc Waterfall and the ancient Ñaupa Iglesia. Ideal for those looking for a short yet adventurous escape into nature.

This tour beautifully combines the natural wonder of Perolniyoc Waterfall with the historical majesty of Machu Picchu. A perfect blend of nature and Incan history.

Experience the enchanting Ancascocha Trek on a 5-day journey through Peru’s Andean wilderness. This trek is a perfect way to explore the region’s natural beauty and connect with its ancient roots.


The Perolniyoc Waterfall, a tranquil and majestic destination, invites adventurers and nature enthusiasts to explore its serene beauty and the rich cultural heritage of the Andes. Whether you’re looking for a quick escape into nature or a deep dive into Andean history and culture, Perolniyoc offers an unforgettable experience. Visit this hidden gem and take home memories that will last a lifetime.

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