Created in 2001, the Nor Yauyos - Cochas Landscape Reserve is a beautiful 221,268 ha (546,765 acre) protected natural reserve that is home to some spectacular Andean vistas, mountain lakes, staggered waterfalls and archaeological sites. These days the reserve's natural surroundings have become increasingly more popular, but that's a fairly relative statement; it's located 90 miles (145 km) east of Lima, so the 7 hour drive over rough roads is still something of a deterrent for many. However, if you don't mind roughing it, there's plenty to keep you amazed and occupied while you're here.
For starters, you'll find friendly towns like Huancaya and Vilca make perfect base-camps (if you're not looking to tent-it) for setting out on hikes/mountain bike rides along the Cañete River basin. There are unique cascades aplenty around these parts, including the Cabracancha falls and the endearingly-named Bosque de Amor. If you're feeling way more adventurous, make your way to the village of Laraos for a caving expedition into the Sima Pumaqucha, a massive limestone cavern that weighs in as one of the deepest in the entirety of South America. Just be sure to make your lodging reservations in advance, then come experience an often-overlooked area of awesome Peruvian beauty.
Location:Jauja and Yauyos Provinces, 90 miles (145 km) east of Lima, Peru