Sunrise at tres cruces Paucartambo

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The most beautiful sunrise in the world is at Tres Cruces Lookout, in Paucartambo, Cusco. The unique climatic conditions at this spot each June & July create a stunning optical illusion. You can see a stable sun in the middle.

The most beautiful sunrise in the world is at Tres Cruces Lookout, in Paucartambo, Cusco. The unique climatic conditions at this spot each June and July create a stunning optical illusion. You can see a stable sun in the middle and move from one side to the other. If you squint, the suns look like three crosses. A few hours before dawn, the starry sky of Paucartambo lights up Tres Cruces Lookout. This mystical show takes place at the start around 4:30 a.m. during winter, particularly in June and July.



At the top of Paucartambo, you have the three most impressive sunrises seen from the Mirador de Tres Cruces, Cusco, Peru.

A few hours before sunrise, the starry sky of Paucartambo illuminates the Mirador Tres Cruces. Before the start of this beautiful performance, following the tradition since the pre-Spanish era, the payment of the land ceremony was to pay tribute to nature and the close connection with people. The Andean priests praised the most important god Sun and Mother Earth, the god of fertility. This ritual is considered reciprocal in the Andean world, and people thank the gods for their gifts and good luck. In ancient traditions, the offerings include coca leaves, corn, wheat, quinoa, kiwi, candies, fruits, precious metals, and various natural elements. When the Andean priest held a ceremony at dawn, musicians played a local melody during the ceremony.

When the sun rises from the Tres Cruces Observation Deck in Paucartambo, “white light” occurs, caused by the sunrise on the horizon. The light traverses the humid sky, distorting the image, presenting the effect of three suns, as if each sun jumped from side to side. This mysterious spectacle occurs at sunrise around 4:30 in the morning in winter, especially in June and July.

Tres Cruces view

It is one of the three places in the world where you can see the winter solstice in Paucartambo Province, Manu National Park. Here, your eyes will witness an incredible sunrise with various colors, shapes, and lights from above.

In Paucartambo Province (Manu National Park Gate). Here, your eyes will witness an incredible sunrise which we can observe from above. Also, we can see the dawn and the vast jungle of Manu National Park from the natural balcony of Akhanacu. Local and foreign visitors come to this place to admire the highest mountain range between Nevada’s (Ausangate) and the Andean valley, and the Paucartambo River. On the left, we can see a vast mountain called Antisuyo Mountain.

Location of Mirador Tres Cruces

The Mirador Tres Cruces or Acjanaco does establish within the Manu National Park, approximately an hour and a half from the town of Paucartambo. Tres Cruces does find more than 100 Kilometers southeast of the city of Cusco, about 5 hours from the city. However, the trip from Cusco to Paucartambo takes approximately between 2 hours and 30 minutes to 03 hours.


Detailed Itinerary

Tres Cruces Lookout

We can see the rising of the Sun and Manu National Park’s vast jungle from Akhanacu’s natural balcony.

Helpful information within Manu National Park

  1. Respect the park warden’s instructions.
  2. Do not pull out flowers or catch any animal.
  3. Walk on the established routes.
  4. Do not litter and keep the park clean.
  5. Do not start a campfire to avoid potential wildfire.
  6. Manu National Park Entry fees.

Acjanaco Sector – Tres Cruces

Adults: S/ 10.00

Kids as to the age of 16: S/ 6.00

Virgen del Carmen an unforgettable experience. Dance through the streets of Paucartambo in honor of the Virgen del Carmen.


Our Price Includes:

  • Itinerary with local English-speaking guides.
  • Meals as per itinerary.
  • All entrance fees.

Our price does not include:

  • Hotels
  • International air tickets and associated taxes
  • Domestic flights.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses.
  • Insurance.
  • Baggage porterage and other extras not specified

We recommended bring:

  • Wear warm clothes for low temperatures.
  • Special shoes for trekking.
  • Sunblock and caps to protect from ultraviolet rays
  • Bear Peruvian currency (Soles) in cash
  • Passports (foreigners).
  • Bottle of water to avoid dehydration and snacks like fruit o cookies.

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