Canon del Sonche

Canon del Sonche, Chachapoyas: Address, Canon del Sonche Reviews: 4.5/5

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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,222 contributions
The river Sonche runs east to west near the village of Huancas. The slopes on both sides of the river are rocky and steep (unusable for agriculture). Several creeks feed the Sonche and at some points form waterfalls. There is no road at the bottom of the canyon. For all these reasons the view over the canyon is spectacular.

Huancas is 8 km (5 miles) from Plaza de Armas in Chachapoyas. The main viewpoint called Mirador del Cañon de Huancas Sonche is 1 km (0.6 mile) from the center of Huancas. Entrance fee 3 Soles.

There is a regular (mini)bus service from Chachapoyas (two blocks north from Plaza de Armas) to Huancas. Price 3 Soles one way.

I took me 1 hour and 45 minutes to walk from Chachapoyas to Huancas along the dirt road (up 280m), a bit less on the way down.
Written February 29, 2020
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Serhat T
London, UK303 contributions
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This is a 2-3 hours activity that you can do the day you arrive Chachapoyas. You need the take a colectivo from a street 3-4 blocks away from main plaza. Costs 3 soles and takes 15-20 mins to get to the enterance. They said taxi cost 7 soles so if you are 2 or more you can take a taxi. You pay other 3 soles to get in. You visit a deep valley and a tower with better views of the valley. I advice you to go there in the morning or at noon, afternoon its not a good time to take pics of valley because of the shadows. You can bring some food to spend more time, the views are really nice.
Written June 28, 2016
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Adela256
Edinburgh, UK33 contributions
Couples
We took the colectivo to the cañón, it was 3 soles each way and took around 15 minutes. They leave from near the airport road and have a proper station. We were told it’s about a 2 hour walk each way and the views are lovely on the way.

There are two viewpoints to visit, the first is where the colectivo drops you. Entry is 3 soles, there were clean toilets and a cold drinks stall too. The views are incredible, and you can walk along the valley a bit.

Huancas, the small village next to the viewpoints, is lovely and worth stopping in to have a drink. We had a beer in a really lovely cafe, it felt more like someone’s house and they were so friendly.

The second viewpoint is at the other end of town. We walked and it was about 4.5km on an easy path and again 3 soles entry fee. I think this viewpoint was even more impressive, but both were stunning. On a clearer day you can see Gocta from here. We had a lovely hot chocolate at the cafe here (best in Peru so far) and they also had some cakes and breads. There is also an archaeological site you can walk to from there and that actually also leads to another viewpoint out to the other side of the valley. Again there were toilets here.
Written November 9, 2019
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Steffan27
Lima, Peru81 contributions
well worth the visit we paid 7 sol for the bus from town and then 2 sol entry. it was totally breath taking. in the space of 20 minutes we watched a waterfall turn into vapour- clouds- thunder-shower-sunshine-waterfall-rainbow and so on . breath taking to say the least......
Written February 7, 2018
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Ryan W
Santiago, Chile289 contributions
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I want to echo those reviews that endorse this as an easy and worthwhile way to spend a half day in Chachapoyas. Huancas is 8km north of Chachapoyas (not 6km as other reviews noted). Walk directly north from the Plaza de Armas and you will find it on the road that also goes to the airport. The walk is pleasant and affords beautiful views of the area. When you get to Huancas follow the newly built stairs up the hill but then bear right toward the town's Plaza de Armas and continue eastward toward the overlook. Signage is sparse. You will pay a tiny fee. The overlook features a tower (as if you need an even more aerial view of the canyon) and a series of walkways and terraces. The canyon is quite grand and worth admiring for about 30 minutes. You can easily catch a collective back to Chachapoyas for 3 soles, though it was difficult to get one to Huancas to begin with.
Written July 13, 2017
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Josiah H
Cajamarca, Peru36 contributions
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We had a few hours on our last day in chachapoyas to kill before boarding our bus to cajamarca. We decided to go check out this site, so walking down the street from Civa bus line station (located straight down from the plaza), we found the place for three sole cars going to Huancas, from there it's a 15 min walk to the top of the overlook point and a three sole charge for entering. It's worth it cause it really allows you to see some sweet waterfalls in the canyon as well ad get an idea for the landscape of the region. I loved seeing this place and it was worth taking time to.
Written September 30, 2016
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Rob W
Dublin, Ireland119 contributions
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This is a spectacular view 6.5 km from Chachapoyas - you get a Collectivo from the terminal from 3 soles and will be dropped off at the entrance (if you ask - entrance is 3 soles).

There are a lot of viewpoints and also a tower.

The view is spectacular and worth visiting if you have a few hours.

I walked back - it took about 2.5 hours but I walked slowly to take in the nice views on the way back.
Written October 30, 2015
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travelbug1525
London, UK69 contributions
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You can easily get there with collectivos that leave from the Terminal Terrestre in Chachapoyas. They'll drop you off near the plaza in Huancas and from there you just need to follow the sign to the Mirador. Best to leave before 10 a.m. though and to make sure you are ready to go back to Chachapoyas before 4ish p.m. to avoid getting stuck out there. The viewpoint is really well-made, providing a great view of the beautiful canon and. You can also walk alongside the canon on a dirt road for a while. There are hardly any people there and so it is very relaxing and is a great spot for a picnic.
Written September 19, 2015
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Marie p
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This place is incredible and easy to access from Chachapoyas. You can walk along the road to Huancas (1H30) or take a colectivo.
Written August 18, 2019
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susanhipperson
Crawley, United Kingdom141 contributions
Couples
Take a collective (shared taxi) from town centre. Tourist office will give location. Only s3 each way. Spectacular views.
Written February 19, 2018
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