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Viewpoint of 3 crosses Paucartambo, Cusco

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Did you know that in Peru, you can see three suns at the same time on the horizon? Maybe it sounds utopian, but in reality this natural phenomenon does occur, and we can see it in the province of Paucartambo in the famous Viewpoint of 3 golden crosses or Balcony of the East. This phenomenon happens only in some parts of the world.

How to get to the Viewpoint of 3 Crosses in Paucartambo

To get to the "balcony of the east" you can do it from the province of Paucartambo in case you are already there, but if you are going to visit this beautiful site from the city of Cusco we have 2 options:

  • On your own from Cusco.

You must go to San Jerónimo to the Control bus stop or go to Diagonal Angamos Ave. from there the cars leave to Paucartambo, the fare will be about 20 to 25 soles per person, the travel time will take about 4 hours.

When you are already in Paucartambo you must take a bus that will take you to the Abra de Acjanaco from there we must follow the road that will take us to the Viewpoint 3 Crosses.

  • Visiting with a tourism agency.

This second option is the most recommendable, since with the agency you go with, they take care of the bus, the guide, and the food (optional). You are only in charge of putting the enthusiasm to the hike and admire so much beauty that only happens in this place of Peru.

What to see and do in Viewpoint de 3 Cruces?

The "Viewpoint from 3 crosses" or "Balcón del Oriente" is a natural observatory that can be seen from the top of a mountain, it is a spectacular sunrise where you can see the conjunction of colors, shades and the extensive green jungle of Manu National Park, this spectacle is called Akhanacu..

But here we ask ourselves, why is it called the Balcony of the East? Well, it is known by that name because it is located in the last mountain range of the Andes and the beginning of the Peruvian Amazon next to the inter-Andean valleys of Cusco. That is where the beautiful view of the sunrise comes from.

This spectacular view can be seen throughout the year, but there are special months to witness this output, you must go in the months of May, June, and July and be very early, the vast majority of visitors gather at 4:30 am and wait until 6 am average. Only at this time you can see the departure of the white ray or the three suns.

In short, this is one of the most impressive natural spectacles that will make you come back more than once, and by the way you can visit the Virgen del Carmen festival in the same town of Paucartambo.

What is the best time to visit the 3 Cruces viewpoint?

To see the effect of the three suns you should go in the months of May, June, and July these are the perfect months, but preferably you can see the 20th, 21st or 22nd of June to see the winter solstice.


  • Wear warm clothes, hat, gloves because in these months the temperature is very low.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses.
  • Don't forget to bring cash.
  • Bottle of water, snacks, coca candy.
  • Passport or Identity Document DNI

Sunrise tour at 3 crossroads with Terandes.com

The trip to the Viewpoint of 3 Crossesis done with a private tour of 2 days, for this our tourism agency Terandes.com will provide us with transportation, food, tour guide and additional visit the city of Paucartambo, museums.

The first day, we leave from the city of Cusco we will leave at night to Paucartambo, and quickly we will go to the top of the mountain to see the rising of the 3 suns, is one of the view that only occurs in Peru.

After witnessing the view, we descend for breakfast, and then we go to make a city tour throughout the city of Paucartambo; there we will see the colonial houses, its square, the colonial bridge Carlos III, we will go to see the patron saint of this town The Virgen del Carmen. After visiting the whole town we return to the city of Cusco, thus ends the second day of our tour.

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