It is a rock forest situated in the Cordillera Negra (mountain range) in the community of Pampas Chico near of the Conococha Lake in the province of Recuay at a altitude of 4290 m.a.s.l., the word Hatun Machay comes from the Quechua word which means “Big Cave”.
The area has caves and ruins where we can see; painting rock dating of 10,000 year, and rock formations of more de 100m of tall (300 feet) done by the erosion of time, all in a area of more 200 hectare.
The place offer many activities such as mountain biking, hiking, archaeological and mystic tours, climbing rock with routes of grades 4c / VS / 5ª / V+ / 15 to 5.14a / 7ª / E10 / 8b+ / X+ / 32 / 10 / 9/9+ / 10c.
Hatun Machay today has a refuge where one can sleep, cook, and take a hot shower.
From Huaraz there is no direct public transportation to Hatun Machay, to get one can take a kombi from Huaraz to Catac (S/. 3.50) after a taxi to Hatun Machay (S/. 50.00), another option is take a private taxi from Huaraz to Hatun Machay (S/. 100.00.)