A vast area of high cliffs measuring as high as 250 meters known as Tres Cañones in the southern region of Cusco was recently recognized as a Regional Conservation Area by the Ministry of the Environment in Peru. The rocky peaks, which are the main attraction at the site, are located in the province of Espinar and were formed as the Apurímac, Callumani and Cerritambo rivers eroded over time. The peaks are of volcanic origin and give the appearance of brilliant stone forests. An archaeological complex, called Mauka Llaqta, attributed to the K'ana nation during the Inca Empire also forms part of Tres Cañones. In the surrounding area there are titancas or puyas of Raimondi, an enormous plant relative of the pineapple that is in danger of extinction. Its recognition as a Regional Conservation Area by the Ministry of the Environment will help to preserve the biodiversity, natural landscape, cultural identity and archaeological monuments in the area. The regional government of Cusco will be in charge of administration of the site with the support of the local authorities as the region looks to take advantage of economic benefits that will certainly come their way.