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Sóndor archaeological complex © Ernesto Benavides / PROMPER Ú

Apurímac A practical guide for visitors


Pampachiri stone forest © Miguel Mejía / PROMPER Ú

The mysterious rock formations of Pampachiri originated three million years ago and are an ideal landscape to connect with nature.


Apurímac Location

Southern mountains of Peru

Capital

Abancay (2378 meters)

Elevation Min.: 920 meters (Pasaje) Max.: 5438 meters (Huaña)

Climate Temperature

Max.: 23,8 ºC

Min.:

11,7 ºC

Dec - Mar

June - Sept

Mar - June

Sept - Dec

Arriving By land Lima-Nasca-Puquio-Abancay:

912 km / 18 hr.

Lima-Ayacucho-Chincheros-Andahuaylas-Abancay: Cusco-Abancay:

198 km / 4 hr.

By air Lima-Andahuaylas:

1 hr.

956 km / 19 hr.


Calendar Feb-Mar

Carnival in Abancay and Apurímac

Mar

National Meeting of the Originary Carnival Pukllay

19 June

Sóndor Raymi “La epopeya Chanka” (Andahuaylas)

28-30 July

Yawar Festival

31 Jul-3 Aug

Señor de Ánimas Festival (Aymaraes)

Sept

Festival Queen of Cañaveral (Chincheros)

14 Sept

Señor de Exaltación Patron Saints Day Festival (Grau)

Oct-Nov

Apurímac Tourism Month

What to eat? The guinea pig takes center stage in regional cuisine.Dishes include cuy relleno (with entrails, herbs, and roasted and ground peanuts)and pepián de cuy (stewed meat with p eanuts and s pices). Other e mblematic p lates include huatia ( stone-cooked potatoes with rocoto pepper and aromatic herbs) and homemade noodles served with c hicken s tew and kapchi d e chuño ( cheese, rocoto p epper and f reeze-dried potato). These meals can be accompanied by ponche (punch) served with grated cocoa and a cup ofcañazo (a cane liquor). Quinoa bread © Flor Ruiz / PROMPER Ú

What to buy? Apurímac’s c raftsmen a re s killed c arvers o f wood, both f or d omestic and decorative use. The huranhuay furniture is outstanding. They also make ceramics, and are masters of the backstrap and peg looms for making warm garments.


Distances

By private travel from the city of Abancay to the cities : of DESTINATION

DISTANCE

TIME

Chalhuanca (Aymaraes Province)

120 km

2 hr.

Andahuaylas (Andahuaylas Province)

121 km 3

hr.

Chuquibambilla (Grau Province)

122 km 3

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Antabamba (Antabamba Province)

144 km 5

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Chincheros (Chincheros Province)

226 km

4 hr. 30 min.

Tambobamba (Cotabambas Province)

248 km

11 hr.

City of Abancay © Alonso Molina / PROMPERÚ

2 days (the minimum recommended stay)

Tours ½ day

Abancay city tour (main square, temple, museum and Taraccasa Recreational Park lookout).

1 day

Abancay surroundings (Saywite archeological complex and Apurímac River canyon).

1 day

Cconoc hot springs.

½ day

Ampay National Sanctuary.

1 day

Andahuaylas city tour (San Pedro de Andahuaylas church, José María Arguedas Museum and the main square).

1 day

Andahuaylas surroundings (Pacucha Lagoon and Sóndor archeological complex).

1 day

Páncula Pampa de Pabellones de Pampachiri.


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Provincial capital

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Lucre Tintay

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Yanaca

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What to see? Abancay Province The Cathedral

Main Square. The construction of the city’s oldest church was dedicated to its patron, the Virgen simple temple with a single bell tower was laid.

The Taraccasa Recreational Park Lookout

9 km to the north of the city of Abancay (20 min. by bus or 10 min. by car). An enormous cross on the top of a hill watches over the city. It provides a wonderful view of the city of Abancay and the neighboring district of Tamburco, to typical species of the area, including spectacled bears, foxes, vicuñas, condors and owls.

The Former Yaca Plantation House

37 km to the south of the city of Abancay in the district of Circa (45 min. by car). production of rum. An entry arch, a small square, and a chapel welcome tourists. In addition to appreciating the architecture, visitors can practice rafting in the

The Ampay National Sanctuary

5 km to the north of the city of Abancay, as far as the Visitor´s Center (15 min. by car), then 1.5 km to Angascocha Lagoon (1 hr. 30 min. on foot). Ticket entry. The sanctuary’s elevation ranges from 2850 to 5200 meters. It is the habitat of the intimpa, a conifer tree at risk of extinction. There are also orchids, bromeliads, and ferns. Wildlife species found in the area include the fox, the deer, the spectacled bear, the vizcacha, the partridge, and the owl.

Ampay National Sanctuary © Miguel Mejía / PROMPERÚ


Saywite stone © Miguel Mejía / PROMPERÚ

The Cconoc Hot Springs

73 km to the northeast of the city of Abancay, towards the locality of Curahuasi, (1 hr. 30 min. by bus) and then 21 km to the hot springs (45 min. by bus). Ticket entry. These hot spring sources, with therapeutic properties against arthritis, muscular aches, and rheumatism, are located on the banks of the Apurímac River. The visitor can enjoy a relaxing time amongst nature, surrounded by carob trees and reed beds.

The Apurímac River Canyon

73 km to the north of the city of Abancay (2 hr. 30 min. by bus). the deepest canyons on the continent. The Quebrada Honda (Deep Gorge), on the road between Abancay and Cusco, is an excellent spot to enjoy the countryside. Adventure enthusiasts can practice rafting in its Category II and IV rapids.

The Saywite archeological Complex

47 km to the northeast of the city of Abancay (45 min. by car). Ticket entry. The complex consists of monoliths; nine springs; a rectangular platform that was used for rituals related to worship of the sun and astronomy, and Intihuatana, a carved stone. The most outstanding feature is the Saywite monolith. At 2.5 meters

The San Cristóbal Natural Lookout

5 km to the northeast of the city of Curahuasi (8 min. by car). From this observation point, there is a panoramic view of the Apurímac River’s meandering trajectory, the Cunyac bridge that connects the region with Cusco, the Salcantay chain of mountains, the Choquequirao archeological complex, and the Curahuasi valley. Fields of fruit crops and anise complete the image.


Andahuaylas Province The City Andahuaylas

121 km to the west of the city of Abancay (3 hr. by car). In spite of the passage of time, the city’s colonial architecture remains intact. A fountain carved from a single stone is a feature of its main square. The San Pedro bears the same name.

The Campanayocc Sanctuary

5 km to the south of the city of Andahuaylas (30 min. by car). enjoy the idyllic scenery of Andahuaylas and the Chumbao valley.

The Sóndor Archeological Complex

21 km to the northeast of the city of Andahuaylas (30 min. by car). Ticket entry. This archeological center consists of pyramid-like constructions surrounded by was later occupied by the Incas (1400-1532).

Pacucha Lagoon

17 km to the northeast of the city of Andahuaylas (20 min. by car). This lagoon, well known for its deep blue color, lies at 3091 meters. The yellowish

Bosque de Piedras de Pampachiri

130 km to the south of the city of Andahuaylas towards the Pampachiri stone forest (4 hr. by car). The wind and the passage of time have sculpted the volcanic rocks that rise up in mushrooms. They rise to a height of 8 meters. Their porous surfaces contain minerals, such as quartz, obsidian and basalt.

The Curamba Archeological Complex

15 km to the east of the district of Kishuara (15 min. by car). The ushno (altar) stands above various quadrangular and rectangular buildings that served as living quarters and storage areas. It is a truncated pyramid consisting of three platforms and had a sacred function. Every June 22, it is the scene of the Tinkuy Curamba, a representation of the visit of the Inca Pachacútec.

Paragliding in Andahuaylas © Musuk Nolte / PROMPERÚ


Pacucha Lagoon © Miguel Mejía / PROMPERÚ

Waywaka Lookout

2 km to the south of the city of Andahuaylas (20 min. on foot). From here the entire city of Andahuaylas and the Chumbao Valley, where a large cross protects the city, can be seen. It was also considered an important huaca.

Chincheros Province The Cocharcas Colonial Temple

110 km to the northwest of the city of Andahuaylas (3 hr. by bus). This temple of two towers and a dome was built between 1598 and 1625 in architecture. Its interior houses a carved altar covered in gold leaf, as well as works from the Cusco School and by Spanish masters.

Antabamba Province The San Salvador de Antabamba Temple

Antabamba main square. This austere church of lime and stone masonry has simple doors. Its main altar dates from the 17th century and is baroque in style, with wooden carvings coated in gold leaf.

The Nuestra Señora de Asunción de Huaquirca Church

Huaquirca main square This church has a facade of limestone and mud and is baroque-mestizo in style. Built in the 17th century, it is decorated with rustic murals and a carved wooden pulpit.


Aymaraes Province City of Chalhuanca

120 km to the southwest of the city of Abancay (2 h r. by car). This tranquil city a t an a ltitude o f 2800 m r etains b eautiful c hurches with wooden altars covered in gold leaf that bear testimony to its colonial splendor.

The Temple of Nuestr a Seño ra de las Mercedes d e Pampamar ca

23.5 km to the south of the city of Chal huanca (45 min. by car). This church was built in the 17th and 18th centuries and has a 20 m stone tower holding the María Angola Menor, a mythical bell.

The Pincahuacho Hot Springs

6 km to the northwest of the city of Chalhuanca (15 min. by car). Ticket entry. Crystal-clear mineral waters gush from the soil and reach a temperature of 73 ˚C.They are considered therapeutic for illness such as rheumatism and br onchitis.

Cotabambas Province The Ccacca Prison

200 m to the south of the main square of Haquira (5 min. on foot). This rocky crag of 15 meters in height served as a prison in colonial times and its name means “stone prison”. The tribunal in which people were judged is located in the central part. If found guilty, they were taken to the caves, which functioned as cells for men and women.

Pachachaca Bridge © Alonso Molina / PROMPERÚ


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