Huancavelica

 

(3.676 meters) above sea level

 

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Fertile Fields and Rich History

Huancavelica proudly boasts many attractions such as archaeological sites, temples and mansions in its urban core. A past surrounded by a pleasant environment of natural, therapeutic hot springs, fertile lands, lakes and snowy mountains: the heart of the Andes, dominated by two great cultures, the Wari and the Chancha. It was later transformed by the Inca into a military center, and later it was turned into a Spanish city to exploit silver and mercury.

  • Location: Central highlands of Peru, a rugged terrain of valleys, deep gorges, high mountains, winding roads and plateaus.
  • Size: 22,131 Km2 (8,545 sq. miles).

Routes & length of stay

2 Days

(Minimum
recommended
length of stay)

 

  •  1 day: Historic Centre ,Sacsamarca .Santa Bárbara Mine or Mine of Death .                                            Uchkus Inkaña Archaeological Complex, Tucumachay Ravine, Chonta Peak ,Pultocc Lagoon,  Choclococha Lagoon,Izcuchaca District 
  • 2 days: Inca Palace Incahuasi Archaeological Sites, Lircay City, Ocopa,Huapa Pool,                               Huayllay Grande “Willka Puquio” Inca Baths,  Allpas Archaeological Complex,  Virgin of Lourdes Stone Labyrinths, La Virgen Dormida (The Sleeping  Virgin) .
 

What to eat?
 

Gastronomy in Huancavelica 
The residents of Huancavelica well used the fruits of the earth and the good meat they produce their cattle and their richer offer alturista dishes and stews. 
The huancavelicanos native invented two dishes that are eaten by tradition before and during their holidays and now have become famous in Peru such as: elmondongo and Pachamanca, but also have a variety of dishes, together two culinary roots and Peruvian Andean Spanish.

What to buy?
 

Huancavelica is known to offer visitors a textile crafts in their tissues variety of ancient iconography of salient colors that adorn most of their clothing that dress ; maquitos , chumpis , stockings, chullos , poncho , hat. Woven fabrics also made ​​, in points, sticks crochet and other events in alpaca , sheep wool and cotton with natural dyes.

Typical dishes Huancavelica

Carnero Al Palo: The ram is prepared to stick with a special dressing crossed on a stick and then cooked over charcoal. Usually the skin smeared with lemon ram, exposes to the sun, garlic, red pepper sauce, cumin, salt, pepper and chicha is cast. It is served with potatoes, beans, geese and vegetables.

Puchero o Timpu: The pot or timpu (boiled) is an Andean dish made with beef jerky (dried alpaca meat), beef, mutton, fresh beans, beans, chuño (dried potatoes), corn, carrot, cassava, sweet potatoes and vegetables. It is boiled breast of lamb and beef or other ingredients.

Huancavelica Attractions in the City
Temple of San Juan de Dios in Peru travel to Huancavelica excursions

Temple of San Juan de Dios in Peru travel to Huancavelica excursions

Visiting Hours : Daytime and at night. Location : Plaza San Juan de Dios w/o No. Huancavelica Built in the 17th century, it holds paintings from the Huamanga school. The church has been known for the charitable work it...

Temple of Santo Domingo religious tours in Peru Huancavelica Churches

Temple of Santo Domingo religious tours in Peru Huancavelica Churches

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : Jr. Carabaya w/o No, Plaza Santo Domingo. Huancavelica Built in the 16th century, the site is the centre of worship of the Virgin of the Rosary and Santo Domingo, whose images were brought...

Temple and Convent of San Francisco in Peru city tours Huancavelica

Temple and Convent of San Francisco in Peru city tours Huancavelica

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : Plaza Bolognesi w/o No. Huancavelica The church, built in 1774, is preserved almost intact despite the earthquakes it has had to endure. With a mixed style, as with most of the Andean temples,...

San Antonio Cathedral Church in Peru travel to Huancavelica tours

San Antonio Cathedral Church in Peru travel to Huancavelica tours

Visiting Hours : Monday – Saturday 7.00 am and 5.15 pm. Sun 5.30 am, 8.00 am, 9.30 am and 5.15 pm. Location : Plaza de Armas. Huancavelica Built in the 17th century, the church’s front is truly impressive due...

Plaza de Armas Huancavelica tours in Peru attractions Peruvians tours

Plaza de Armas Huancavelica tours in Peru attractions Peruvians tours

Visiting Hours : Daytime and at night. Location : Historic Centre, between the town hall and the Virgen de los Dolores Chapel. Huancavelica Colonial in appearance, it is next to the town hall, which has two stories and eleven...

Huancavelica Attractions Beyond the City
Izcuchaca district – Tours Huancavelica

Izcuchaca district – Tours Huancavelica

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 78 km north of Huancavelica (2 hours on a dirt road and, from Huancayo, 1 hour 30 minutes on a paved road). Huancavelica Inexhaustible hot springs are located in Paucari, Huaspu and Aguas...

Choclococha Lagoon – Peru Huancavelica

Choclococha Lagoon – Peru Huancavelica

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 72 km from Huancavelica (10 minutes on a bridleway from the community of the same name, and 15 minutes from the centre of Santa Inés village by bus). Huancavelica Ideal for trout fishing...

Pultocc Lagoon – Explore Peru

Pultocc Lagoon – Explore Peru

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 68 km from Huancavelica and 4 km from the Choclococha community. Huancavelica Home to abundant wildlife, including trout, wild ducks and Andean flamingos. Serves as a watering hole for local livestock. The surrounding...

Uchkus Inkañan Archaeological Complex

Uchkus Inkañan Archaeological Complex

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 26 km from Huancavelica (1 hour and 45 minutes by car). Huancavelica An important administrative, religious and astronomical observation centre. One of the platforms contains water mirrors that allowed the movement of the...

Chonta peak – tours Huancavelica

Chonta peak – tours Huancavelica

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 64 km from Huancavelica (1 hour and 45 minutes by car). Huancavelica A perfect spot for adventure sports with an impressive view of the area’s scenery.

Huancavelica Festivals
Galas, Laicas – Huancavelica attractions

Galas, Laicas – Huancavelica attractions

Huancavelica Begins: 24-December Ends: 28-December Known as the famous Dance of Scissors, it is an ancient dance that is still performed as a classic dance and magical/religious ritual, whose movements demonstrate the dexterity and physical and mental agility of the “tusuq”...

Festival of the Holy Spirit – Excursions

Festival of the Holy Spirit – Excursions

Huancavelica Begins: 04-May Ends: 30-June Festival of the patron of Huancavelica where the Holy Spirit is worshipped with customary exhibitions like the chaskiy bull, the chutay bull, and the pukllay bull, performed by different neighborhoods for one week. This feast begins...

Easter Week in Huancavelica – Festivals

Easter Week in Huancavelica – Festivals

Huancavelica Begins: 25-March Ends: 31-May Celebrations start on Palm Sunday and the entrance of Jesus riding a donkey specially grown for that date. Afterwards, procession commences on Holy Monday, with the Lord of Prendimiento; Easter Wednesday, with Jesus of Nazareth carrying...

Sweet Child Named Jesus – Peru festivals

Sweet Child Named Jesus – Peru festivals

Huancavelica Begins: 01-January Ends: 31-January Recalls the search for Jesus, who was found by his parents at the temple with the Doctors of the Law. This celebration, that includes a variety of songs and dances, lasts four days. A highlight is...

Worship of the Three Wise Men – Tours

Worship of the Three Wise Men – Tours

Huancavelica Begins: 04-January Ends: 07-January Considered to be the most typical and complete popular festival. It portrays the visit of the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem. The most important celebration is the shepherds’ dance in front of San Francisco Church, as...

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