Huanuco

(3.839 meters) above sea level

 

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Gateway to the Amazon

Huánuco was a colonial center where temples, haciendas and mansions were built in an area that, for centuries, had been populated by the Lauricocha and other cultures, who left traces of their presence in the Kotosh “Templo de la Manos Cruzadas “ (Temple of the Crossed Hands). This beautiful area has forests full of sought-after fruits like coffee and cocoa, along with a variety of protected flora and fauna in the Tingo María national park. High mountains, hot springs, caves, lagoons, and a remarkable rock formation called Sleeping Beauty, make Huánuco the soul of the Andes, dressed in jungle.

  • Location: Highlands and central jungle of Peru, the Andean region is marked by the presence of the Huayhuash Range, Raura, and the jungle stretching across the eastern flank of the Andes.
  • Size: 37,722 Km2 (61 sq. miles).
  • Routes & length of stay.

 

2 Days

(Minimum
recommended
length of stay)

 

  •  1/2 DAY: Kotosh or the Temple of the Crossed Hands, Jatun Ushco  and Andabamba Estate.
  • 1 DAY: Garu Archaeological Complex, Lacshahuarina and Tingo María National Park.
  • 2 DAY: Baños Hot Springs and Lake Lauricocha. 

 

What to buy?

Among Huanuco craft lines we are: ceramics, textiles, woodwork, vegetable fibers (especially sisal), seeds, bordaduría, bamboo and pyrography.

  • Wood products and roots: Human figures, animals, religious are made in local wood, bamboo and bumps.
  • Decorative paintings: Prints and cards made with bird feathers and paintings of butterflies and insects.
  • Textiles: Ponchos , blankets , skirts , blankets , hats, Chuyos , sheep wool are made.

What to eat?

It has three characteristics that unlike those prepared in other Andean departments. For example: as a dressing for meat a special herb of the region called “chincho” the preferential use of very tender pork, before the ram, and the use of larger amounts of tubers and sweet tamales used to accompany the dis.The cooking process takes place in an underground oven, which is made of large river stones, previously heated, where food is placed. Oven with banana leaves and earth is covered, after a lapse of 45 minutes to an hour cooked Pachamanca is discovered.

Typical dishes Huánuco.

  • Picante de cuy: Dish served with rice and a guinea pig potatoes per person. To prepare the guinea pigs are golden in hot oil apart an onion sauce and ground peanuts garlic red chili panca, the same as in separate pot is sewn with golden guinea pigs is formed.
  • Pachamanca : Various meats, potatoes and tender corn cooked pre-Hispanic style, underground, between hot stones and all seasoned with herbs.
  • Juanes: Rice stick with chunks of chicken wrapped in banana leaves.
Huanuco Attractions in the City
San Cristobal Church (Iglesia Shan Cristóbal)-Huanuco

San Cristobal Church (Iglesia Shan Cristóbal)-Huanuco

  Visiting Hours : Daytime and at night. Location : on the left bank of the Huallaga river portentous. Once founded the city of Huanuco, Huanuco in antiplanicie Old had a place up the church dedicated to Our Lady of...

Huánuco Plaza de Armas – City Tour Huanuco

Huánuco Plaza de Armas – City Tour Huanuco

Visiting Hours : Daytime and at night. Location : In the centre of the city. Huanuco Featuring a central fountain sculpted in 1845 by the Italian architect Julio Seretti. The base is made of a stone that was worshipped...

Huánuco Cathedral – Cathedral Tours in Peru

Huánuco Cathedral – Cathedral Tours in Peru

Visiting Hours : Mon-Sun 9.00 am – 1.00 pm, and 4.00 pm – 8:00 pm. Location : Jr. Dámaso Beraún No 701. Huanuco Built in 1966, it houses a collection of paintings from the Cuzco school and a Baroque-style...

Calicanto Bridge – Huanuco Attractions in The City

Calicanto Bridge – Huanuco Attractions in The City

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 400 metres from Huánuco plaza (4 blocks). Huanuco The first stone was laid in 1879. The bridge was built on the river Huallaga and is 60 metres long. It was built with granite...

San Francisco Church – Catholic Churches in Peru

San Francisco Church – Catholic Churches in Peru

Visiting Hours : Mon-Sun 6.00 am – 10.00 am, and 5.00 pm – 8:00 pm. Location : Jr. Damaso Beraún No 391. Huanuco Initially built in 1560 and renovated many years later in the neoclassical style. The altars retain...

Temple of the Crossed Hands – Tourism in Peru

Temple of the Crossed Hands – Tourism in Peru

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 5 km west of Huánuco (10 minutes by car). Huanuco An archaeological complex that is more than 4,000 years old. It comprises 3 overlapping temples: Nichitos, Blanco and Manos Cruzadas, which have five...

Huanuco Attractions Beyond the City
Lake Lauricocha (Lago Lauricocha)- Huanuco

Lake Lauricocha (Lago Lauricocha)- Huanuco

Visiting Hours : Daytime  8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. Location : 63.5 miles/ 7 hours Lauricocha Lagoon is located in the district of San Miguel de Cauri in the province of Lauricocha , in the department of Huanuco It is...

The Cave of the Pavas (La Cueva de las Pavas)-Huanuco

The Cave of the Pavas (La Cueva de las Pavas)-Huanuco

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 15 kilometers Visiting Hours: Daytime.Turkeys Cave 15 kilometers from Tingo Maria. The final leg of a deep and narrow gorge through which runs a stream, forming small beaches and wells surrounded by lush vegetation is found.

The Cave of the Owls (La Cueva de las Lechuzas)-Huanuco

The Cave of the Owls (La Cueva de las Lechuzas)-Huanuco

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 11 kilometers Visiting  Hours: Daytime. The cave of owls is located in the foothills of the “Sleeping Beauty”, 11 kilometers from Tingo Maria It is a huge limestone cave that houses inside a large colony...

Huánuco Pampa Archaeological Complex  – Peru Archaeology

Huánuco Pampa Archaeological Complex – Peru Archaeology

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 144 km from Huánuco (5 hours by car). Huanuco Also known as Huánuco Marka or Old Huánuco, this was an Inca administrative centre and an important production centre, especially for high quality woven...

La Perricholi House – Peru Travel

La Perricholi House – Peru Travel

Visiting Hours : Mon – Sun 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. Location : 18 km from Huánuco (25 minutes). Huanuco The ancestral home where Micaela Villegas, known as La Perricholi, (the famous lover of Viceroy Amat) lived. Built from...

Tomayquichua  – Peru Attractions

Tomayquichua – Peru Attractions

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 18 km south of Huánuco (25 minutes). Huanuco An area full of narrow streets and beautiful landscapes that still has many ancient houses with spacious courtyards. The place where Micaela Villegas, known as...

Garu Archaeological Complex – Tourism in Huanuco

Garu Archaeological Complex – Tourism in Huanuco

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 75 km from Huánuco (2 hours 30 minutes by car). Huanuco Considered to be the political and administrative centre of the Yaros or Yarowilcas culture, this was one of the most organised and...

Shismay Estate – Huanuco Tours

Shismay Estate – Huanuco Tours

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 17 km from Huánuco. Huanuco An isolated world in which to enjoy peace and tranquillity, this is 3,500 hectares of land in the Peruvian central Andes.

Huanuco Festivals
festival of  the sun (Fiesta del Sol)-Huanuco

festival of the sun (Fiesta del Sol)-Huanuco

Begins: 26 – July- 2015 Ends: 29 – July- 2015 Staging of worship the Sun ( Inti Raymi ) in the Inca citadel of Wanuco Marka with more than 200 actors, presenting music and native dances and performing the...

Lord Bath Festival (Fiesta al Señor de Baños)

Lord Bath Festival (Fiesta al Señor de Baños)

  Date of Celebration: 03- May  From the province of Lauricocha comes this religious festival where many activities for visitors of the Feast of the Lord Bathrooms are included. The streets are embellished Huanuco to receive a procession accompanied by...

Carnival Huanuqueño (Carnaval Huanuqueño)

Carnival Huanuqueño (Carnaval Huanuqueño)

Huanuco Begins: 20 -February. Ends: 28 -February. Under a framework characterized by the color and joy that surrounds the department of Huanuco, Peru carnival this is accompanied by music, fireworks, water, and a festive atmosphere that leaves enchanted the person visiting...

Festival of the Sun – Festival of The Sun Peru

Festival of the Sun – Festival of The Sun Peru

  Huanuco Begins: 27-July Ends: 27-July The Festival of the Sun or Inti Raymi is a deep-rooted custom in Andean tradition. It takes place in the Ushno, or Main Square, of the Huánuco Pampa Inca Fortress.

Anniversary of the Spanish Founding of Huánuco – Huanuco Festivals

Anniversary of the Spanish Founding of Huánuco – Huanuco Festivals

  Huanuco Begins: 15-August Ends: 15-August An agricultural, industrial, and craft fair, with performances by musical groups and excursions to the main regional tourist attractions.

Anniversary of Tingo María – Peru Attractions Festivals

Anniversary of Tingo María – Peru Attractions Festivals

Huanuco Begins: 15-October Ends: 15-October Celebrations begin in the Plaza de Armas with serenades and typical dances. Agricultural, craft and tourist fairs are also organized, as well as adventure sport competitions, including mountain biking and rafting on Huallaga River.

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