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Capital of the Department: Abancay
07 counties and 79 districts.

Capital: 2378 msnm (Abancay)
Minimum: 2378 msnm (Abancay)
Maxim: 3952 msnm (Pataypampa)

The city of Abancay has a temperate climate, with a half annual maximum temperature of 23,8°C (74,8ºF) and a minimum of 11,7°C (53ºF). The season of rains begins in November and it concludes in March.

Terrestrial: Lima-Nasca-Puquio-Abancay: 912 km (14 hours in bus); Lima-Ayacucho-Andahuaylas-Abancay: Air 956 km (22 hours in bus): Not there are regular neither direct flights. It is possible to arrive by air using the route Lima-Cusco (1 hour) and then to follow the tract by lorry Cusco-Abancay 198 km (4 hours and 30 minutes in car).

Andahuaylas (Prov. Adahuaylas) 138 km / 6 hours.
Antabamba (Prov. Antabamba) 234 / 6 hours.
Chalhuanca (Prov. Aymaraes 121 km / 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Tambobamba (Prov. Cotabambas) 248 km / 11 hours.
Chincheros (Prov. Chincheros) 226 km / 9 hours.
Chuquibambilla (Prov. of Grau) 105 km / 5 hours.

Airport of Huancabamba - Andahuaylas. Highway Andahuaylas-Huancabamba km 15, Andahuaylas. Tel. (083) 57-1533

Abancay. Terrestrial terminal: Av. Juan Pablo Castro with Av. Pachacútec.
Andahuaylas. Not terminals exist; most of companies are concentrated in:
- Av. Lázaro Carrillo squares 1
- Av. José María Arguedas squares 2
- Av. Martinelli squares 1.
- Av. Andahuaylas squares 1

Abancay. Regional Hospital Guillermo Díaz De La Vega. Av. Daniel TO. Carrión s/n. Tel. (083) 32-2247
Andahuaylas. Hospital Subregional Chanka. Av. Hugo Pesce 180. Tel. (083) 72-1020 / 72-2545.

- General command of the National Police of Peru. Jr. Lima 1000, Abancay. Tel. (083) 32-1094.
- Police Station of Abancay. Jr. Puno s/n. Tel. (083) 32-1222. Attention: 24 hours
- Police Station of Andahuaylas. Av. Peru 198. Tel. (083) 72-1671 / 72-1054

Abancay. Jr. Arequipa s/n, Central Market of Supplies

Abancay. Jr. Arequipa 213. Tel. (083) 32-1088. Attention: L-S 8:00-20:00, D 8:00-15:00
Andahuaylas. Av. Peru 243. Tel. (083) 72-1062 / 72-1120. Attention: L-S 8:00-20:00, D 8:00-15:00

I govern Regional of Apurímac www.regionapurí


The department of Apurímac is located in the south, it borders with Cusco, Arequipa and Ayacucho. It possesses an uneven geography, it is located between immense hills and deep abysses. To be located in the mountain, most of the year their climate is dominated by rains and low temperatures; it is recommended to travel between the months of June and October.

He/she has an extension of 20,654 square kilometers.

Their capital is Abancay, city of spring climate, remain silent narrow, you marry white with calamine roofs or red tiles.


To arrive to this department is easy bastanta you can make it via terrestrial or via air.

VIA TERRESTRIAL: you can make it for the route Lima - Nazca - Chalhuanca - Andahuaylas (1027 km, approximately) with a duration average of 16 hours in car. Another route terestre is Lima - Huancavelica - Ayacucho - Chincheros - Andahuaylas (900 km approximately) via "The Route of The Liberators" with a duration average of 18 hours in car.

VIA AIR: Lima - Cusco (1 hour) continuing the tract by lorry Cusco - Abancay - Andahuaylas with a duration average of 9 hours in car. The air route Lima - Andahuaylas is the but direct (single 55 minutes) you lands in the airport of Huancabamba, and of there toward Andahuaylas, 15 minutes, of passing one can admire the beautiful countryside of the valley of Chumbao.


Little is what is known about their origins; however, the columnists relate that their first inhabitants conformed it tribes of diverse areas that had their origin in the Quechua culture. In the region of Andahuaylas they had their seat legendary Chancas, group of tribes that have gone to the history like one of the most hardened and rebellious towns in old Peru by their militancy.

The columnists that Chancas arrived count to prepares during years to conquer the City Imperial of Cusco and that of not having been for the great figure and strategy of Inca Pachacutec, the Incan empire would have succumbed.

When the conquerors established the first political organization of the colony, the whole extension of the current department the jurisdiction of the authorities of Huamanga was almost; however memories are not conserved it has more than enough foundation of cities and towns.

During the fight for the emancipation and the independence, Apurímac contributed its best children for this cause. One of them was Mateo Pumacahua who led a movement that extended until Andahuaylas. Special mention deserves Micaela Bastidas who next to its husband José Gabriel Condorcanqui - Túpac Amaru II - it faced the Spanish oppressor's torture and he/she gave its life for the freedom.

When beginning the Republic, Abancay belonged to Cusco. April of 1873, 28 by means of law, the department of Apurímac is believed taking like base the counties of Andahuaylas (Ayacucho), Antabamba, Aymaraes, and Cotabambas (Cusco), locating to Abancay like its capital.


Square of Weapons, The Cathedral, the chapel of the Mr. of the Fall and the parks Ocampo and Micaela Bastidas.

The archaeological Complex of Saywite, located to the north of Abancay., that it shows the existence of cultural millennial centers. Here it is possible to see the famous stone of Saywite; considered as the "scale model of Tahantinsuyo", he/she has four diameter meters, almost circular and convex, with multiple carved and it represents to men, animals and vegetables contained by natural regions.

Snowed Ampay, natural imposing marvel that rises to the foot of the city of Abancay.

Curahuasi, valley where the best anisette in the world takes place and from where he/she leaves to Saywite. From here you can also appreciate in their real magnitude to Salcantay, imposing snowy located in Cusco. It can also visit one another the thermal bathrooms of Ccónoc.


Andahuaylas. The most modern city in the department rises on the 2 thousand 980 meters s.n.m and it possesses a lightly cold climate. Their main church is San Pedro's Cathedral and it was built based on colonial architecture. In their Square of Weapons it highlights the built pileta of a single stone.

Talavera of Reyna to 4 kilometers of the city of Andahuaylas. In this place their Square of Weapons stands out, built with the help of stone and where an impressive tower stands out with a public clock. Very close they can visit one another the thermal bathrooms of Hualalache.

Chalhuanca, capital of the county of Aymaraes located on the 2 thousand 800 meters s.n.m. It conserves beautiful churches built in the colonial time with fine carved in wood and bread of gold.

Antabamba, archaeological important center where the funeral caverns are plentiful. There they have been skulls trepaned with a perfection that astonishes to the medicine; also sculptures of mud, weapons, domestic utensils and hunt instruments.

Lagoon of Pacucha, considered one of the most beautiful and extensive of the country, s rises on the 3 thousand meters.n.m. It is located between the highway of Andahuaylas and Abancay. Ideal place to rest and to enjoy with the nature. One can also fish and to hunt ducks.

Chincheros. Beautiful district full with beauty and coloring, located in the county of Andahuaylas.


The inhabitants of Apurímac are characterized by their good one to eat and hospitality toward who requests it to him. He/she doesn't surprise this way to see that permanently they offer us food, mainly a variety of homemade breads that you/they are prepared based on flour that themselves elaborates.

One of their more typical plates is Huatía, which dates of ancestral times. It consists on the preparation of a surrounded bonfire of stones in whose interior potatoes are placed until achieving their cooking. The old inhabitants prepared it during the siembra time or it harvests.

Also of this department it is the well-known plate of potatoes and eggs with "uchullachua (pepper with fresh cheese and huacatay)." The grills, tarapacos, paltos and threads are among the variety of breads.

To drink they recommend the chichas and punches.


1 at January 6. Festejos of New Year in Andahuaylas. During these days he/she is carried out the Drop of Black that are disguised dancers. there are amusements of all type, specially folkloric related with the religion. Festejos of New Year in Andahuaylas. During these days he/she is carried out the Drop of Black that are disguised dancers. there are amusements of all type, specially folkloric related with the religion.

February. Carnivals. The town is overturned to the streets to participate of Gunsa (it knocks down it mounts). It is the only opportunity in that Apurímac shows all its folklore with street disguised processions and dancing for all the neighborhoods. In Andahuaylas the women and men dance in gangs during day and night. In Grau, they are organized bullfights and the eve is practiced the "torril velacuy" (veiled to the bulls) to drive away to the bad spirits and to avoid that they cause damages to the bullfighters. In representing Aymaraes of different districts they face with deep, by way of bereavement, being wounded and contusos at the end of this bereavement.

May 13. The Virgin's of Fátima Festivity. Great folklore unfolding, especially music and it dances. From different places of the department they arrive to Grau musical numerous groups to show their art.

June 24. It trades Agricultural of Pachaconas (Antabamba) where the best products in the region are exhibited. A called churchwarden Carguyoc takes charge of entertaining all the assistants.

July 28. YAWAR PARTY in CHALHUANCA - AYMARAES. Bullfight with Condors tied to the loin. Traditional party although he/she is carried out in the whole department, he/she has their special fame in this county.There are also fights of roosters and the traditional Walk to the Lagoon of Pacucha, where there is very good fishing of trouts.

August 15. The Virgin's of Asunción Festivity. The county of Grau is overturned to the streets to attend the processions and prayers in the streets. Simultaneously it is executed the "tinca" or mark of the livestock. In Cotabambas the party takes place with Yawar Party.

24 of September. Our Lady's of Mercedes Party. By means of the I Invite or invitation, the whole town of Antabamba participates dancing, drinking, eating or attending the bullfights and horse races.

October 7. Party of Rosario's Virgin, festivity in which the whole town of Abancay intervenes. There are processions and artificial fires. Alferado or Churchwarden runs with all the expenses of the party.

November 3. Day of Abancay with sport, folkloric and social diverse activities. There are also fight of roosters and bullfights.

December 8. Concepción's Virgin's Festivity. In Cotabambas it is danced before in the main square during three or four nights and after the party.

December 25. During Christmas Eve and navidad, the inhabitants of Cotabambas, leave to the streets to dance with the disguised dancers. They are carried out adorations to the boy in big concentrations where the whole town sings and he/she prays. There are also processions, artificial fires and banquets with typical plates.


This area virgin even stays for the tourism internal and external, this massive situation she gives him/her a special shade.

It should not be thought that this area doesn't have a lot to offer to the visitor, on the contrary they have been identified a series of complex archaeological as they are those of SONDOR, CURAMBA, AMPI CEMETERY, USMA CHULLPA, ACHANCHI, QUISPIMARCA, URANMARCA, MAUCALLAQTA and PAQWAYRANRA.

But not alone there are ruins to see and to appreciate, the colonial architecture with a white influences Spanish he/she is reflected in the constructions that were carried out in this period. Manifestations of this type are in SAN PEDRO'S CHURCH DE ANDAHUAYLAS, TALAVERA'S churches and SAN JERONIMO, THE SANCTUARY OF THE VIRGIN OF COCHARCAS, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER CHUMBAO, THE MUNICIPAL PALACE, PILETA OF THE SQUARE OF WEAPONS, and LARGE HOUSES of the place that even stay in good conservation state.

But there is even a lot but, those that you/they like to practice the ecological tourism found a series of tourist attractiveness as they are, FOREST OF STONES DE PANCULA, MIRADOR DE WAYWACA, ECOLOGICAL PARK DE CCOYAHUACHO, MEDICINAL BATHROOMS DE HUALALACHI, WATERFALL DE POMAPACHIRI, VALLEY OF CHUMBAO and THE LAGOONS DE SOITICCOCHA and ANTACCOCHA.


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