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Huancavelica: 10 tourist places you should see

The city of Huancavelica, located in the department and province of the same name, stands majestically on the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains. Its name comes from the Quechua Wanka Willka, which means “Sacred Stone” and it is surrounded by beautiful landscape destinations for those who want to enjoy an unforgettable trip.


Huancavelica is a Peruvian city, capital of the district, province and department of the same name. This city was founded with the name of Villa Rica de Oropesa on August 4, 1571.


Plaza de Armas Huancavelica

One of the first places to visit upon arrival in Huancavelica is its Plaza de Armas. In the center of the square we find a granite stone pool, which is its main feature, built in 1862, it is a good place to take a break and buy various things in the nearby stores.


San Cristobal Hot Springs

The San Cristóbal thermal baths are located in a nearby pseudonymous area, on the slopes of the Sierra de Potoqchi belonging to the city of Huancavelica. These waters are part of the tourist complex that usually receives a large number of tourists.


Puyas de Raimondi Forests

Raimondi Puyas are considered one of the rarest plants on the planet. They are located in the community of Callqui called Ccallanapucro, 14 km from the center of Huancavelica. Their flowering occurs once and they exceed 10 meters in height where there are more than 1,500 seedlings of this species.


Church of San Sebastian

Its construction dates back to 1662. The architecture of this church is mainly of Renaissance design, as can be seen in the sketch of the cover. Compared to the first, its side is a tower. The second structure is composed of two main bodies and a finished arch. Its characteristic is that as it rises, the area of its parts is considerably reduced.


san francisco Church

Located in Bolognesi Square, it was built in 1777. Inside, there are baroque altarpieces, carved in wood and bathed in gold leaf. In Ricardo Palma's ''Peruvian Traditions'', he mentions that a Franciscan father hanged himself in one of the convent cells, according to which, at night he goes out for a walk and rings the church bells.


Church of Santo Domingo

This church was built only 30 years after the founding of the city and is one of the oldest colonial buildings. Architecturally, it has a baroque appearance that makes it very attractive to tourists.


Santa Barbara Mine

In 1571 this mercury mine was discovered with the help of an indigenous chief; The exploitation of Peru's silver deposits improved considerably, becoming the starting point of the "famous Mercury Route." However, due to the hardness of the work it was called the mine of death, at the main entrance it is possible to see a shield of the Spanish crown engraved in stone.


Incahuasi Archaeological Complex

Located in the district of Huaytará, it is known as the '' House of the Incas '' or '' Inca Palace ''. It is considered the most important building in the entire region. Incahuasi is surrounded by plazas, palaces, warehouses, canals, residential areas and buildings with astronomical goals. Only open from April to September.


Inkañan Uchkus archaeological complex

It is located 24 km. Huancavelica is an important center for religious and astronomical observation. In one of them there is an exceptional water mirror on the platform, which can follow the movements of the Sun and the Moon. In addition, there is an area dedicated to agricultural work with a miniature terrace. Entry is only allowed between May and October.


Huaytará archaeological complex

It is located in the district of Huaytará, 338 km away. Its main attraction is the temple of the same name. It was built by order of the Inca Pachacutec during the conquest of the Chincha civilization in the 15th century. The complex is located below the Church of San Juan Bautista and is built with granite stone where two sections are distinguished; the Inca Palace and the Inca Baths.


Best Tours in Peru

Many are the routes that take you to Machu Picchu, but none is like the Inca Trail Tours, the most famous pedestrian path in the Americas. After flying from the capital of Perú, Lima, you will arrive in Cusco to walk for four days along a path through forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and discovering the ruins of ancient fortifications and Inca cities, and all the time enjoying majestic views.

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