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Apurímac is composed of narrow and deep valleys, with impressive chasms, cold plateaus and high peaks. It stands out for its thermal waters, cordilleran forests, lagoons, flora, fauna, the huge Ampay snow cap and the deep Apurimac Canyon.

Among its main characteristics are the mestizo architecture of its buildings and the permanent traditional celebrations in different cities such as Abancay and Andahuaylas.

Take a look at Apurimac

Visit Andahuaylas

Located 138 km west of Abancay, Andahuaylas (Quechua, 'pradera de los celajes') `is the second most important city in the department of Apurímac. A large part of its population has Quechua as their first language. Every September 14th the feast of the Lord of Huanca is celebrated and the bloody ritual of the Yawar Fiesta is performed, in which a condor, tied to the back of a bull, represents the confrontation of the Andean and Hispanic world.

Visit Abancay

It is the capital of the department of Apurímac. Abancay is an almost obligatory stop for travelers traveling from Cusco to Ayacucho. It has numerous well-kept parks and an attractive colonial architecture.

Archaeological Site of Sóndor

21 km from Andahuaylas. Ancient stone buildings of the Chanka culture, with a spectacular view of the mountains. In this place the Son Raymi is performed, staging the birth, evolution and conquest of the Chanka people by the Incas in the 15th century.


Archeological site whose main attraction is the Saywite Stone, an enormous Inca monolith engraved with images of plants and animals. It is believed that it was linked to the cult of water and fertility.

National Sanctuary of Ampay

Reserve created in 1987 to protect the intimpa or romerillo forests in the Pachachaca river basin. During the dry season (May to September) the area is visited to undertake the ascent to the summit of Ampay, which rises to 5,200 meters above sea level.

Kapchi de chuño

The kapchi or japchi is a sauce that has as fundamental ingredients quesillo (cottage cheese) crumbled and chili pepper (rocoto). To this base you can add, according to taste, various ground ingredients such as huacatay, garlic, toothpick and milk. The chuño is steeped and chopped.

La Huatía

It consists in the preparation of a bonfire surrounded by stones inside which you place potatoes until they are cooked.

Data you should know if you travel

  • Weather

    The climate is warm and temperate in Apurímac. The summers are much rainier than the winters, the average annual temperature is 10.1 ° C.

  • Best season

    The best month to have a good temperature is in September, while the coldest month of the year is July. The rainiest months are December, January and February.

  • How to get?

    By road, Lima-Nasca-Puquio-Abancay: 912 km. Or the route Lima-Huancayo-Ayacucho-Andahuaylas-Abancay: 956 km.
    By air, there are regular flights from Lima.