Huancavelica is located in the southern central highlands of Peru. It is considered one of the smallest regions of the country, in addition to presenting a rugged and steep relief throughout its territory. On the other hand, it shows great wealth in productive resources and surprising nature.
The Andes mountain range separates Huancavelica into three areas: inter-Andean center with high elevations above sea level, streams, and valleys; a western side to the west with mountains that descend towards the coast, with snow and peaks; the northeast that covers part of the high jungle.
For many travelers, it is still an inhospitable territory that has a lot to offer and discover and for others, it is a challenge because of its low temperature between 9 and 12ºC, for most visitors, it is a terrible cold, dry and icier in height. Upon arrival, tourists should be connected to the environment, so it is recommended a good coca tea to withstand the altitude sickness. Due to its great climatic variety of the department, different natural regions and areas dedicated to agriculture and mining can be distinguished.
The city of Huancavelica is the capital of the region, it is 457 km away. from Lima (around 12 hours by bus). There are several routes to get to the city: by private car, the male train or by bus; It can arrive directly or via Pisco or Huancayo. The region is a city embraced by rocky mountains, with a variable climate; To enjoy the place it is preferable to travel from May to October.
Walking through the city is to return in time, it presents a unique architecture especially in its temples (the circuit of the churches is recommended) and the Plaza de Armas is known as the Villa Rica OropesaAround it there are beautiful colonial architectures. There is the Cathedral, the Municipality, the Chapel of the Virgen de Los Dolores and in the center, there is a stone pool with two water sources.
Do not forget to try the typical Huancavelican dishes, such as the rich pataca, the mondongo soup (ask for extra mote and Conchita ). If you have time, look for a pachamanca, you will surely enjoy it.
Hot Springs of San Cristobal, Izcuchaca
San Cristóbal is a place located 10 minutes from the city of Huancavelica. It presents a perfect recreation center to relax, hang out with friends or family. It has family and Olympic thermal water pools with medicinal properties and healing properties; Ideal for skin problems. Therefore, many tourists will enjoy the site.
The thermal water pools are located on Av. They attend from Monday to Friday from 6 to 3 in the afternoon, except Thursdays. It also has a cafeteria, private bathrooms, slide for children and showers. Adults $ 1 and children $ 0.50 in cash.
On the other hand, when you reach the city of Izcuchaca (78 kilometers from the city), take advantage of crossing the lime bridge, trekking and walking around the pre-Hispanic archaeological sites. The town is the beauty of the Peruvian highlands. To arrive (preferably) you must take the walking tour. You will also find other hot springs in Paucari, Huaspu, and Aguas Calientes.
Sachapite Stone Forest
The Sachapite forest is located 20 kilometers from the city of Huancavelica. Be a strange and surprising amalgam of stone formations, which resemble images and incredible forms. It has a presence in the place because they present figures, which change according to the sunset. Others are similar to the towers and show unique shapes; They bring to mind the Torre Torre stone forest in Junín, another wonder of nature.
Huaytara Archaeological Complex
One of the most important attractions of Huancavelica is the Huaytara Complex, it is located 200 meters from the Castrovirreyna district. In its beginnings, it was an Inca construction, which was used to build the church of San Juan de Huaytara in the colonial era. In the Complex it is distinguished by the Palace of the Inca next to the church and the Baths of the Inca with a beautiful system of terraces and hot springs. The Palace is trapezoidal and shows enclosures for ritual baths. It has a height of almost 3.70 meters, according to the explanations of the guides of the place. You can see niches, niches, and more buildings.
The entrance schedule is from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm and from 2:30 pm to 6 pm. General admission $ 1 and school fees $ 0.5
Uchcus Inkañam archaeological complex
Inkañan Uchkus or Uchkus Inkañam is located in the peasant community of Uchkus Alto in the Yauli district, about 25 kilometers from the city of Huancavelica (2 hours by car). The site consists of three sectors, among them we have Qorimina (Inca baths), Inkañan (astronomical observatory) and Chunkana (ceremonial center).
The place stands out for its attractions in the textile industry, its streets are inhabited by artisans and farmers. Take advantage of going to the market to buy local products.
The Incahuasi Complex or Casa del Inca. It is an Inca construction, it presents a religious ceremonial center. It is located near the city of Huaytara about 25 km. The solar clock or intihuatana, the streets, three-dimensional windows, squares, the palace of the two windows, similar in some respects to that found in Machu Picchu (Cusco), stand out.
The Choclococha lagoon is the largest in the region, it is a natural reserve, its waters are very clean and one can see its reflection in its waters. The place is 14 meters deep. It is found in the Puna region and on its banks we can see alpacas, vicuñas, and llamas and throughout the sky a great variety of birds.
It is a precise place for boating, observing the biodiversity of the environment, trout fishing (depending on the season). Some intrepid people practice paragliding from the Tablapata hill. It is located 68 kilometers from Huancavelica (about 3 hours by bus) and 15 minutes from Santa Inés. The place is beautiful worth visiting.
Snowy of Chonta
If you are an adventurous traveler and practice ecotourism, visiting the Snowy of Chonta will be a great walk for you and you will enjoy it. It is 64 km away. from Huancavelica (about 3 hours).When visiting the place you will visit the beautiful landscape of the mountain range and you will appreciate it throughout the trip. It is located 5085 meters above sea level and three kilometers away is the Pultocc lagoon (Santa Ana district) that has a unique species in its cold waters and you can take advantage of fishing for rainbow trout. You can trek through incomparable landscapes, a variety of flora and fauna and a spectacular view. Do not forget to bring a good camera and be equipped to make this trip through the Peruvian highlands.
La Puya de Raimondiabarca a large part of the Peruvian highlands, partly from Moquegua, Junín, Huancavelica, Ayacucho, Ancash, Apurímac, Cusco, Arequipa, Puno, and La Libertad. Flowering takes place only once and exceeds 10 meters high. La Puya is located in the community of Callqui (Ccallanapucro) 14 kilometers from the city of Huancavelica.