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Apurimac is located in the southern Andes of Peru and his home to many villages and towns characterized by uncommercialized natural beauty. In addition to natural beauty, the cities of Abancay and Andahuaylas, are home to Spanish colonial architecture each with a main square and narrow cobblestone streets. The main tourist activities in this area are hiking and white water rafting. Agencies are available to organize such activities. Since the regions proximity to the city of Cusco, many tourists make offshoot trips from Cusco to Apurimac.
Apurimac Tourist Information
The terrain in Apurimac is steep, formed by narrow, deep valleys with impressive abysses, cold plateaus, and high-mountain peaks. The Apurimac River Canyon that separates the Department of Cusco from the Department of Apurimac is the most extraordinary sight.
Abancay, capital of Apurimac, is a beautiful Colonial city protected by the mighty snow covered Mount Ampay (5,235 masl), located in the sanctuary of the same name. The sanctuary contains, besides other snow capped mountains, mountain forests, beautiful lakes, and species of flora and fauna like the intimpa pine tree, the Andean fox, and the Andean deer.
The inhabitants of this department make a living primarily through agriculture, and they are descendents of diverse ethnic groups who were known for their warrior spirit. The area was also the scene of bloody confrontations between the rival neighboring tribes of the Chancas and the Incas.
From Abancay, there are numerous excursions available to the tourist: for example, the Saywite archeological site and the impressive Apurimac River valley and canyon, a paradise for those who love to white water raft or hike.
Another important city in Apurimac is the typical Andean city of Andahuaylas with its Main Square and narrow streets.
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Apurimac Useful information
altitude Capital: Abancay (2378 masl / 7800 fasl)
Lowest point: 2378 masl / 7800 fasl (Abancay)
Highest point: 3952 masl / 12.963 fasl (Pataypampa)
By land: Lima – Nasca – Puquio – Abancay: 912 km (566 miles) / 14 hours by bus
Lima – Ayacucho – Andahuaylas – Abancay: 956 km (594 miles) / 22 hours by bus
By air: There are no direct regular flights but you can get there taking the Lima – Cusco flight (1 hour) and then traveling 198 km (123 miles) on the Cusco – Abancay highway (4 hours and 30 minutes by car)
Distances from the city of Arequipa : From the city of Abancay to the following cities:
Andahuaylas (Province of Andahuaylas) 138 km (86 miles) / 6 hours
Antabamba (Province of Antabamba) 234 km (145 miles) / 6 hours
Chalhuanca (Province of Aymaraes) 121 km (75 miles) / 2 hours and 30 minutes
Tambobamba (Province of Cotabambas) 248 km (154 miles) / 11 hours
Chincheros (Province of Chincheros) 226 km (140 miles) / 9 hours
Chuquibambilla (Province of Grau) 105 km (65 miles) / 5 hours
Kilometer marker 15 of the Andahuaylas – Huancabamba Highway. Telephone: (083) 57-1533
Bus station: Avenida Juan Pablo Castro with Avenida PachacutecAndahuaylas: There is no bus station; however, most bus companies are found in:
- First block of Avenida Lazaro Carrillo
- Second block of Avenida Jose Maria Argueda
- First block of Avenida Martinelli
- First block of Avenida Andahuaylas.
Guillermo Diaz de la Vega Regional Hospital
Avenida Daniel A. Carrion. Telephone: (083) 32-2247. Attention: 24 hours.
Andahuaylas:Chanka Sub-regional Hospital
Avenida Hugo Pesce 180. Telephone: (083) 72-1020 / 72-2545. Attention: 24 hourss
Local Police Station
General Headquarters of the National Police of Peru Jiron Lima 1000. Telephone: (083) 32-1094. Attention: 24 hours
Abancay Police Station:
Jiron Puno. Telephone: (083) 32/1222. Attention: 24 hours
Andahuaylas:Andahuaylas Police Station
Avenida Peru 198. Telephone: (083) 72-1671 / 72-1054. Attention: 24 hours
Craft market Abancay: Jiron Arequipa Mercado Central de Abastos Postal Service
Abancay: Jiron Arequipa 213. Telephone: (083) 32-1088. Attention: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. and Sun. 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.Andahuaylas: Avenida Peru 243. Telephone: (083) 72-1062 / 72-1120. Attention: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. and Sun. 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M
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Company name Contact Web site / Email Expreso Wari S.A.C (01) 330-3543 / 332-0963 Civa (041) 47-8048 Arequipa Cuisine
Typical dishes :
The cuisine of Arequipa is one of the most varied in Peru. The best example of this are the different soups for each day of the week and other dishes like::
- Tallarín hecho en casa: homemade noodles served with a stew (chicken, beef, or lamb) and kapchi of chuño (dehydrated potatoes).
- Kapchi: Lima bean or mushroom stew with potatoes, milk, eggs, and cheese.
- Papas con Uchullachua: boiled potatoes with aji (hot pepper) and huacatay (aromatic herb).
- Rocoto Relleno: rocoto (hot pepper) without veins stuffed with chopped beef, eggs, peas, carrots, cheese, milk, and potatoes.
- Huatia: beef and potatoes cooked on hot stones with huacatay (black mint).
- Cuy relleno: Guinea pig stuffed with parsley, black mint, mint, oregano, green onions, cleaned and boiled innards, and crushed toasted peanuts.
- Pepian de Cuy: stew made with Guinea pig meat, peanuts, and spices.
Traditional Drinks:Ponche: this punch is made with sesame seeds, chestnuts, almonds, peanuts, pecans, walnuts, grated coconut, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, clover, and sugar. It is served with grated coconut and a glass of pure distilled sugar cane juice.
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