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Huancayo Peru

Huancayo Peru
Plaza Constitucion, the main Huancayo Plaza, Jorge Gobbi - Flickr

Huancayo Peru is located in the central highlands, it is the capital of the Junin Region. While the big towns of Peru are exciting and appealing for a variety of reasons, smaller villages, such as Huancayo, provide visitors with a different aspect of Peruvian culture and life.

The main centre of the Peruvian Andes, Huancayo is hardly desolate and therefore combines the small town experience with all the amenities and resources of a larger city.

Although originally inhabited by the Wanka tribe, Huancayo was soon home to the Incas after they defeated in Wankas in arround 1460 CE. However it was not until ca. 1570 that Huancayo was officially established by the Spanish during the Spanish Conquest.


Today Huancayo Peru is the centre for much commercial activity, especially in relation to the arts. It has expanded dramatically and is becoming increasingly modernised in its buildings and infrastructure.

One of the main attractions in the area of Huancayo is the Mantaro Valley. The Valley plays host to festivals and Peruvian culture, with much artistic activity taking place around the area. Lying on the outskirts of Huancayo, a visit to this Valley should be top of your list. Not only is there artistic culture to take in but also archaeological treasures, such as the Torre-Torre Impressive, eroded sandstone towers, and the ruins of Warivilca, the pre-Inca temple of the Huanca culture.

Along with this, the Museum in the plaza offers a variety of exhibits including deformed skulls and ancient Inca pottery. For breathtaking scenery a visit to Izacuchaca is a must.

Huancayo, Peru
Paca Huancayo, Peru

Situated between Huancayo and Huancavelica lies the bridge known as Izacuchaca, which crosses over the Rio Mantaro. With fascinating pottery workshops and small shops there are plenty of things to visit along the outskirts of the site. However the scenery here is the main attraction. A one and a half hour hike up towards the local chapel will provide you with spectacular views of the Valley and surrounding bridges.

Huancayo Peru is a truly authentic city. It has not forgotten its rich ancient heritage and has continued to display and follow many of its customs for centuries. A trip to Huancayo will show you a true Peruvian place and provide you with a break from the hustle and bustle of many of the larger cities in Peru.

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