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Abancay

Country
Peru
State
Apurimac
City
Abancay
Type of Location
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About Location

Abancay is a city in southern-central Peru. It is the most important city in the Apurímac Region, and is the capital of the Abancay Province.Abancay is located at an elevation of 2,378 m above sea level in the southern Peruvian Andes, above the Pachachaca River. Because of its famous year-round warm weather, it is known as "The Eternal Spring Valley". The nearest cities are Cusco and Andahuaylas. Abancay is located at the junction of two important Peruvian roads: the Caminos del Inca Road, an old road dating since Incan times, between the cities of Nazca and Cusco, and the Via de los Libertadores, between Ayacucho and Cusco.
 



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How to Reach

All buses on the Lima-Nazca-Cuzco line pass through Abancay. The road is well paved.

There are daily buses from and to Andahuaylas, one of the closest airports . This journey takes 5 to 6 h hours on an unpaved road. The closest airport is in Cusco, a 4 and a half to 5 hour drive on a bus or a 3 and a half to 4 hour drive in a "colectivo" (taxi car)
 

Key places to visit
Ampay National Sanctuary, Sayhuite, Canyoning, Choquequirao, The Mysterious Monolith of Sayhuite


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Places to Visit

Ampay National Sanctuary

Ampay National Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary located at the base of Mount Ampay, north of the city of Abancay, Peru. Created in 1987, it is located in the department of Apurimac. It is 36.35 square kilometres in size and is intended to protect several endangered plant species, such as Intimpa or Romerillo (Podocarpus glometatus), as well as the protection of the basin of the Pachachaca River.The Ampay National Sanctuary was established on the 23rd of July in 1987, by means of Supreme Decree 042-87-AG. It owes its name to the snow covered Ampay that guards the city of Abancay and is also the name of the forests that cover the neighboring hills.

Sayhuite

Sayhuite (Saywite) is an archaeological site 47km east of the city Abancay in the province Abancay in the region Apurímac in Peru. The site is regarded as a center of religious worship focusing on water.[1] An important feature on the site is the Sayhuite monolith, a rock with more than 200 geometric and zoomorphic figures.

Canyoning

Canyoning (known as canyoneering in the U.S.) is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include other outdoor activities such as walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling, and/or swimming.


Choquequirao

Only part of of the ruins were uncovered from the earth and dense vegetation.The views around are beautiful and the location as well was well-chosen by the Incas.Though, Choquequirao is not even close to Machu Picchu from the aesthetical point-of-view.
Due to the similarities between the location and architecture, the two sites were considered "sisters". But, Machu Picchu is the bigger and more beautiful sister.
About 1.800 ha is approximated to be the city's size and 30-40 % has been so far uncovered from the wild vegetation.The typical Inca dwellings are found here too. The architecture techniques are almost identical to those used in Machu Picchu.At Choquequirao there are temples, agricultural cultivation terraces, irrigation channels, there is a typical Inca "pata" open space, just like in Ollantaytambo and in Machu Picchu.

The Mysterious Monolith of Sayhuite


Sayhuite or otherwise written, Saywite is an archaeological site in the Abancay Province, in the Apurímac Region of Peru. The archaeological site of Sayhuite is 47 km (29.20 mi) east of Abancay.In fact, the only noticeable thing to anyone visiting Sayhuite is the monolith. A large potato-shaped carved rock.This rock has more than 200 geometric and zoomorphic figures on it. Looking closely at the rock one will notice shapes that look like stairs in Inca cities, tracks, roads even.One might believe it is a three-dimensional map.Specialists tell us that the area was a religious center of the Incas. Most probably they held rituals for the worship of wate

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