Abancay is a city that is located high up in the Andes. Not many people have heard of this city but it is one of the most interesting cities that I have read about. Located in the Apurimac Region, Abancay is situated at an elevation of more than 2,370 meters above sea level. Chill and cold, Abancay is the perfect place to discover spicy Peruvian delicacies that you otherwise would not have enjoyed in a more humid and hot climate.
It is not too far from Cusco and can be part of the sojourn along the Machu Picchu and Cusco route. Even before the Incas arrived, Abancay was populated. It is one of the great centers of Catholic culture and the statue of Our Lady of the Rosary looms across the city. The statue sits on top of a boulder and cannot be missed. The city is also known for the carnival, which is an important Catholic festival.
The Uspaccocha Lagoon, at the National Wildlife Sanctuary of Ampay, is a great place to enjoy the beauty of nature. Its azure waters can heal your strained eyes and rejuvenate your mind and soul. Abancay is also considered the gateway to Choquequirao, a famous Inca city as important as Machu Picchu.
When you are in Abancay, do make sure that you take a walk along the colonial bridge over the Pachachaca River, which is sure to bring back the memories of a colonial history. Jose Maria Arguedas’ novel, ‘Deep Rivers’, is also set in the city. Certainly, this is an interesting place that you should not miss visiting.