Altitude: 3,575 m / 11,726 ft, Population: 1,271, Phone Code: 054
Coporaque is located across the river from Chivay, about 8 kilometers (6 mi) to the west. It is the most-visited village on the north side of the RĂo Colca. Its name in Quechua means â€śwhere lots of corn is distributedâ€ť (â€śqhoto,â€ť mound of corn + â€śrake,â€ť place where corn is distributed).
The town's claim to fame is Iglesia Santiago ApĂłstol. Built in 1569, it is the oldest church in the Colca Canyon. The churchâ€™s white exterior is typical of the region. Its square campaniles contain the bells that were purportedly forged from the melted copper of Mama Yacchiâ€™s house. Inside the church, 16th-century images adorn the altar. Around the corner is the Capilla de San SebastiĂˇn, which also has an interesting faĂ§ade.
A number of day hikes may be done from Coporaque. In the mountains behind the village is the archaeological site Uyo Uyo, which was a pre-Inca village (4 km / 2.5 mi, 45 min). This is where the Collagua lived before the Spanish forced them to relocate to present day Coporaque. Other short treks are to the Sitio ArqueolĂłgico de San Antonio pre-Columbian burial tombs (45 min) and natural hot spring pools at Sallihuay. To hike to Yunque (2-3 hr one way), cross over the Puente SifĂłn pedestrian bridge.
In Coporaque is the hotel, La Casa Mamayacchi (Ca Arequipa s/n. Tel: 531-004 / 241-206, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, URL: www.lacasademamayacchi.com. Double $70, triple $92; includes breakfast). Another option is homestay (turismo vivencial) at Flores de Coporaque, where the Chocolate RocĂo family provides full board and activities like hiking and horseback riding (Cel: 959-054-513 / 958-689-680, E-mail: email@example.com). Five kilometers (3 mi) west of the village is Colca Lodge, which has a hot springs spa. Coporaque has one restaurant. The only other service in town is a payphone in the plaza. The village is easily reached by public transport.
Coporaqueâ€™s patron saint is San Isidro, whose feast day is celebrated May 15. The village also fĂŞtes Santiago Matamoros on July 25.