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Altitude: 3,417 m / 11,208 ft, Population: 2,325, Phone Code: 054

Just eight kilometers (5 mi) west of Chivay, Yanque is a small town characterized by dirt streets and a quiet, laidback atmosphere. The baroque-mestizo church, Inmaculada Concepción (1690) has an interesting carved façade, adorned with Santa Rosa de Lima and other saints. Also on the main plaza is Museo de Yanque. Two blocks away is Casa del Cacique Choquehuanca, home of an Inca administrator. Another museum is Museo Uyu Uyu, exhibiting artifacts from Uyu Uyu (Ca Lima 114. Cel: 995-078-159).

East of the Plaza de Armas, a path winds its way about 1 kilometer (0.6 mi) into the country side to Puente Sifón, an ancient stone bridge spanning the Río Colca. From the bridge, you can view ancient Inca hanging tombs in the cliff face. A two-hour hike you can take is across the Colca River, where you then climb up to the ruins at Uyu Uyu, which rise above Coporaque. Another day hike may be undertaken to Mirador de Ocolle.

After a day of hiking, soothe those sore muscles, at the public hot springs, Baños Termales de Chacapi, near the bridge (4 a.m.-7 p.m., $0.80), or head to Colca Lodge.

Collawua Cabana Adventure does walking and bicycling tours, and rents bikes, sleeping bags and tents (Av Collaguas s/n. Cel: 959-803-551 / 958-554-305, E-mail: Several outfits offer horseback riding: Cabalgatas Uyu Uyu (Cel: 959-482-508) and Colca Horse (Ca Pallaclli 608. Tel: 785-243, Cel: 958-026-086, E-mail:, URL:

Yanque has a dozen hotels and a half-dozen restaurants (most affiliated with lodging). If shopping is your game, several local artisans have locales: Galería Runaprints of woodcrafter Hector Inca (Plaza de Armas 210) and Handicrafts Market, a center for local craftspeople (Plaza de Armas). The village is easily reached by public transportation. For more information about Yanque, visit:
The village’s patron saint is San Juan Bautista, celebrated on June 24.

Other neighborhoods in Colca Canyon: Chivay, Coporaque, Cabanaconde, Huambo, Maca and Pinchollo.

20 Jun 2012

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