Acobamba or Aqupampa is the capital of the province of the same name, located east of Huancavelica. It was created as a province the 15th of January of 1943, during the government of Manuel Prado Ugarteche.
Its name derives from Quechua, which means “plain of sandy land”, possible in reference to the importance of farming in the region.
Travel tips for Acobamba
Due to its altitude, it is common to suffer from Sorojchi upon arriving in Acobamba. We recommend that you rest and avoid physical exercise upon arriving to the city.
As with any other city, it is best to keep your personal belongings close and avoid walking on your own at night.
Acobamba is a small town, so it should be possible to reach your desired destination on foot.
Best time to visit Acobamba
Acobamba is an attractive destination all year long.
Climate in Acobamba
The average annual temperature in Acobamba is 54.86°F, and the annual average temperature is 531mm.
Things to do in Acobamba
The tourist places to see in Acobamba are:
Colonial Church of St. John Baptist
Location: Pueblo Viejo Barrio Church of colonial architecture, built out of Picota Stone during the XV Century. It has a baroque-churigueresque style, and impresses for its frontis and mural paintings.
Huillca Puqio Inca Baths
Location: Pueblo Viejo Barrio Bathing spots made out of stone canals. Used to serve as a spa for the Inca and its wife, and is decorated by several monoliths of humans and animals.
The things to do in Acobamba
Pre-Inca Tombs of Allpas
Complex of tombs from before the Inca era, which have the shape of eliptical windows. There are more than 700, and the complex is one of the largest in Peru.
Where to eat in Acobamba
Polleria Puka Uchu
Location: Calle San Martín
Restaurante El Emperador
Location: Cruce San Martín con Saenz Peña Restaurant which specializes in typical food of the Huancavelica Region. We recommend you try the cau-cau!
Typical dishes in Acobamba
It’s a traditional plate with the following main ingredients: white corn or husked wheat, cow meat, mutton, fat, dry meat or charqui, leg’s cartilage, head and mutton paunch. It’s prepared on festivals eve.
It’s a plate that has several types of meat: mutton, kid, pork, guinea pig and cow. It’s served with corn, potatoes, field beans, mashed cheese, cheese and ground corn, all of eat cooked on rocks hot, previously warmed covered with marmaquilla (a plant) leafs under the floor.
Chuño pasi con kuchi kanka
It’s made of dehydrated potato (chuño), scrambled with egg and cheese, and it’s served with roasted piglet.
How to reach Acobamba
Acobamba by train
Currently its not possible to reach Acobamba by train.
Acobamba by flight
Acobamba doesnt have an airport of its own. The closest one is located in Huaraz, 3 hours away from Acobamba.
Acobamba by bus
Acobamba is located 3 hours away from Huancavelica, capital of the Department. It is relatively far from the main roads, and to reach it you must travel through unpaved roads. The city of Ayacucho is at a similar distance, 3 hours away. From either of those you will be able to find connections to the rest of destinations in central or northern Peru.
Important dates in Acobamba
Feast of Christmas
22nd to 29th of December
The celebration covers a week of activities, between the 22nd and the 29th of December. During the week, several cultural and religious events are hosted, and parades with bands tour the city. The feast of Christmas in Acobamba has been recognized as a Cultural Heritage by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture. The celebration has been transformed by the own locals, becoming a simbolic space for ritual exchange and expressions of faith, as well as theater acts for the resolution of conflicts in recent history. During the celebration, the different barrios compete amongst them to show who celebrastes the best.