APURIMAC – APURIMAC RIVER
Peru Tour Information. The terrain in Apurimac is steep, formed by narrow, deep valleys with impressive abysses, cold plateaus, and high-mountain peaks. The Apurimac River Canyon that separates the Department of Cusco from the Department of Apurimac is the most extraordinary sight.
Abancay, capital of Apurimac, is a beautiful Colonial city protected by the mighty snow covered Mount Ampay (5,235 masl), located in the sanctuary of the same name. The sanctuary contains, besides other snow capped mountains, mountain forests, beautiful lakes, and species of flora and fauna like the intimpa pine tree, the Andean fox, and the Andean deer.
The inhabitants of this department make a living primarily through agriculture, and they are descendents of diverse ethnic groups who were known for their warrior spirit. The area was also the scene of bloody confrontations between the rival neighboring tribes of the Chancas and the Incas.
From Abancay, there are numerous excursions available to the tourist: for example, the Saywite archeological site and the impressive Apurimac River valley and canyon, a paradise for those who love to white water raft or hike.
Another important city in Apurimac is the typical Andean city of Andahuaylas with its Main Square and narrow streets.