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Lachaqui: rural and nature tourism

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Lachaqui: rural and nature tourism

Lachaqui as the capital of the district was founded in 1735 with the group of small Ayllus de Cullpe, Aymara, Huaychacoya, as a result of the reductions made by Viceroy Francisco Toledo, calling it La Villa de San Francisco; this name is given to it because most of the inhabitants walked resting in the community.


Later the name would be changed to LACHAQUI which derives from two Quechua words "Kala" or "Jala" whose meaning in Spanish is "Naked or discovered" and "Chaqui" which refers to the human foot. Legally it was founded on January 16, 1952 by law 11726. It forms one of the 6 districts of the province of Canta. Its annexes are San Lorenzo de Cochabamba and San Judas de Viscas. It is located at 3668 m.s.n.m. It has a dry and cold climate, however during the day the heat is strong, especially between the months of April to November, while between December and March It is the rainy season, its annual temperature is 12°C. This typical and traditional town known as "Lachaqui my heart" of adobe houses and gabled calamine roofs whose inhabitants are dedicated to agriculture, the cultivation of potatoes, oca, mashua, broad beans, etc.) in livestock they are dedicated to raising cattle and sheep; They produce chuño and fresh cheese.


Among its typical dishes, the chuño with milk and the pachamanca of ram, alpaca stand out. Lachaqui is well known for its patron saint festivities, the main one being in homage to the Virgen del Carmen, which takes place every year from July 16 to 20, and its traditional festivities such as La Herranza, a traditional festivity in homage to the sheep that is held on June 24 in the place called Laguna Grande. Its main tourist resources are: The Archaeological Remains of "Cullpe" among others.


Another weekend you don't know where to travel? Lima, Canta, Lachaqui offers you a wide variety of options that will take away the stress of work and routine.



The district of Lachaqui is located in the south of the province of Canta, 122 km from Lima. To get to this beautiful district from the city of Lima, you pass through the following places: Districts of San Martín de Porres, Los Olivos, Comas and Carabayllo (Lima), then you arrive at Trapiche (Km 40), Huaraví (Km 45) , Yangas (Km 55), Santa Rosa de Quives (Km 63), Yaso (Km 75), Canta (Km 100), Pariamarca (Km 105), Carhua (Km 112 and finally Lachaqui is reached.


What does Lachaqui mean?

Lachaqui, which means "barefoot" Cala= barefoot, Chaqui = foot.


How to get to Lachaqui?

Currently, the Arahuay-Lachaqui highway has been operational since December 2003.


Alternatively, you can travel along the route of the Quisquichaca river or "valle de Arahuay", the detour is in Santa Rosa de Quives, and you go along the right bank, passing through the towns of San Felipe de Licahuasi, Collo and Arahuay, the distance Approximately from Lima to Lachaqui on this road is 104 km, the stretch from Santa Rosa de Quives to Lachaqui is unpaved.


Lachaqui Tourist Attractions

Among the tourist attractions of Lachaqui we have the ruins "Chacas" and "Cullpe", they are ancient Inca buildings or stone chullpas, the first is located 8 km from Lachaqui and is located exactly in front of the ruins of Tunshuhillca (Arahuay). , while the second is located at the top of the Santa Elena hill, about 400 meters from the town.


Lachaqui is well known for its patron saint festivities, the main one being the SANTISIMA VIRGEN DEL CARMEN, which takes place every year from July 14 to 21, there are festivals with the burning of castles, enlivened by bands and orchestras, also On July 16, 18 and 20, bullfights take place, where devotees, the general public and diversified Lachaquinos from all over the world visit Lachaqui and especially its Virgencita del Carmen.


You can not miss the communal herranza, a very traditional festival in homage to the sheep that takes place on June 24 in the place of "Laguna Grande", in which the sheep and alpacas are dressed in beautiful colored ribbon earrings and Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the "Cullpahuinco" valley, as well as enjoy the tasty menestrón and pachamanca prepared for the occasion by the community members.


Lachaqui is generally known as "LACHAQUI MY HEART", because the illustrious son of Lachaqui, Don Juan Flores Fuertes, interpreted and composed the Lachaquino hymn named as such.


Currently there is another phrase derived from it "LACHAQUI, MY HEART BEATS FOR YOU", which is promoted by Héctor Fuertes Baldeón through some promotional stickers.


When visiting Lachaqui, the visitor can stock up on fresh cheeses, meats, potatoes and other items of bread to take away. The climate is dry and cold, however during the day the heat is strong, especially between the months of April to November, while between December and March it is the rainy season.



The current status is: Regular, the municipality is carrying out maintenance work. It is located 21km. de la Canta at 3668 m.s.n.m.


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