Just 3 hours and 45 minutes from the capital is the Colca River valley and canyon, one of the most extraordinary destinations in the country. Throughout the region, you can see colorful pre-Incan agricultural terraces still used today for growing quinoa, corn, barley, and wheat. During the pre-Hispanic era, the department was inhabited by the Collaguas and the Cabanas; today, the inhabitants have learned to conserve their Colonial churches in Yanque, Lari, and Madrigal, and they continue to wear their traditional clothing. You can also do many types of adventure sports in the valley such as mountain biking, trekking, and white water rafting. And, at the Cross of the Condor, you can view the majestic flight of the condors. Other places of interest in the department are the Toro Muerto petroglyphs, the Andagua Valley of the Volcanoes, and the Cotahuasi Canyon.
The main attractions of the city are the ancient monasteries and elegant churches: the Convent of Santa Catalina (16th century), the Cathedral, the Jesuit Church of La Compañía, the churches of San Francisco and Santo Domingo.
Among the secular buildings, the former Mint House (Casa de la Moneda) and the mansion of Casa Moral are of interest, as well as the cozy central square, Plaza de Armas, rebuilt in a distinctive colonial style.
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