Welcome to Huancavelica
It’s a mystery why more travelers don’t visit this pretty colonial city, bursting with beautiful churches, charming plazas and mineral springs, all nestling picturesquely within craggy peaks. A good road and a downright fantastic rail journey connect it to Huancayo, 147km north. Still, few people make it here and therein lies another attraction: Huancavelica is a serene spot to take a break from the Gringo Trail and soak up life as locals live it. This might entail partying at one of the frequent fiestas, browsing the markets or just watching the colorful cross-section of society pass by.
Bear in mind the city suffers from frequent bone-chilling winds and icy temperatures at night.