Huancavelica attractions

Mine in Huancavelica

Minas de Santa Bárbara

The ghostly mines of Santa Barbara, high in the hills above Huancavelica, and accessed by a tough but rewarding 1½ hour hike, are the city's most poignant site. Closed since a collapse ended two centuries of mineral…
Cathedral in Huancavelica


Huancavelica’s most spectacular religious building, built in 1673, has been restored in attractive maroon and white. It contains what some say is the best colonial altar in Peru, with ornate cedar woodwork, as well …
Church in Huancavelica

Iglesia de San Francisco

A church with intricate altars – 11 of them.
Lake in Huancavelica

Laguna de Choclococha

Dazzling on a sunny day when the surrounding mountains are mirrored in its waters, Laguna de Choclococha at 4700m is one of many lakes adorning the Rumichaca road. Birdlife at the lake includes condors. There is goo…
Museum in Huancavelica

Instituto Nacional de Cultura

This museum has displays about the area, plus a bundle of interesting information if you catch the right attendant on the right day and ask. There's a great little bookshop here (the volumes look untouched in decade…
Church in Huancavelica

Iglesia de San Cristóbal

Attention is due to the building work on this two-towered church, containing several escuela cuzqueña (Cuzco school) paintings, but its beauty still shines through.
Church in Huancavelica

Iglesia de La Ascensión

The red-and-cream facade of this 17th-century church is thought to show traces of Moorish influence.
Church in Huancavelica

Iglesia de Santa Ana

The city's first church, sporting a maroon-and-white color scheme and dating from 1576.
Church in Huancavelica

Iglesia de San Sebastián

Well-restored 17th-century church, with its ceiling partly finished in gold leaf.
Church in Huancavelica

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

Two-towered church dating from 1601 and therefore one of the city's oldest.