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Top Choice Parrilla in Huancavelica

Pollos y Parrilladas El Centro

There are two large parts to this plaza-facing restaurant – separated by the kitchen – and at lunchtime they need every inch of space, as seemingly each of Huancavelica’s residents descends to eat. A good grilled st…
Museum in Huancavelica

Instituto Nacional de Cultura

The INC, in a colonial building on Plaza San Juan de Dios, has information and displays about the area: plus a bundle of interesting information if you ask. There is a great bookshop here, whilst a small museum (und…
in Huancavelica

Chinita Huanca

This very spacious restaurant is more ambient than most, decorated with everything from local butterflies to artistic impressions of Huancavelica. The menu is less surprising, but does ample breakfasts, tasty chicha…
Religious in Huancavelica

Fiesta de las Cruces

The festival of the crosses is held for six days in May. Revelers bear crosses, local bands play music in the plazas and proceedings culminate in bull fights.
Peruvian in Huancavelica

Restaurant Joy

Been around ages, this place: they must be doing something right, and it’s unlikely to be the Beetles paraphernalia alone. Good grilled trout.
Pizza in Huancavelica

Oregano Pastas y Pizzas

Cozy, sophisticated venue which offers Huancavelica's best Italian food.
Mine in Huancavelica

Minas de Santa Barbara

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 – and a warning to the mining companies now flocking to…
Lake in Huancavelica

Laguna de Choclococha

One of many lakes adorning the Rumichaca road, this body of water, 70km south of Huancavelica, can be visited by taking the Rumichaca-bound bus at 4:30am. It’s about two hours to Choclococha ‘town’ (then a 10-minute…
Cathedral in Huancavelica


Built in 1673, Huancavelica’s most spectacular religious building has been restored and contains what some say is the best colonial altar in Peru, with ornate cedar woodwork, as well as escuela cuzqueña (Cuzco schoo…
Church in Huancavelica

Iglesia de San Sebastián

Well-restored 17th-century church.