Quillabamba is the political capital of the Province The Convention, is located at 1050 meters above sea level, whose rural area distinguishes some 16 ecological floors, which allows a diverse agriculture in its three regions, so it is in its territory due to its geographical location, regions such as sierra, jungle eyebrow and Amazon area are distinguished, becoming the largest province of the department of Cuzco, as well as an important trading center of the valleys of Lares and La Convention.
Among the main activities in the area, the production of coca, coffee, cocoa and fruit trees stands out. The city of Quillabamba was founded on July 25, 1857 and its geographical location has a special and characteristic valley climate, where you can also develop different activities such as adventure sports, which is complemented by experiential tourism, due to that the city is the main access to the Megantoni reserve.
Things to do in Quillabamba:
Siete Tinajas, which constitutes the landscape resource of the area, formed by a fall of natural water that due to the force of said fall and in complicity of time came to work the rock, forming a kind of natural pools, very similar to jars .
The Megantoni Reserve, also known as the Sanctuary of the Megantoni, is considered one of the greatest wonders of nature, formed when the Urubamba River makes its way, breaking the buttresses of the Eastern Cordillera de los Andes. This area has a great tourist attraction, ideal for adventure tourism. It has walls of stone and granite where water eyes or springs are born, thus forming impressive landscapes.
The Urusaywa Hill, also known as Apu Urusaywa which in Quechua means Celoso Guardian, and which, due to its imposing presence, represents the strength, mysticism and enigmas of the Echaratino people, whose main population rises to the slopes of the mountain. This hill is one of the highest mountains in this district, becoming an area that presents the perfect conditions to develop adventure sports such as climbing, hang gliding, paragliding, etc.
The Native Communities, the best known being the Ashaninkas, Machiguengas, and Piros communities; also the nomadic communities Nahuas and KugaPakory. Even here the only community of cannibals known as the Mascos is registered. These places are visited sporadically by domestic and foreign tourists.
How to get to Quillabamba
First you must arrive to the city of Cuzco for which you can take a direct flight from Lima, with an hour duration. On the other hand you can also access Cuzco by interprovincial bus or private car, the trip takes about 20 hours following the paved route Lima – Nasca – Puquio – Abancay – Cuzco. It also has the route Lima – Arequipa – Cuzco with a duration of 26 hours of travel.
Finally, to access Quillabamba, you take a bus that departs from Cuzco daily at 8:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., with Ollantaytambo as the first destination, then continue to the Sambaray spa, which It is located just two minutes from the center of Quillabamba. The whole trip takes between 6 to 8 hours.
Ideal time to visit
Quillabamba has a very special climate, with characteristics of warm and humid and being located at a height of 1050 m.a.s.l., you can visit the place at any time of the year.