Quillabamba is the capital city of the Province of La Convencion, one of the thirteen provinces that make up the department of Cuzco. Known as “The City of Eternal Summer”, due to the pleasant presence of a warm climate throughout the year, the town of Quillabamba is located north of the city of Cusco, at an altitude of 1047 meters above sea level, in the District of Santa Ana, one of the nine municipalities that make up the Province of the Convention. It is 236 km. from Cusco (about 4 to 5 hours of travel by car), has a population of 35,000 inhabitants (INEI 2014) and occupies an area of 359.4 km2.
Founded on July 25, 1857, the Villa de Quillabamba – the original name of this thriving city – stands out for its predominant importance in trade between the Lares and La Convencion valleys, and its notable agricultural production. Its great variety of ecological floors makes it possible for the main agricultural crops to highlight the production of coffee, coca, cocoa and various fruit trees (orange, lemon, avocado, banana, among others).
The wonderful geography of Quillabamba and its enchanting warm climate make it a privileged destination for carrying out tourist activities throughout the year.
Located 20 km. from the city of Quillabamba, at an altitude of 900 meters above sea level, in the Echarate District (6.5 km from the capital of this district), Siete Tinajas is a magical place, where water and rock have formed unique lithic depressions in the world. The fall of water has carved the bedrock, creating irregular channels and concavities from which its name derives because they resemble seven natural ponds, pools or tubs. Its scenic beauty and the presence of some petroglyphs, of great anthropological and archaeological importance, can leave the visitor breathless, who can also enjoy a refreshing bath and a session of hydromassages provided by Mother Nature.
Adventurers can rock climb to the top of the natural gorge and hike for 1 km. to visit the petroglyphs of seven jars. These enigmatic lithic remains show carvings with anthropomorphic shapes, spirals and rhomboidal figures. Due to its characteristics, it is presumed that it was possibly a ceremonial center for worshiping the water of the first settlers in this area.
The Sambaray Spa is located on the left bank of the Urubamba River and is located about 6 minutes from the center of Quillabamba. It is one of the most frequented places, by locals and foreigners, especially during the weekends. It has all the facilities for picnics or sports activities. The cool pools of Sambaray are the obligatory remedy for the hottest days in the warm city of Quillabamba.
In addition to the Sambaray Spa pools, Quillabamba has several municipal pools that stand out for their modern facilities and the use of specially treated water. The Torrechayoc pool is one of them, and is located on the Torrechayoc esplanade. It is open every day from 10:00 am. at 10:00 pm.
Echarate (or Echarati) is the capital of the district that bears the same name and is also part of the Convention Province. It is located 27 km. from the city of Quillabamba, about 20 minutes by car on a fully paved road. In all its territorial extension it presents valleys, ravines and mountains of great ecological wealth, which invite to develop eco-tourist activities.
The population center of Echarati has undergone significant development in recent years and has been mainly due to the gas canon produced by the exploitation of the Camisea deposit. The visitor will be able to enjoy a warm city with all the facilities while preparing to visit the wonderful attractions of the area: the Condor Sencca viewpoint, the Illapani waterfalls, the Pongo de Maenique or the Torontoy Petroglyphs, among others.
Also called the Megantoni Reserve, the Sanctuary is located in the Echarate District and has an area of 215,868.96 hectares. Megantoni stands out for its impressive beauty and natural wealth, which includes the Pongo de Mainique, one of nature’s greatest wonders. This geographical feature (Pongo), formed by the Urubamba river that divides the mountain chain by breaking the buttresses of the Eastern Cordillera of the Peruvian Andes, is 3 km long and 45m wide.
The Megantoni National Sanctuary has 378 identified bird species, among which the meganto macaw (ara militaris) – to which the sanctuary’s name is due – and 32 species of mammals stand out. It is estimated that there are some 4,000 plant species, of which only 1,400 have been cataloged. This place is a true paradise for lovers of orchids and ferns.
Kashiriari native community located 350 km. approximately Quillabamba, here is the most important natural resource in Peru. Tropical area of great natural and ecological beauty.