Plaza de Armas, Yanque

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Don't miss Plaza de Armas, a vibrant square and the epicenter of activity at the heart of this charming, quiet village. From the square, visit the small local community cathedral dating back to the late 18th century, a museum, and several alfresco cafes. Several handicraft vendors selling souvenirs and textiles populate the square every day, as well as local people walking llamas and alpacas around for photo opportunities. Take your camera along, as you'll have stunning views of the nearby mountain vista from the square. Put Plaza de Armas into our Yanque day trip planning app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Yanque.
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  • The place looks desolate when there are no people, but that also has its attractive if you are looking for peace and transquilidad. The temple is very old and is in repair after the last earthquake this year. Inside there is an organ that is a relic.
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  • Cute little place where all tourists out of the bus. Visit to the Church is fun be sure to take a look at the mirrors which decorate the altars. Leave at the exit for some small contribution. Tasty popcorn for only 1s. Among the women on the street or on the photo with a baby and an alpaca for 1 or 2 s. 4 separate images at the corners of the square ones portray local traditions.
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  • Near our Lodge, we stopped along the way to take us through the Colca Canyon: pretty little square but absolutely "similar" to those of all these villages: Church square, children's show "organized" vapposta for tourists passage. Nothing particularly authentic
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An established cultural tourism spot for groups and solo adventurers, the small town of Yanque offers comfortable accommodations for visitors, but in relatively small supply. Guesthouses providing bed and board represent the most common of style of accommodations in town; choose from newly built and old, characterful options. Cross Rio Colca, and you'll find a couple of eco-lodges around the hot springs, offering spa facilities, bars, and onsite restaurants. Head back to the main regional road for a selection of simple bed and breakfasts and small hotels.
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