The name of this town has aimara origin and means “journey at one day of road.” It is the touristic pole of this zone, a place chosen by many entrepreneurs to install the best hotels of Cusco, spas, restaurants, astronomic observatories and healing centers located throughout the length of the highway that goes until Ollantaytambo. However, its growth has been quick and chaotic and changed the physiognomy of the place. There are constructions that have nothing to do with the landscape.
Urubamba is at 68 Km to the northwest of the city of Cusco and at 4 km of Yucay (if you go by car from Cusco, it will take you no more than 1 1/2 hours.) The traditional touristic tours recommend visiting the old Huayna Capac Palace, summer resort of the Inca. You can see ¡t yourself in what follows the Ramón Castilla Street: it is invaded by the local graveyard and by a series of modern constructions without any respect for the patrimony. In its land of 10 hectares include the residential and ceremonial sectors and the one for agricultural works.
It is from the colonial time and you must see the Saint Peter Apostle church, which is in the main square. It was built by commission from the parish priest of Urubamba, Diego Arias de la Cerda from 1649 until 1686. The two towers of lime and stone stand out and also the samples of art that decorate the walls inside. The House Martín Pío Concha already restored is an important example of the colonial civil architecture.
Luckily, further than the archaeological and colonial attractions, Urubamba has sheltered a few entrepreneurships leaded by people with the true will to offer culture and very genuine experiences. Such is the case of Yuyarisun Cultural Center, located 3 km from the town, where the channel of the Q’erocancha River goes down. Installed in a beautiful farm property of Edmundo Supa and his German wife Waltraud Stólben, this project has as objective to rescue local culture, art, handicrafts and textiles. In the confections workshop that they have installed, they work with natural dyes and produce dresses, shirts and jackets following local traditions. If you visit with children, they will be delighted with the workshop of wooden toys and instruments, in which the children of the community also participate. Further, here you can stay in the lodge or camp, and try the organic crops, in exchange of payment or of your collaboration in the workshops.
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