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Santiago of Chuco is a county of archaeological and natural many tourist resources, it was created November of 1900 thank you 3 parliamentary Tomás' management Ganosa Cavero who recaptured the initiate creation project for the deputy for Huamachuco Manuel Nativity Clubs. Their capital is the district of the same name. It is located 3120 m.s.n.m. and at 8 hours in car from Trujillo's city.

As the great majority of counties of Peru it is of uneven relief with punas and pastizales and with some temperate parts turning out to be favorable for the agriculture for the possibility of sowing diverse plantations like potato, corn yam, wheat, etc. Most of people are devoted to the agriculture and the livestock upbringing. This makes that the gastronomy of this county is also varied, but it stands out the shambar and the cooked guinea pig mainly. Here archaeological important remains are located, those which partly has been studied by Dr R. Topic and their wife being able to clarify some questions on the first cultures of this area.

The main party of this county is that of the Apostle Santiago the Adult, pattern of the county, which is carried out at the end of July with traditional colorful dances.

Of from Santiago de Chile lands characters of fame arose as Cesar Vallejo, the highest representative in our national poetry and with works social literary contained deprofundo as Paco Anvil, the Tungsten etc. In this earth and but in fact in Angasmarca, he/she is also proud of contributing to the national art with don Eladio Ruiz Cerna who is one of the founders of the School of Fine arts of The you take care of Trujillo. Another character who studied in important universities of the country, graduate as professor in the literature specialty, returning to overturn their knowledge in imparting them in their Santiago of native Chuco is, don Carlos Barbaran Urquizo who was also the founder of the particular school Santiago the Adult that later on changed to National School Cesar Vallejo. Also, together with Eladio Cerna, is the authors of the culture annual Santiago of Chuco.

In this county it operates the Bread American Silver Corp, American company with exploitations in several parts of the world, extracting big quantities of copper, silver, coal and zinc in district of Quiruvilca.

Main Attractiveness:

Thermal Bathrooms of Cachicadán.

To 183 km to Trujillo's (6 hours in car) east. They are 3,178 m.s.n.m. in the district of Cachicadán. They are prcisamente in the skirts of the hill The Drugstore, to the east of the neighborhood San Miguel and they consist in you pose of thermal rich waters in iron and magnesium; of reddish color whose temperature is of 70 centigrade grades, probably medicinal for the rheumatism and some cases dermatológicos. That that if it can make sure with all security, it is that; a bathroom in this waters in very relaxing and soothing.

He/she Reserves and National Sanctuary of Calipuy.

It is a space biogeográfico located between the 840 and 3,600 m.s.n.m. (region suni and puna) and with an extension of 64,000 hectares that houses and it protects a forest of goads of Raimondi, where we can also appreciate great quantity of Gumps. He/she has a climate of abundant rains between the months of December and April.

Windows of Paccha

It consists on holes in the rockface of the mountain of the High hill The Cave to 3,370 m.s.n.m. it fences to the cemetery of Paccha and one and a half hour of Cachicadán. Little it is known about their manufacturers and the ends of their excavation in the rock. They are very similar to the windows of Otuzco in Cajamarca of which it is affirmed that they were funeral" "niches, however, they have not been human remains. It is very probable that have served of urns to place offerings up to now to the "old of the hill" very common habit in our serranía.

Sagarball or Hill Window

Next to Wallio they are the highest and enigmatic mountains in area. He/she understands a series of constructions; small agglutinated enclosures, square, semicurvos that are erected from the half until the summit of the hill prepared on terraces that are connected by means of passageways, which also have drainages for the evacuation of rains.


It is a hill located at the east and 3 hours from Cachicadán, to 3,855 m.s.n.m. It is a mystic place of legends of where it is said a flying snake associated with the cult it emerged to the water and the fertility.


It is a village located to one and a half hour to Santiago's Northeast from Chuco to 2,920 m.s.n.m. Inside their church it houses a volcanic rock of 2.26 m of long with the figures of two bicephalous opposed snakes carved on this, adorned by circles distributed throughout the body. The special posture of the heads with the fauces among open, they liken them a little to the iconography Moche and their ceramic, textile decoration and mural of Lambayeque, and with certain influence Wari that consolidated their presence in the north mountain for these times.

High the Herdsmen

It is a center town located 2,980 m.s.n.m, to kilometer and half to the Northeast of the village of Llaray. Composed by a group of architectural enclosures lifted based on stone canteada and prepared strategically in a hill, much of them has been disassembled to be part of the houses aledañas, the scarce ceramic in surface resembles each other to those of the hill Miraflores in San José of Porcón. They share the style Escapes them, Recuay, Cajamarca.

Hill Icchal

This in San José of Porcón, district of Cachicadan, to 4,150 m.s.n.m. and to 26 kms. to the south of Huamachuco. It consists approximately on constructions and walls of stone of 5 x 5 meters.

Lagoon the Bull

This in the route to Huamachuco to a side of the highway and very near Quruvilca. In the walls of the rock that he/she gets up in an end of this lagoon, a lot of people are able to see the natural figure of a bull in brave attitude willing to charge. Many legends are counted on the lagoon The Bull for the villagers.


Santiago of Chuco

This to a height of 3,099 m.s.n.m, is the capital district of the county and he/she has a population of 22060 inhabitants according to projections from INEI to the one 2002. It was created in the time of the independence if I levy like town dates from July 25 1616 when a group of Spanish immigrants in front of an altar levantadado in the called place "Picchi-Paccha" took place a mass of action of thank you and they were placed the first foundation stone. Then they distributed the lands for the construction of houses, the plan of the city was delineated and of the church. It is in this same year the town he/she receives the definitive name of Santiago of Chuco. Main festivities: Party of the Apostle Santiago, 25 of Julio. Typical plates: Cooked guinea pig, shambar.


Angasmarca this to a height of 2,900 m.s.n.m, it was created the 21 of September of 1985. Their main festivities: Sacred Rosa from Lima, August 30. Typical plates: Ham with yucca, cured meats with motto.


Cachicadán this to a height of 2,884 m.s.n.m, it was created by law of November 3 of 1900. Their main festivities: Anniversary of creation of the district, November 3. Festivity of San Martin of Clubs, November 9. Tourist week, May 1ro. Typical plates: Guinea pig, shambar.


Mollebamba this to a height of 3,054 m.s.n.m, it was created by Regional Law Nº 209 of August 3 of 1920. Their main festivities are: Virgin of the Mount Carmelo, 16 of Julio. Mr. of the Mercy, 14 of September. Typical plates: Guinea pig Ajiaco, kid.


Mollepata this to a height of 2,680 m.s.n.m, it was created in the time of the independence. Their festivities but important they are: San Jerónimo of Mollepata, of the 26 at the 30 of September. Sacred Rosa of the Pampas, of the 2 at October 4. San Martin of the High one, of the 5 at October 8. San Pedro of Huarana, of the 26 at July 28. Virgin of the Door of Pochamarca, of the 2 at December 4. Their typical plates: Fried guinea pig, shambar.


Quiruvilca this to a height of 4,008 m.s.n.m, it was created by Law November 2338 13 of 1916. Among their festivities they highlight: Employer party, July 29. Anniversary of the district, November 13. Typical plates: Cooked lamb, fried guinea pig.

Sacred Cruz of Chuca

Sacred Cruz of Chuca is to a height of 2,924 m.s.n.m, it was created by law 13181 February 20 of 1959. Their festivities son:Virgen of Rosario, October 25. Virgin of the Door, December 15. Typical plates: I cook of doddering, cooked guinea pig.

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