Lunahuaná is a small village in the Cañete Province in Peru. The town lies about 187 km south of Lima in Lunahuaná Valley on the raging Cañete River. Lunahuaná is located 476 meters above sea level . Due to the unique landscape Lunahuaná is a very popular destination for both Peruvians and tourists. According to the 2007 census, 4.567 inhabitants were counted.
In Lunahuaná, we can taste its delicious dishes, prepared in clay pots and wooden stoves, such as: Shrimp (various styles), chola soup, duck with rice, tamales, chicharrones, adobo pork, carapulcra, pachamanca, guinea pigs, rabbits, etc.
The name Lunahuaná comes from Quechua . It consists of the words runa (people) and huanac (the one punished) together. The literal meaning is therefore the one that punishes the people . The Lunahuana Valley was the target of Inca conquests. First, the Guarco settled in the valley. Due to the natural obstacles to the wild river Rio Cañete took the campaigns of the Inca three to four years. Still today the ruins of the fortress Incawasi eight kilometers from the successful conquest. Tupac Yupanqui was part of these campaigns. Lunahuaná was officially founded in 1821 as a market town of Don José de San Martín.
In the center of the village is located a Catholic church built in 1690 by the Order of the Franciscans. The church is for the Latin American typical main square ( Plaza de Armas ). In 1972 the church was declared a historical monument. The main attraction of Lunahuaná is the Cañete river, with rapids up to Class 4 is a popular destination for whitewater boat tours (rafting). Other popular activities include hiking, mountain biking, paragliding and fishing. Eight kilometers from the Inca fortress located Lunahuaná Incawasi. The complex is divided into three sections. Since the first quarter of the Inca (El Barrio incaico). The following is a religious center and called Colcas (El Barrio de las Colcas Religioso). Colcas called the Incas at the time their goods and warehouses. Finally, there is the palace of the Incas (El Palacio del Inca).
- (Spanish) Census 2007