Chincha Alta

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Chincha Alta
Plaza de Armas de Chincha.jpg
Boulevard en Chincha Alta.jpg
Església de Santo Domingo de Chincha durant el festichincha 2017.jpg
Coliseo Mauro Mina de Chincha de nit.jpg
Façana de l'Església de Cristo Rey de Pueblo Nuevo, Chincha des de la Plaza de Armas.jpg
Plaza de Armas de Pueblo Nuevo durant el passacarrers del Festichincha.jpg
Panorama of Plaza de Armas de Pueblo Nuevo (Chincha District Square)
Flag of Chincha Alta
Official seal of Chincha Alta
"Cuna de campeones" (Cradle of Champions)
Chincha Alta is located in Peru
Chincha Alta
Chincha Alta
Location of the city of Chinca Alta in Peru
Coordinates: 13°27′S 76°08′W / 13.450°S 76.133°W / -13.450; -76.133
Country Peru
 • MayorArmando Huamán Tasayco
 • Total2,988 km2 (1,154 sq mi)
97 m (318 ft)
 • Estimate 
Time zoneUTC-5 (PET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (PET)
main squaire of Chincha whit the Santo Domingo Church in down town Chincha, Summer 2014

Chincha Alta is a Peruvian city located in the Ica Region. A major port at the mouth of the Chincha River, it is the capital of Chincha Province.


The City of Chincha Alta is located 200 kilometers south of Lima, in the Chincha Province of the Ica Region of Peru. The city covers an area of 2988 km2 and has a population of 56,085.[2]


Pre-Chincha era[edit]

The first inhabitants of the area arrived at the beginning of the ninth century. These people are known as the "Pre-Chincha". The historian Luis Cánepa Pachas puts the date of the arrival of the Pre-Chincha at sometime in the tenth century. The rudimentary Pre-Chincha culture was centered on fishing and shell gathering. The origin of the Pre-Chincha people is still uncertain.

Chincha era[edit]

In the eleventh century, a more advanced and warlike people known as the Chincha arrived in the coastal area. The Chincha had developed systems of architecture, agriculture and irrigation. The Chincha came to dominate the original inhabitants of the area. Some aspects of the original Pre-Chincha culture were absorbed by the newcomers. The word Chincha is derived from "Chinchay" or "Chinchas" or "Cinca" which means "ocelot" in Chincha Quechua. The Chincha worshiped an ocelot god, and believed themselves to be descended from ocelots, who gave them their warlike and dominating tendencies. The Chincha fertilized their fields with dead birds and guano, and this knowledge was passed on to later peoples. The Chincha learned seafaring skills from the Pre-Chincha, and may have traveled as far as Central America by boat.

A bay in Chincha, 1863

Inca era[edit]

Between 1458 and 1460, the Chincha were conquered by the armies of the Inca Empire led by Tupac Inca Yupanqui during the reign of his father, Pachacuti. The Chincha area became an important part of the Inca Empire, and the Inca valued the Chincha for their agricultural knowledge, military skill and trade routes.

Colonial era[edit]

The Chincha region was then conquered by the Spanish, the area suffered a 99 percent decline in population in the first 85 years of Spanish rule and many places regressed into wilderness, Africans brought by the Spanish began to settle in the region en masse, some of the Chincha's surrounding areas became a haven for fugitive African slaves known by the Spanish as Cimarrones.

Modern era[edit]

In the early 19th Century, Chincha was known to British mariners as Chinca[3] or Chinka. In late 1806, the British privateers Port au Prince and Lucy collaborated in capturing some Spanish vessels off the coast there and engaged in some inconclusive battles with the Spanish frigate Astraea.

The Chincha Islands, which are off the coast of Peru near Chincha and Pisco, were the focal point of the Chincha Islands War between Peru and Spain between 1864 and 1866.

2007 earthquake[edit]

The city, along with others near the Pacific coast, was damaged during the 2007 Peru earthquake.


African art and music[edit]

Drummers playing the Cajón

Afro-Peruvian culture has thrived in Chincha Alta, and the Afro-Peruvian residents of El Carmen district practice many traditional dances. The use of the Cajón drum, maracas and other traditional instruments figure prominently in Afro-Peruvian music, which is popular throughout the region. Traditional dances are performed during the Christmas season.

Afro-Peruvian folk culture[edit]

During February the "Verano Negro" (literally "Black Summer") festival is held, celebrating Afro-Peruvian food, music, culture and dance. The cuisine of the Chincha Alta area is considered distinct from other parts of Peru, because of its African background.


It was composed in 1984 by Mrs. Ana Maria del Solar and Manolo Andrade Avalos, creators of the music and lyrics respectively, and approved by Municipal Resolution No. 1440 on 30 October of the same year. It has a chorus and three verses which commend and exalt the beauty of the Chincha region as well as the courage and heroism of its people.


  1. ^ Perú: Población estimada al 30 de junio y tasa de crecimiento de las ciudades capitales, por departamento, 2011 y 2015. Perú: Estimaciones y proyecciones de población total por sexo de las principales ciudades, 2012–2015 (Report). Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática. March 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Aspectos Metodológicos" (PDF). Migración Interna Reciente y el Sistema de Ciudades, 2002–2007 (in Spanish). cional de Estadística e Informática. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Chinca", Encyclopaedia Britannica, vol. II (1st ed.), Edinburgh: Colin Macfarquhar, 1771.

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Coordinates: 13°27′S 76°08′W / 13.450°S 76.133°W / -13.450; -76.133