Tantamayo District

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Tanta Mayu
Tantamayo as seen from the archaeological sites of Phiruru
Tantamayo as seen from the archaeological sites of Phiruru
Country  Peru
Region Huánuco
Province Huamalíes
Founded October 29, 1923
Capital Tantamayo
 • Mayor Sofonias Heriberto Gutierrez Antonio
 • Total 249.95 km2 (96.51 sq mi)
Elevation 3,495 m (11,467 ft)
Population (2005 census)
 • Total 2,780
 • Density 11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zone PET (UTC-5)
UBIGEO 100511

Tantamayo (from Quechua Tanta Mayu) is one of eleven districts of the Huamalíes Province in Peru.[1]


One of the highest peaks of the district is Hatun Kancha at approximately 4,400 m (14,400 ft). Other mountains are listed below:[2]

  • Chawpi Hirka
  • Kiswar
  • Maman Punta
  • Pinqullu
  • Susupillu
  • Wak'a Rumi Punta
  • Wiñaq

Ethnic groups[edit]

The people in the district are mainly indigenous citizens of Quechua descent. Quechua is the language which the majority of the population (72.93%) learnt to speak in childhood, 26.47% of the residents started speaking using the Spanish language (2007 Peru Census).[3]


Some of the most important archaeological sites of the district are Anku, Isuq, Phiruru, Susupillu and Wanqaran.


  1. ^ (in Spanish) Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática. Banco de Información Distrital. Retrieved April 11, 2008.
  2. ^ escale.minedu.gob.pe/ UGEL map Huamalíes Province (Huánuco Region)
  3. ^ inei.gob.pe INEI, Peru, Censos Nacionales 2007, Frequencias: Preguntas de Población: Idioma o lengua con el que aprendió hablar (in Spanish)

Coordinates: 9°23′34″S 76°43′10″W / 9.3927°S 76.7195°W / -9.3927; -76.7195