The name of this department comes from Quechua for “who speaks like a lord". It was created in 1873. In ancient times it was home to the Muyu Moqu culture (1500-1800 bc) believed to be the oldest in knowing the gold. It was also the home of the Chancas, who opposed tough resistance to the Incan expansion of the 15 th century.
Places of Interest:
Rock of Saywite, carved in stone by the Incas – Cocharcas temple – Cathedral – Pacuicha lagoon.