The Central Highlands Sights


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Published 02/02/2016

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This small village was the birthplace of Micaela Villegas, a famous mestiza entertainer in the 18th century and the mistress of Viceroy Manuel de Amat y Juniet, a Spanish military hero and prominent colonial official. Also known as La Perricholi, her story was the basis of Prosper Mérimée's comic novella Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement and she was an important character along with the Viceroy in Thornton Wilder's The Bridge of San Luis Rey. A festival in July with parades, music, and dancing celebrates her vitality. Beautiful mountain views are the main attraction of the 2,000-meter- (6,500-foot-) high area. Sixteenth-century San Miguel Arcángel, one of the first churches built in the Huánuco area, is nearby in the village of Huacar.

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15 km (9 mi) south of Huánuco, Huánuco, Huanuco, Peru

Published 02/02/2016


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