Apurímac region

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Apurímac region
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Basic data
Country Peru
Capital Abancay
surface 20,895.8 km²
Residents 458,800 (2015)
density 22 inhabitants per km²
founding April 28, 1873
ISO 3166-2 PE-APU
Website www.regionapurimac.gob.pe (Spanish)
Gobernador regional Baltazar Lantarón Núñez (2019-2022)
Provinces of the Apurímac region
Provinces of the Apurímac region

Coordinates: 13 ° 36 ′  S , 73 ° 0 ′  W

The region Apurímac [ apuˈɾimak ] ( Spanish Región Apurímac , Quechua Apurimaq suyu ) is a region in the Peruvian Andes with 458,800 inhabitants (2015), around 700 kilometers southeast of Lima . At 20,895.79 km², the region is roughly the size of Hesse . The capital of the region is Abancay .

The name Apurímac comes from the name of the Río Apurímac , a source river of the Amazon . Etymologically , the name can be derived from Quechua and means "the Lord who speaks".


The region is very mountainous, with some mountains over 5000 meters and deep valleys. The highest mountain in the region is Ampay at 5223 meters.

The regional capital Abancay has 60,000 inhabitants and is around 180 km west of Cusco . It is the bishopric and houses two hospitals, two universities, the court and a market. Abancay is in the socio-economic sphere of influence of Cusco, while the second largest metropolitan area of ​​Apurímac, Andahuaylas (with the national airport, Andahuaylas Airport ), is more in the sphere of influence of the city of Ayacucho .

The road connections in the region are comparatively poor. But the roads towards Lima and Cusco are paved. In the past, the bus took about 5 hours to Cusco.


More than three quarters of the population are indigenous . Apurímac is the region of Peru with the highest proportion of Quechua native speakers (69.7%; variants Chanka and Qusqu-Qullaw ).


The region was legally established as a department on April 26, 1873 .

In the 1980s and 1990s, Apurímac was a stronghold of the Maoist Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path).


The Apurímac region is divided into seven provinces and 80 districts.

province Capital
Abancay Abancay
Andahuaylas Andahuaylas
Antabamba Antabamba
Aymaraes Chalhuanca
Chincheros Chincheros
Cotabambas Tambobamba
Gray Chuquibambilla

Web links

Commons : Region Apurímac  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Instituto Nacional de Estadistica e Informatica: 2017 census. Idioma o lengua con el que aprendió hablar. Retrieved September 14, 2018 (Spanish).