Nuñoa is the capital of the suri alpaca – the breed with the finest fiber – and of the bravest patriots, for it was here that the royalist troops suffered a heavy defeat shortly after the rebellion of José Gabriel Condorcanqui.
It also has a reputation of being a place of prosperous and hard-working people, since always. Proof of this was its cattle raising importance during the Tawantinsuyo and the viceroyalty. It is even said that when Viceroy Francisco de Toledo offered to dedicate the town to the protection of St. Peter and St. Paul, the inhabitants of Nuñoa returned the favor with 20 loads of gold and silver that they sent to Lima.
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The process of restoration
Now that the feast of the Virgen del Pilar (October 12), patron saint of Nuñoa, is coming up, it is good to know that the San Pedro Apostle temple has been restored and cleaned thanks to the initiative of its mayor, Luis Condori Mendoza, his board of aldermen and the parish priest José Morocho.
But nothing would have worked without the unconditional support of its inhabitants and the technical contribution of the Decentralized Direction of Culture of Puno. Incidentally, a board of trustees has been formed to manage the protection and conservation of the cultural heritage of the San Pedro Temple.
The construction process of the San Pedro de Nuñoa church began in the 16th century. In its beginnings it was built as a rural chapel and, unlike other viceregal temples, it has the peculiarity of not having a front façade, but a side façade.
Where is the district of Nuñoa?
Nuñoa is a district located in the province of Melgar, Puno region, in southern Peru. Situated at an altitude of around 3,950 meters above sea level in the Andes, this district has a rich history dating back to pre-Inca times. Its economy is based on agriculture and livestock, with crops such as potatoes and quinoa, as well as cattle raising. Nuñoa is known for its handicrafts, especially the production of weavings and textiles, and offers an authentic experience of Andean culture.
In addition to its agricultural and handicraft activity, Nuñoa has natural attractions, such as beautiful mountain scenery and its proximity to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. This natural environment makes it an interesting destination for nature and Andean culture lovers. The district is also known for its annual celebration of the “Fiesta de la Virgen de la Asunción” in August, an important religious festival that attracts visitors from the region and beyond.
In summary, Nuñoa is a district in the Puno region with a rich cultural history, an economy rooted in agriculture and livestock, beautiful natural landscapes and a vibrant artisan tradition. It is an attractive destination for both lovers of Andean culture and those seeking to explore the beauty of the Peruvian highlands.
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