Chancay Castle entrance (Facebook)
The Chancay Castle is one of the biggest tourist attractions we have on the outskirts of Lima. Located in the province of Huaral, this large building of more than 2 kilometers in length has kept a great history since its construction, the same that we can see and enjoy to this day. This place is the favorite of many Peruvians who want to do internal tourism but do not want to go too far from home.
Initially known as the castle of the Boggio family, the Chancay Castle began to be built in 1924 under the orders of Doña Consuelo Amat, who was the great-granddaughter of one of the most famous viceroys of Peru, Manuel Amat y Juniet. In addition to the architect León Rolando.
The place chosen to erect the imposing building was at the foot of a cliff. Doña Consuelo’s original idea was to pay homage to her husband and former mayor of Chancay, Rómulo Boggio Klauer, with whom she married when she was only 19 years old.
The establishment is open from Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm (Castillo de Chancay)
But the Lima woman was also known for having a great sensitivity for the arts, especially for poetry. She published 400 of her poems in two volumes, a very famous one called ‘Sandalwood’, dedicated to her mother. And another book called ‘Leaves’, also dedicated to the memory of her partner.
What very few people know is that she herself drew the architectural plans for the place and was in charge of supervising the progress of the work, which would end ten years later and whose purpose would be to live there with her whole family.
However, despite the beautiful architectural work, it was abandoned for almost three decades, from the 60s to the early 90s.
Chancay Castle (ytuqueplanes.com)
Unlike what would happen later with the Amauta Coliseum, which was bought by a religious sect, the Chancay Castle was saved from suffering the same fate.
It happens that Juan Winston Barreto Boggio, grandson of Doña Consuelo (son of Doña Libia Boggio Amat y León and Colonel Juan Francisco Barreto Saavedra) providentially appeared to prevent its sale to the Jesuits, who wanted to convert it into a monastery, and begin its reconstruction. .
These days, the Chancay Castle is the favorite place for many families willing to spend a full day. And it is that within the building there are several environments in which you can learn and many things in a very playful way such as the Hall of Memories, the Chancay Anthropological Museum of Culture, the Natural Museum and the La Covadonga Viewpoint.
That’s not all, because you can also find restaurants, hotels, camping areas, sports courts, swimming pools and craft shops.
Room of the residence of Doña Consuelo Amat in the Castle of Chancay (Traveller’s Steps)
One of the most curious places is the so-called Hall of Memories. On this site you can see what Doña Consuelo Amat’s old room was like.
Here we see his bed, a baby’s crib and on the other side of the bed the baby stroller. Also other objects such as wardrobes and mirrors from the time.
In other rooms of this place, you can see photographs of Doña Consuelo’s marriage, with her children and various pieces of furniture, ornaments and fashion objects in those days.
If you have your own car, it shouldn’t take you more than an hour and a half to get to this place. On the way to Huaral, a detour at kilometer 82 of the Panamericana Norte will take you to the shores of the Chancay sea.
But if you choose to go by public transport, in the center of Lima you will find buses that go to the north (Huaral, Chancay, Huacho, Barranca, etc.).
You can also go to the Plaza Lima Norte terminal and from there buses depart that will leave you at the entrance of Chancay. Then you have to take a taxi or mototaxi to get to the castle.
Representation of the prow of the frigate Independencia in the Castle of Chancay (Traveller’s Steps)
The ticket to enjoy all these and other wonders has a value of S/ 25 for adults and S/ 12 for children. The cost also includes the guided visit (every 30 minutes) to the museums and restricted areas.
And what are you waiting for? Take advantage of this weekend and do some internal tourism with family and friends, you won’t regret it.
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