Urcos District

Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas
Country Peru
FoundedJanuary 2, 1857
 • MayorManuel Jesús Sutta Pfocco
 • Total134.65 km2 (51.99 sq mi)
3,150 m (10,330 ft)
 • Total10,614
 • Density79/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (PET)

The Urcos District is one of the twelve districts in the Quispicanchi Province in Peru. Created on January 2, 1857, its capital is the town of Urcos. The closest airport is the TBP Airport (Tumbes Pedro Canga), which is located about 13.4 km (8.3 mi) north-east of Urcos. Urcos is southeast of the former Inca capital, Cusco, in the southern Andes, and it is at an altitude of 3,180 meters (10,430 ft).


The most important river of the district is the Willkanuta which crosses the district from south-east to north-west.[1] A lake named Quyllur Urmana lies in the west of the town at the foot of Wiraqucha.

One of the highest peaks of the district is Quri at approximately 4,200 m (13,800 ft). Other mountains are listed below:[2]

  • Minas
  • Mulli Pampa
  • Puka Q'asa
  • Puma Urqu
  • Qhispi Urqu
  • Q'illu Rumiyuq
  • Ruq'a Urqu
  • Ruq'ayuq
  • Wiraqucha
  • Yana Waylla

Ethnic groups

The people in the district are mainly indigenous citizens of Quechua descent. Quechua is the language which the majority of the population (54.58%) learnt to speak in childhood, 45.03% of the residents started speaking using the Spanish language (2007 Peru Census).[3]


  1. ^ escale.minedu.gob.pe - UGEL maps of the Quispicanchi Province (Cusco Region)
  2. ^ escale.minedu.gob.pe/ UGEL map Paucartambo Province (Cusco Region)
  3. ^ inei.gob.pe Archived 2013-01-27 at the Wayback Machine INEI, Peru, Censos Nacionales 2007, Frequencias: Preguntas de Población: Idioma o lengua con el que aprendió hablar (in Spanish)
  • (in Spanish) Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática. Departamento Cusco. Retrieved on November 1, 2007.

Coordinates: 13°41′06″S 71°37′36″W / 13.6849°S 71.6267°W / -13.6849; -71.6267

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