The Chancay Castle It is one of the biggest tourist attractions that we have in the outskirts of Lima. Located in the province of Huaral, this great building of more than 2 kilometers long keeps a great history since its construction, the same one 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 Boggio family castle, the Chancay Castle began to be built in 1924 under the orders of 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, Romulo Boggio Klauerwith whom he married when he was only 19 years old.
But the Lima woman was also known for having a great sensitivity for the arts, especially for poetry. She posted her 400 poems in two volumes, a very famous one called ‘Sandalwood’, dedicated to his 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 of the place and put herself in charge of the supervision of the progress of the work, which would end ten years later and whose purpose would be to live there with his whole family.
However, despite the beautiful architectural work, it was abandoned for almost three decades, from the 60s to the early 90s.
Unlike what would happen later with the Amauta Coliseumwhich 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.
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 environments of this place, you see wedding photos of Doña Consuelo, with her children and various pieces of furniture, decorations and fashionable 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. Road to Huaral, a detour at kilometer 82 of the Pan American Highway north It 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 terminal North Lima Square 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.
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.