6,500 (2003 SIL).
Huancavelica region: northeast Castrovirreyna province; Ica region: north Chincha province; Lima region: Yauyos province.
8a (Moribund). Recognized language (1999, Constitution, Article 48).
San Pedro de Huacarpana, Apurí, Madean-Viñac (Madeán), Azángaro-Huangáscar-Chocos (Huangáscar), Cacra-Hongos, Tana-Lincha (Lincha), Tomás-Alis (Alis), Huancaya-Vitis, Laraos. Not 1 language–a cover term for a highly differentiated linguistic area with many 1-village varieties. A member of macrolanguage Quechua [que].
Monolinguals in Chincha area, primarily older women. High bilingualism with Spanish throughout the area (2000 SIL). Possibly 1,200 older adult users. Also use Spanish [spa].