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The department of Junin, just as Huanuco is divided by the sierra and the jungle. The western side is made up of steep mountain ranges, and the east is made up of jungle vegetation. The capital city, Huancayo, is one of the largest of Peru and is located in the Mantaro River valley. The area in western Junin was one of the first settled by the Spanish and preserves much of the colonial architecture from that time. Tourist attractions include the Convent of Santa Rosa of Ocopa which contains a library with over 25,000 volumes. The city of Jauja was the first capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru and still contains many of the remnants of its important colonial past. The city of
Tarma, known as the city of flowers has a spectacular climate and a picturesque countryside. Other important attractions are the Junin National Reservation and the Chacamarca Historic Sanctuary.
Junin Tourist Information
The Junin Region includes highlands as well as Amazonian jungle. To the west, at the border with the Department of Lima, the mountains are steep and snowy. Towards the east, he landscape is made of glacial valleys and high altitude plateaus. At the rim of the jungle, deep narrow gorges and mist forests abound.
The city of Huancayo is located in the Mantaro River valley, one of the most fertile valleys in the central Andes. Its inhabitants make a living from agriculture, cattle raising, trade, and tourism. Long ago, the area was the realm of the Huancas, a tribal enemy of the Incas who according to legend were finally subjugated by Pachacútec after ferocious resistance.
Half an hour away from the city of Huancayo, in the province of La Concepción, you come across the Convent of Santa Rosa of Ocopa. Franciscan missionaries built it in 1725 for the purpose of establishing a base for evangelizing the jungle peoples. There are still preserved old, Colonial cloisters and an impressive library with more than 25,000 volumes.
From the city of Jauja, the first capital of the Peruvian Vice-royalty, you can visit the lovely Paca Lake. The city of Tarma, the city of flowers, is celebrated for its attractive countryside and excellent climate. However, the department is not only mountainous. It also contains jungle valleys with splendid countryside and typically tropical climate like Satipo and Chanchamayo, where the cities of San Ramon and La Merced are located.The department is also home to the Chacamarca Historic Sanctuary and the Junin National Reserve, which protects the second largest lake in Peru where the Junin grebe lives, a bird nearing extinction..
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altitude Capital:Huancayo 3249 masl / 10.657 fasl
Altitude:Lowest point:313 masl / 1027 fasl (Puerto Prado)
Highest point: 4505 masl / 14.776 fasl (Morococha)
Weather The city of Huancayo has a rainy and cold climate with an annual average maximum temperature of 23°C (74°F) and a minimum of 4°C (39°F). The rainy season starts in October and ends in April. Access routes By land: Lima – Ticlio – Huancayo: 310 km / 193 miles on the Central Highway (5 hours and 30 minutes by car).Lima – Ticlio – La Oroya – Chanchamayo – Satipo: 432 km / 268 miles (5 hours by car) Distances from the city of Huancayo -Concepcion (Province of Concepcion) 21 km (13 miles) / 30 minutes.
-La Merced (Province of Chanchamayo) 182 km (113 miles) / 3 hours.
-Chupaca (Province of Chupaca) 11 km (7 miles) / 15 minutes.
-Jauja (Province of Jauja) 46 km (29 miles) / 1 hour.
-Junin (Province of Junin) 180 km (112 miles) / 3 hours.
-Satipo (Province of Satipo) 233 km (145 miles) / 5 hours.
-Tarma (Province of Tarma) 108 km (67 miles) / 2 hours.
-La Oroya (Province of Yauli) 124 km (77 miles) / 2 hours.
Overland Transport -Huancayo. There is no bus station, but the majority of bus companies are found between the 10th and 12th blocks of Avenida Mariategui, El Tambo.
-La Merced. Royal Bus Terminal. Intersection of Avenida Prolongacion Tacna and Avenida Carlos Peschiera.
Railroads The train schedules are subject to changes. It is recommended to verify in advance the following given information.
Avenida Ferrocarril 461. District of Chilca, Huancayo.
Telephone: (064) 21-7724 / 216662 / 217294.
Regular Train: Duration 5 hours. Departures: Mon. – Sat. 6:30 P.M., 1:00 P.M., and Sun. 2:00 P.M.
Fast train: Duration 4 hours. Departures: Fri. 6:20 A.M. and Sun. 6:00 P.M.
Express train: Duration 3 hours. Capacity: 11 passengers (Service upon request)
Health Centers -Huancayo: Daniel A. Carrion Hospital. Avenida Daniel Alcides Carrion 1552. Telephone: (064) 22-2157 / 23-2222. Attention: 24 hours
-Concepcion: David Guerrero Duarte Support Hospital. Jiron 9 de Julio. Telephone: (064) 58-1043
-Jauja: Domingo Olavegoya Hospital. Jiron San Martín 1153.
Telephone: (064) 36-2007 / 36-2008. Attention: 24 hours
-Tarma: Felix Mayorca Soto Hospital. Avenida Pacheco 362.
Telephone: (064) 32-1401 / 32-1400. Attention: 24 hours
-Chanchamayo: La Merced Support Hospital. Jiron Tarma 140.
Telephone: (064) 53-1930 / 53-1002
-Satipo: Manuel Higa Arakaki Hospital. Avenida Daniel Alcides Carrión 395. Telephone: (064) 54-5045 / 545923. Attention: 24 hours.
Local Police Station -Junin Regional Police – Policía Nacional del Peru
Avenida Ferrocarril 555, Huancayo. Telephone: (064) 21-1653 / 20-0230 / 20-0758
-Ecological and Tourist Police. Avenida Ferrocarril 580, Huancayo.
Telephone: (064) 219851
Craft market Casa del Artesano. Calle Real 481, Huancayo. Telephone: (064) 20-0485
Opening hours: Mon. – Sun. 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M
Postal Service -Huancayo: Serpost. Plaza Huamanmarca 350. Telephone: (064) 23-1271. Attention: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. and Sun. 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
-Jauja: Serpost. Jiron Bolognesi 642. Telelphone: (064) 36-1660.
Attention: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
-Tarma: Serpost. Jiron Callao 356. Telephone: (064) 32-1241.
Attention: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M
-La Oroya. Serpost. Avenida Horacio Zervallos Gamez 303. Telephone: (064) 39-1023. Attention: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
- La Merced. Serpost. Jiron Dos de Mayo 356. Telephone: (064) 53-1174. Attention: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M
Tourist Information Transportation
Company name Contact Web Site/ Email Empresa de Transporte Mariscal Cáceres S.A.C. 427-2844 ETRANSA - Empresa de Transporte Salazar E.I.R.L (064) 24-2323 Empresa de Transportes Nuestra Señora de La Merced (064) 53-2606 Transportes Chanchamayo S.A.C (064) 32-1882 Cruz del Sur - Transportes Cruz del Sur S.A.C (043) 32-1283 Junin Cuisine
Typical dishes :
The main typical dishes of the region are the following:
- Uman caldo: sheep head soup with mint and aji (hot pepper).
- Yaku chupe or sopa verde: soup made with potatoes, cheese, eggs, and aromatic herbs.
- Huallpa chupe: chicken soup with potato and rice.
- Mondongo: beef soup with cow innards, pork rinds, corn, and parsley.
- Patachi: wheat soup with beans, bacon, beef, and mint.
- Pachamanca: variety of meats, potatoes, lima beans and humitas cooked in the pre-Hispanic style (on hot stones buried into the ground) and seasoned with aromatic herbs.
- Chicharron colorado: pork rinds fried in their own lard with an aji colorado sauce (hot pepper).
- Cordero al palo: a whole sheep on a spit grilled over glowing embers.
- Asado de zamaño, cutpe and sakino: roasted pork, Guinea pig, and peccary.
- Chicharrón de pescado de río: fried pieces of river fish.
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