This historical city is situated in the Central part of the peruvian Andes. It has a wonderful valley now called “Valle del Mantaro” on the river of the same name at 3,373 meters over the sea level.
There is a very good motor- way between Lima and Jauja 279 Km. There is also a good airport.
Jauja was the first capital of Peru. founded by Francisco Pizarro on april 25 th. 1,534. Because of it nowadays you can find some old houses of colonial style.
The Cristo Pobre Chapel is a very beautiful one. It is same to the Notre Dame Church in Paris.
The archeological Museum of Jauja has excellent samples of the archeological patrimony of the zone sinve the lithic to the Tawantinsuyo.
The liberty Square, also called “Santa Isabel Square” has a monument with on eagle on the top. There is also a beautiful arch and a new chapel.
La Laguna de Paca at only 2 Km. from the city has a very impresive and beautiful scenery surrounded by patch of cattails and picturesque restaurants which sell typical foods. There are also motor boats and you can go for a boat trip arround the pond and to “The love island”. Tunanmarca Ruins on the District of Tunanmarca there is a very important archeological zone with many ruins because it was the capital of the Xauxa. wanka region from 1200 to 1400 A.D. It has two stone walls and almost 300 houses in which lived at least 10,000 inhabitants.
Molinos is another district near Jauja which has a beautiful scenery .a trout hatchery and many clever craftimen in wood carvings.
|Canchayllo Reyas. Is the District of Canchayllo situated 37 Km. from Jauja was discovered only a few years ago, on impresive forest of Puyas Raimondi, the famous inflorescence described by Antonio Raimondi, which are 12 meters high, and they live lOO years and produce 15,000 to 20,000 flowers. Their habitat is at on altitude of 3.400 to 3,600 meters above the sea level. There are several festivities all the year round but the most important ones are:
Carnival-Celebrated with Cortamontes which are dances around a tree dressed on costumes of beautiful colors and designs. 20 of January a celebration in honor to “San Sebastian” and “San Fabian” with the famous tunantadas or typical dances in a competition of at least 15 ensembled orchestras with hundreds of dancers on beautiful costumes.