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About Huancayo

The origin of Huancayo’s name is wanka (rock) and yock (someone who has something). It means the place where the rock is.Capital of the Junín Department, the province of Huancayo is one of the richest of the Andes. In the past the city was inhabited by the wancas who, despite their reputation of warrior culture, were dedicated to agriculture. Before the... city was subjoined by the incas in 1460, the city was settled by the huaris. Some colonial houses of the city are witnesses of the Spanish invasion in 1572. The church of La Merced has traces of the invasion and it’s the place where the Peruvian Constitution was signed in 1839.There is a handmade fair celebrated every Sunday at the Huacanvelica Avenue.
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Travel tips for Huancayo

- It’s located at 3260 meters above the sea level of altitude, in the Mantaro valley, inhabited by more than 340.000 people.-Huancayo is known for its commercial activity. Sundays the market is the meeting point of the neighborhoods.Inside the city you can take taxis, which are numerous and cost between 2 and 5 soles, as well as walk around. The local buses allow the locals to get to the adjacent towns. Ask the locals the information you need to know, they will kindly help you.It’s always preferable not to run the risks to thefts that you can a...void easily just by being attentive and being careful, and not walking through desolate areas at night, try to get around with people and get information about the risk areas.We recommend to bring warm clothes in winter, because the temperatures at night descent quite a lot, and can drop to 32 °F (0 °C). You may also bring sunglasses for the morning, since the sun is intense.Given that it’s located in altitude it’s recommended to bring lemon sweets and coca leafs to avoid travel sickness, head-ache and malaise, typical of the altitude sickness.
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Huancayo weather

Best time to visit Huancayo

The best time to visit Huancayo is in May and June, when the weather is drier and take place important dates celebrated as Tayta Padre, San Pedro y San Pablo. Or in January, the date of La Huaconada.

Climate in Huancayo

-Huancayo has a temperate and dry climate, with a maximum temperature of 73 °F (23 °C) and a minimum of 39 °F (4 °C) throughout the year.-The rainy season goes from October to April. The dry season from May to September. The coldest season is from June to August.

The things to do in Huancayo

Accomodations in Huancayo

Hostal el Rancho
Location: 700, Prolongación Cajatambo
Price: from 49 soles and up the double room
At this modest and low-cost hostal all the rooms have a private bathroom and cable TV. The hostal has car park and wi-fi for free.
Hotel Villa Rica
Location: 1291, Real street
Price: Double with or without bathroom 30-40 soles
The rooms are acceptable for the price but they are also noisy.

Important dates in Huancayo

Fiesta Patronal Santísima Trinidad o Tayta Padre(end of May)This day there are parades to the church in honour of the Holy Trinity and during the route there are formen and captaincy dances. Additionally it’s celebrated with a popular open-air dance and there are fireworks. The black people practise the “sacudida”, a fight dance with whips, which are a key piece at this festival, because the agricultural production of the Mantaro Valley depends on their fight.
Fiestas de San Pedro y San Pablo(June the 28th and 29th)The saints Pedro and Pablo are very celebrated with masses at the Huancayo CAthedral. There is also the day of the Pope and the official closing ceremony of the priest year, and that is why to the ceremony the archbishopric comes to Huancayo.
Huaconada(January, the 1st to the 3rd)It’s a ritual dance where the “huacones” are the old men council, whose masks inspire respect and fear and have a very big nose, symbol of the condor beak; in front of them the young men dance with joyful and coloured clothing, whose masks are sardonic and transmit terror and sadness. At the “huaconada” there are mixed Andean and Spanish elements.


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