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About Juliaca

The high plain territory where is located the current Juliaca -also known as the “city of winds”- is rich in history and traditions. It was settled more than 4000 years B.C. by tribes mostly dedicated to agriculture and Andean stockbreeding (llama shepherding and guinea pig breeding).Between the years 200 B.C. and 200 A.D. the Pukara culture dominated the high plain region, leaving traces of its presence in Juliaca on the founded archaeologic remains. In the following centuries, the Tiahuanaco, Colla and Inka cultures fought for the hegemony of the high plain. The incas were the ones who prevailed over the other ones in the fight for the Andean supremacy, under the leadership of Pachacutec.With... the Spanish arrival, there was a high plain lands distribution, that culminated with the Spanish foundation of the town of Santa Catalina de Juliaca. During the colonial period the city was scenary of indigenous uprisings against the Spanish domination.In the Republic period, after obtained the Independence of Peru, Juliaca was a rural city until the construction of the railway station (1873) that allowed a greater communication and exchange with the most important cities of the Andean south as Cusco or Arequipa, besides making easier the access of Peruvian and foreign visitors.In 1926 was created, by a supreme order, the province of San Roman, what allowed for the ascent of Juliaca to capital.
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Travel tips for Juliaca

-You should bring warm clothes as windbreak pullovers, gloves and thick trousers, since despite having a dry climate Juliaca has a very cold environment, because of the proximity of the Titicaca lake. This is the reason why Juliaca is also called the city of winds.- You should also have by hand an umbrella. In the rainy season it’s helpful having a raincoat. If it’s possible, try not to get wet, since you could be sick.-Juliaca is located at 3825 meters above the sea level, so you should be prepared to the altitude sickness, whose origin is the shortage of oxygen. Have by hand Sorojchi Pills and take your time to get acclimatized. It’s always good to take a time to get your body used to the high altitude.-In Juliaca you will find sweaters and other clothes made of alpaca and sheep wool, very warm and adequated for the intense cold nights.Juliaca is one of the cities with more problems of transportation. Don’t you get surprised to see vehicle chaos and traffic. In some cases, there are offenses to the traffic rules (speed excess, bad manners with passenger, excessive receipts). If you want to go for a walk on the city we recommend you to take a taxi (from s/ 5 to s/ 10), although the “custer” (buses of med...ium size) and the “combis” (little buses) are much more inexpensive (s/ 1 to s/ 2). You have also the option of “mototaxi” (3 tyres vehicle, as a motrocycle), present in most of the Peruvian cities. Don’t you reject the long trekkings, since it’s a good option the days of tiresome traffic.- In some taxis you will see that there is a drainage system; it’s due to the strong rains that arrive from December to April.Extras:-In Juliaca is placed the Aeropuerto Internacional Inca Manco Capac, the unique airport in all the Puno region. The most demanded flights are the ones to Lima, Cusco and Arequipa. Juliaca has the longest landing track of South America, with 2.6 mi (4.2 km).-The Ferrocarril Transandino (the railway) goes through the city, connecting Puco, Cusco and Arequipa. The route made by the PeruRail train has won important awards worldwide due to its first class service.In Juliaca, the thefts in the critical points of the city are a constant problem, since they can occur even in broad daylight. On your stay in Juliaca we recommend you to avoid going alone to distant or not tourist places. You should also avoid having in sight valuable objects as cameras or cell phones -don’t you use them on the streets.
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Juliaca weather

Best time to visit Juliaca

The best period to visit Juliaca is in January, when the locals celebrate the Carnival of Juliaca or beginning of May for the Fiesta de las Cruces

Climate in Juliaca

-The climate of Juliaca is dry most of the year, although from December to April the rainy season is very intense. During the day the temperature can reach 64.4 °F (18 °C) and at night it descends to 41 °F (5 °C), since there are months really cold.

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Accomodations in Juliaca

Hotel San Martin Inn
Location: Jr. Mariano Núñez 233
Price: s/ 67 s/ 127
One of the cheapest options you can find in Juliaca. The rooms are modest, but the beds are comfortable. The manners of the staff are very attentive. The wifi is not so good. For your comfort we recommend you to host in rooms not facing the street, since the noise of the bumpy life in Juliaca could annoy your stay.

Important dates in Juliaca

Carnaval de Juliaca(January)The date of the carnival is not fixed. It’s considered the longest carnival of Peru. There are competitions of typical dances between different artist groups and dance companies of the city. The carnival has achieved a great cultural relevance the last years, reason why it’s broadcasted in several cities of the country and abroad.
Feria Internacional de las Alasitas / Fiesta de las Cruces(May 3rd to 8th)The Fiesta de las Cruces is a religious festival that celebrates the discovery of the trunk that presumably was part of the cross where Christ died. Masses, processions and activities of religious type are done. At the same time, the Feria de las Alasitas joins the artisans of the high plain. You will find here little pieces of handicrafts that represent the deepest wishes of the people (you will see from a little car to minute house). The activities have a religious connotation combined with the influence of the Andean tradition.
Fiesta de la Virgen de las Mercedes(September the 24th)The Patron Saint of the Virgen de las Mercedes is celebrated with masses and processions in honour of the protector of the city, the image of the Virgen de las Mercedes, who goes on a pilgrimage from the Templo de las Mercedes.


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