What almost nobody knows is that Jauja was the capital of Peru before Francisco Pizarro founded Lima. Of course, this era did not last long, but the city is still marked by colonial times, as can be seen in the Plaza de Armas. Jauja is especially famous for the market, which takes place on Wednesdays and Sundays. Near Jauja, in the Mantaro Valley, there is a lake called Laguna de Paca. With the mountain range in the background, the lake is a popular place among locals and foreign visitors. There are bathing beaches and the possibility of boat trips.
The city of Huancayo is 40 kilometers from Jauja. In addition to the views of the later colonial period, for example, the Capilla de la Merced, outside the city is the Cerrito de la Libertad mountain, which offers a beautiful view of the area. But not far away you will find the real highlight and the ideal place for trekking: Torre Tower, a landscape formed by limestone formations reminiscent of towers.