Pasco

(4.330 meters) above sea level

 

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Union of mountain and jungle

A land of marked contrasts, where the mountains and jungle form a chain of cold peaks and lush vegetation. Huayllay’s “Forest of Stones” consists of unusual rock formations and countless lagoons. The region is home to indigenous communities and full of picturesque cities, like Chanchamayo, Pozuzo and Villa Rica, which are inhabited by Austrian-German settlers who have combined their culture with local customs. It has very diverse flora and fauna, and scenery dotted with numerous waterfalls.

Pasco marks the entrance to the exuberant central jungle region.

  • Location: Located in the center of Peru, to the east of the Cordillera Occidental (West Andes). Most of the region consists of high jungle ecosystems, but its capital and other major cities are located in Andean areas.
  • Size: 25,320 km2 (9,776 sq.miles).

Routes & length of stay

2 days

(Minimum
recommended
length of stay)

  • 1/2 day: Old city and new city / 3 hours.
  • 1 daySan Pedro de Ninacaca church, Huaguruncho peak 
  • 2 daysHuayllay National Sanctuary,  Punrun Lagoon (Pasco), Tsachipén native community (Oxapampa),  Casa Cultural Yanesha (Yanesha Cultural Centre) (Oxapampa),  Yanachaga Chemillén National Park (Oxapampa).

 

 

Recommended for

Thermal Baths of Calera found northeast of the city of Cerro de Pasco, in the jurisdiction of the Forest National Shrine of Huayllay. The thermal baths of Calera, have curative properties against muscle and nerve pain.Its warm waters originate in an underground river that runs through the center of a dormant volcano, whose waters have temperatures reaching 60 ° C (140 ° F), and its components are various minerals such as potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium , chloride, sulfate and bicarbonate. Many tourists flock to this place in order to appease the symptoms of their nerve and muscle ailments.

What to buy?

In order to recognize and praise the work of the men and women who dedicate themselves to the craft, as well as strengthening identity and disseminate products of great historical and cultural content.

What to eat?

Pasco department there are a variety of dishes with natural products extracted from ecosystems of mountains and jungle. Also you can taste the punch maca (revered native root with energizing properties), the caliche (local brandy) and chicha which is a corn steep liquor consumption whose origin dates back to earlier times the Incas.

Typical dishes pasco

  • Pachamanca: It is a pre-Hispanic dish that goes back centuries; which is prepared in an earth oven , you dig a hole and stones that are heated to high temperatures , made of wood are placed. Various ingredients such as potatoes are also added, yuccas
  • Picante de cuy: Fried guinea pig served with a sauce of green onion and red pepper sauce with peanuts.

 

Pasco Attractions in the City
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Pasco Attractions Beyond the City
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Pasco Festivals
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