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07:31 Junin expects 20,000 visitors during Tourist Week of Mantaro Valley
 
Huancayo, Nov. 03 (ANDINA). The Andean department of Junin expects to receive some 20,000 domestic and foreign visitors on the occasion of the Tourist Week of Mantaro Valley to be held on November 10-22, said the director of the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Dircetur), Silvia Salas Alvarado.
Mantaro Valley in Junín, central Peru.
Mantaro Valley in Junín, central Peru.

“A varied program of activities is scheduled, including a wide range of tourist attractions in the four provinces comprising Mantaro Valley: Huancayo, Chupaca, Jauja and Concepcion,” the regional official said in statements to Andina news agency.

"Around 20,000 domestic and foreign tourists are expected to arrive in Junin during these twelve days of holiday, which offer a diverse and decentralized program of tourist, cultural, religious and social activities" said the official.

Major activities include the "Festival of the Pig" in the district of Orcotuna (Concepcion) and the "Festival of the Guinea Pig" in the district of Huaripampa (Jauja), scheduled for November 14 and 16.

The “Seven Gastronomic Wonders of Junin” contest will be launched during these days.

The organization has also scheduled a rally entitled “El Tambo”.

Furthermore, Junin offers various tourist destinations such as Lake Ñahuimpuquio, archaeological remains of Arhuaturo in Chupaca province, and the peasant  community of Marcatuna, which is an experiential tourism destination," she added.

The Mantaro Valley is made up of small towns and rural communities along its two margins.

It is a fertile valley containing fields of corn, artichokes, carrots and potatoes, alongside which flows the Mantaro river.

It is also renowned as an area containing many sites of archaeological importance. Nearby lies the important city of Jauja, the original capital of Peru.

In the valley are several small towns, each famous for its own particular craft.

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Date: 03/11/2009
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