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Jauja, forty kilometres from Huancayo, on the road to La Oroya, is a little colonial town that was the capital of Peru before the founding of Lima. Surrounded by some gorgeous countryside, Jauja is a likeable place, whose past is reflected in its unspoiled architecture, with many of the colonial-style buildings painted light blue. A much smaller and more languid town than Huancayo, its streets are narrow and picturesque, and the people friendly. Today, Jauja is more renowned for its traditional and well-stocked Sunday and Wednesday markets.
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