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Lake Paca

JAUJA PACA 3 mountain bike peru

Paca is an iconic place in the Junin region, arriving at Mantaro valley on its left side you will find Jauja City, the first capital that the Spanish found and because of logistic issues was changed to move to the new city of Lima. Very close to Jauja is Lake Paca, and we used this place as a zero point for many trips we did in the central region.

Leaving Lima by ground is per se an adventure, the traffic by the Central Highway is a bit stressed, but today we have the plain, something great because we avoid the 6 hours driving and crossing the highpass of Ticlio at an altitude of 4800m.

Jauja is at 3500 mt of altitude, so as ever coastal people like us, we have to take our time to get acclimatized. This place is our starting point for other adventures and this loop is the easiest one you can do in the surroundings, the track is almost flat, or with some minimum climb crossing near small villages such as Jauja, Paca, Molinos with a few efforts and with a lot of time to spend there in a loop of 20 to 40 km.

The basic route starts from Jauja, a slight climb to Lake Paca, to surround it and then point to Yauli village, climbing easily to the point you like, and then, start the ride down to Molinos, locally known for their wood-carved handworks and their local places for eating.
After a moment there you can ride back to Jauja.

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