Located in Junín department, in Peru's central Andean zone, at about 3,200 metres above sea level. After travelling along the Central highway from Lima, and crossing the high Andes mountains, the valley appears with its highland landscape dominated by the Mantaro river, agricultural fields, eucalyptus trees and a blue sky.
Jauja, the first capital of Peru, was founded in the region, but its distance from the sea saw the political, social and economic centre of the Vice-Royalty moved to Lima.
The Mantaro Valley, both in its lowlands and highlands, contains immense archaeological wealth that reflects the importance that these population centres had during the pre-Inca and Inca periods. Currently, there is a wide and varied range of hotels on offer, guaranteeing visitors a pleasant stay and allowing them to enjoy days in the countryside or sports like walking, motor sports and mountain biking.