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Laguna de Paca, Jauja

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Laguna de Paca also known as Paca Lagoon, is a placid lake in Peru. It is located 4km north of the historic town of Jauja, which was once the capital of Peru, before Lima was built as its new capital. The lake precincts is habitat for rich flora and fauna. The lake is sourced to springs.GeographyLaguna de Paca is one of the three lakes in the Mantaro River Valley in the central highlands of Peru formed by high Cordillera ranges, which has three tributary valleys known as the Masma, the Paca and the Yanamarca. Laguna Paca is the only lake in the Paca valley which has water throughout the year. However, floating mats of rushes and sedges cover the south side of the lake. The lake itself does not drain out, as like the other lakes in the valleys, has been “filled up by interglacial fill, and alluvial and eolian sedimentation.” The river that originates in this valley, is called the Mantaro River. It flows near the Jauja town into a large alluvial plain. Formation of this region and its lake system is attributed to diverse sedimentary, glacial and tectonic activity. The valley formation is dated to the Late Pliocene and early Pleistocene uplift unconformity. Laguna de Paca covers an area of 21.4km2.The lagoon is located an elevation of 3418m. Its water spread area covers the districts of Paca, Chunán and Pancán. The lake has a storage capacity of 85500m3. It is a popular tourist centre visited by people from the Mantaro Valley and other regions of Peru.
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  • loved the views, the air, there was a bit of altitude but bearable if eating light, the food from the restaurants around was delicious, plus you can hire a bike from the mirador shops for less that $5...  more »
  • It is a beautiful and big lagoon, but unfortunately all the viewpoints in restaurants. You should have free viewpoints where tourists don't have to consume in order to spend a pleasant time watching the landscape.
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  • Is not happens to eat in any of those places! Except for one that is before the row of restaurants of a lady who has the face of dog and that is wrong but making her husband a milanesa good and cheap.
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