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Moquegua Region

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Moquegua is a department in southern Peru that extends from the coast to the highlands. Its capital is the city of Moquegua, its beautiful historical center is grandiose monument of the creativity of its people, the highest expression of architecture is reflected in the traditional slanted roofs, whose traditional architecture form trapesoidal give a unique and singular aspect to this beautiful city. The city of Moquegua is the political, administrative, cultural, economic and commercial center of all the Moquegua region, and is among the main Peruvian cities for its high rates of GDP and national education.GeographyThe region's volcanoes and its geomorphology make its geography remarkable. It is formed by upstream portion of the Tambo River, one of the most torrential coastal rivers, which forms deep valleys that can be divided into three sectors, the first one being in the northwest, forming the Puquina-La Capilla sector. These are veritable oasis enclaved in the rocks; arid hillsides and some terraces where horticulture is possible. High quality alfalfa as well as fruits, especially grapes, are produced here, due to a good climate and a rich soil. The second sector is the valley of Omate, one of the most populated and fertile soils of the department. The Ubinas Volcano, Peru's most active volcano, is located nearby. In the hillsides, the land is fertile in contrast with the desolation and sterility of its highlands. In the southern part of the Tambo River is located the town of Carumas, which along with Puquina and Omate, are the vital centers of this geography. The Moquegua River is a short run one and is formed by its tributaries: the Torata, Huaracane and Tumilaca rivers. After passing through the regional capital, it digs deep into a canyon called the Osmare.
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