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Trip Planner South America  /  Peru  /  San Martin Region  /  Rioja
Rioja is the capital of Rioja Province in the San Martín Region in northern Peru. It is situated to the west of Moyobamba. There are 24,263 inhabitants according to the 2007 census.The town is 848 metres above sea level and has a semi-humid subtropical climate.HistoryDuring the period of the Incas, the Rioja Province was inhabited by two tribes, the Uquihuas and the Chepenes.At the end of the 16th century, one of the first Catholic missionaries arrived at Uquihua.Rioja was founded in September, 1782 and was originally named Santo Toribio de la Nueva Rioja.GeographyRioja is situated in the valley of the upper Mayo River in the north of the San Martín Region. Its coordinates are longitude 77°08’30” and latitude 06º03’00”.The peaks surrounding Rioja exceed 1,000 metres above sea level.The average temperature is 22.5°C. with actual temperatures varying between 16.5°C and 28.4°C.Communications and TransportRioja is connected to the rest of the country by land, air, and water.LandConnections via the "Carretera Marginal" . There are daily bus services as well as minibuses, collective taxis and lorries.
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