Welcome to Río Mantaro Valley
Festivals are a way of life here. Residents say that there is a festival occurring each day of the year, and chancing upon some colorful celebration is highly likely.
The valley, split by the Río Mantaro throughout its length, runs northwest–southeast between Jauja and Huancayo. South of Jauja, the road branches to follow both the west and east sides of the Río Mantaro Valley to Huancayo. Local bus drivers refer to these as derecha (right, or west) and izquierda (left, or east).
From Huancayo, some classic Andean travel routes connect through the hard-going but delightfully scenic valleys south to Huancavelica, Ayacucho, Andahuaylas and eventually on to Cuzco.