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Huancayo, founded as Holy Trinity on June 1, 1572, is the largest city in the central highlands of Peru south of the Mantaro Valley. It is the district capital of the department of Junín and Huancayo Province. The area was inhabited by the Huancas, who then became part of the United Huanca. On June 1, 1572, the “Indian Village” was founded by Don Jeronimo de Silva and advocate to the Holy Trinity, taking the name “Holy Trinity of Huancayo”. It is famous for its nickname Ciudad Incontrastable, also known for its handicrafts every Sunday in the central avenue Huancavelica, as well as its original landscape, the valley, its history and crafts.
The city of Huancayo, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics, is the ninth most populous city in Peru, with a population of 323,054.
A mom of a missionary of the Peru Huancayo Mission has created a facebook page for the parents and families of missionaries serving in this mission. If you are interested in knowing more, check out their group on facebook called “Huancayo Peru LDS Missionary Families!”
Missionaries are productive and teach lessons frequently. Generally there are 0-5 baptisms a month in a given area.
Peruvian cuisine varies from region to region, though the staples of meat (beef, pork, and chicken), rice, corn, chili peppers, and potatoes are common ingredients in meals throughout the country. Some popular dishes include lomo saltado (fried meat served with french fries, rice, and onions), anticuchos (barbecued cow heart), and ceviche (raw fish in citrus juice and served with chili peppers). A modified version of Chinese food, known as Chifa, is also popular.
There are three main modes of transportation (1) the Francisco Carle Airport at Jauja offers daily connections to Lima, (2) the Carretera Central links Huancayo with La Oroya and Lima, (3) the Ferrocarril Central Andino enables transport by rail.
Do not be out after dark, and always stay with your companion. Be aware of festivals, since there are a lot of them and large crowds can often get rowdy.
Many Peruvian towns have their own unique festivals and celebrations, featuring music, dance, and special meals. Marinera dancing is a popular feature of many of these festivities. Folk instruments such as the charango, cajón, and zampoña are popular, though modern styles such as rock and cumbia are also popular. Soccer is Peru’s most popular sport, though volleyball is also somewhat popular.
Peruvian Spanish has a very unique accent; words will often be abbreviated or replaced with Incan words, which can make the language a bit difficult to understand at first.
Rain jacket for spontaneous storms and short sleeved shirts for the heat and humidity.
Peruvians are a very believing people. The vast majority of the populace is Catholic, but many other religions flourish in Peru.
Packages should be addressed to “President Henderson” with the missionaries name in the return address:
Peru Huancayo Mission
Jiron Cusco #278 Huancayo