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With a population of about 5,000 people, the tiny town of Junín is surprisingly the jumping off point for the second largest lake in Peru: Lago del Junín. Although most tourists breeze past the lake and its surrounding beauty, it is definitely worth a look if you have the time and are keen for an off-the-beaten-trail adventure.

Abutting the lake's shores is the Lago Junín National Reserve, which is home to one of the largest bird-watching sites in the central Andes. Trips to the area offer visitors the opportunity to spot giant coot, flamingos, and many of other colorful feathered friends. The best time of year to visit is during the spring and fall when the greatest variety of birds can be spotted.

The scenery unfolds along the road as it winds toward the lake's shores and Lago Junín National Reserve is spectacular. Visitors can enjoy observing the traditional stone houses and quiet countryside dotted with alpacas. Whether or not you remember your binoculars (or even cared to bring them in the first place) the area boasts enchanting views of Andean landscape—and, of course, of the majestic Lago Junín.


Other places nearby Junín: Huancavelica, Andahuaylas, Huánuco, Ayacucho, Hualhuas, San Jerónimo de Tunán, Huancayo and Cochas Grande/Cochas Chico.

29 Feb 2012

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Junín National Reserve

More than 100 species of aquatic and land birds can be found in Lago Junín, Peru’s second largest lake, making it a very popular destination for birders. Twenty different rivers and 12 streams ...
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