Jaén (province) Travel Guide

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Machine to separate the fruit from the pit of the coffee

Machine to separate the fruit from the pit of the coffee

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The province of Jaén is very diverse, from the hustle and bustle of steamy hot capital Jaén, its refreshing or ice cold rivers, to the isolated cool mountain towns like Santa Rosa. Climates differ as much in rainfall as in temperature. Close to the Andean peaks on road to Chiclayo it’s pretty dry, while the cloud forests of Huamantanga hardly ever see a day without rain.

Isolated as it used to be, the trip to Chiclayo now takes about six hours. Though still a poor province with numerous social conflicts, the city of Jaén has seen an economical boom. With a base of rice and coffee production in the province, its economy depends on transportation and selling agricultural supplies.

At the crossroads of the transandean highway Chiclayo-Iquitos and a road to Ecuador via the more tranquil province and city of San ignacio, it does have a big potential as a tourist destination. Via Tabaconas you can even get to Huancabamba, a  breathtaking spectacular amazing ride through  the cloud forests high up in the  mountains,  until you reach get softly rained at  by the 'paramo'-rains, a unique ecosystem.

The city of Jaén itself also has a lot to offer. The rich nightlife of Jaén, tranquil living in the green mountains, the cloud forests and the riverside beaches await the visitor. Just make sure you don’t get lost in the forest of mototaxi’s of Jaén.

Just an hour out of the city of Jaén, and another hour by mule, you can find villages as isolated as Dogville. The setting of this kind of places is amazing, although it hurts somewhat to realize that the pasture all used to be virgin forests. Adding to the charm and the Dogville-character are the Rondas. These are village organizations, responsible for security and justice, as the state doesn’t exactly have a positive presence in these forsaken areas.

An interesting place to do some exploring is Santa Rosa, a picturesque district capital. Look for someone who rents horses. At just a two hour ride out of town you can find a huge cave system, inhabited by an endangered nocturnal bird and scene of a massacre of leftist activists in the 1960s. Locals maintain Ernesto Che Guevara was present too, but they also maintain Asian Tigers live in these parts.

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April 06, 2006 change by joosts (4 points)

June 05, 2006 change by giorgio

April 24, 2006 change by reen

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