Jauja, (Sausa, Xauxa) is in Southern Sierra (Peru). It is at an altitude of 3,400 m (11,200 ft). Its population in 2015 was about 15,000 people. The town, with a laid-back ambiance and salubrious climate, has narrow streets with houses painted blue. Although visited by few tourists, the town has several significant ruins and attractions, more than Huancayo (which also has few tourists). Laguna de Paca lake is close to the city.
Jauja was the capital of Spanish Peru, prior to the founding of Lima as the new capital. Its name is referenced in the popular Spanish expression "país de Jauja", which literally means "country of Jauja", but is used figuratively to mean a “never never land" or a "land of milk and honey”.
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