10:37 | Trujillo (La Libertad), Feb. 17.
The province of Julcan in La Libertad region gets ready to host a new edition of its carnival. The traditional festivity is one of the highlights of Peru's festivals calendar and this year is expected to attract more than 5,000 tourists to the jurisdiction.
Announcement was made by Julcan Mayor John Manuel Rodriguez Espejo from Casa de la Identidad (House of Identity) in Trujillo.
The local government official was joined by La Libertad Governor Luis Valdez Farias, the Carnaval’s queen and local authorities.
The Julcan Regional Carnival will be held from February 26 to March 3. A series of artistic and gastronomic activities have been planned as part of this celebration. In addition, organizers will run exhibitions and contests to reward the best agricultural producers in the area.
“There are enough hotels and restaurants nearby to accommodate local, national and foreign visitors on these days,” the mayor was quoted as saying.
La Libertad Governor invited vacationers to visit the place and experience the living mountain culture first hand.
Julcan is located 3,404 m above sea level and 105 km from Trujillo. The road to get there is fully surfaced and in excellent condition. The estimated travel time is 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Julcan is known as the country’s potato capital with 2,000 types of this tuber. Its traditional dance is La Minga, whose choreography symbolizes daily agricultural tasks and animal husbandry.
Typical dishes include cuy frito, cebiche de chocho, chicha de jora, among others.
One of Julcan’s main archaeological sites is the stone city of Huasochugo.