Vehicles take four to six hours to cross the high pass at Ticlio, after which they drop in less than an hour to the unsightly and mining-contaminated town and pit-stop of La Oroya. Just beyond here the road splits three ways: north to Cerro de Pasco and Huánuco; south to Huancayo, Huancavelica and, for the travel hardened, Ayacucho; or, eastwards towards Tarma, which is just another hour or two further.

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