Piura - Huancabanban - Huaringas
Huancabamba is an urban rural settlement, the capital of the province by the same name in the Piura Region, at 1,929 meters above sea level, on the banks of the river by the same name, in a valley located in Sierra de Huamani in the Andean Cordillera of the north of Peru, among whose peaks are found the famous sacred lakes or "Huarinjas Lagoons".
The Huaringas are 14 ponds and lakes of different shapes and sizes. Being considered highly potent in therapeutic magic, they are regularly frequented by witch-doctors and faith-healers from every part of the country, who perform their cures in this area, as well as many local and foreign faith-healing believers. They are used to carry out the traditional rites of the local faith-medicine. Of the 14, the most visited are "Shimbe" and "Negra Lagoon". To access this area one must leave at dawn by local bus from Huancabamba. After a two-hour trip one gets to the village of Salala, and from this point get to the first lake by mule or on foot. Tradition demands that you come accompanied by your witch-doctor or shaman, whom you may find locally or bring with you from another town. They are north of Huancabamba at 3,500 meters above sea level. As well as these lakes, there is another less-famous group of seven lakes, called "Las Palanganas" (The Washbasins) that are remarkable for the beauty of their setting. The climate here and water temperature are both on the cold side. In the surrounding vegetation there are ichu, chilhua, totora reed and different bushes.
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