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The tourist brochures claim that Chanchamayo sits a mere six hours from Lima, and while that might be a bit optimistic, it is the nearest jungle area to Lima. The term Chanchamayo actually refers to a region, centered on the town of La Merced, but also incorporating the sister city of San Ramon. The urban centers are fairly charmless, but what they lack in intrinsic appeal, they make up for with proximity to some beautiful stretches of jungle.

This is not the flat, steamy jungle found near the Brazilian border. Rather, this is a land of raging rivers, waterfalls, rocky outcroppings and low hills. For the adventure sports-inclined, there are few places in Amazon basin, or the country as a whole, that offer so many possibilities.


Other places nearby Chanchamayo: Pucallpa , Yarinacocha and Tingo Maria.

By Nick Rosen
A staff-writer here at V!VA's offices in Ecuador, I came to Quito after having worked on public health and development projects in Africa. Naturally,...
15 Mar 2012

Things to do in Chanchamayo

Zoologico Gallito De Las Rocas

A lot of tour itineraries include this small zoo, but animal-lovers will want to avoid Gallito de la Rocas. It\'s not that the collection of jungle creatures isn\'t impressive; it\'s that most ...
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Perene Valley

One of the leading destinations in the Chanchamayo region, and one touted by every tour agency in town, is the Penere River valley. The major attractions here are the spectacular waterfalls of Bayoz ...
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