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Getting To and Away

Chanchamayo’s big claim to fame is the ease with which one can reach it from Lima. Indeed, no city in the jungle is easier to get to.

By Bus
A number of buses leave Lima for Chanchamayo (stopping at both La Merced and San Ramon, the two towns in the district), but the best company is Transportes Junin. The buses leave at slightly different times each night, but usually there is a departure around 11 p.m., and on holiday weekends, about 7 a.m. The main station is at Nicolas Arriola 171 in La Victoria, near the Cruz del Sur terminal on Javier Prado.

However, recently, buses have been leaving from a second office at Luna Pizarro 460, also in La Victoria. If you have to choose between the two, take the former. The latter is in a dangerous neighborhood, especially at night. It is recommended that you call ahead at 224-9220.

If you can’t get a Transportes Junin bus, no-name buses and combis leave every night from the Yerbateros terminal at the border of Ate and San Luis. Prices generally run $10-20, depending on the service, and
the trip takes six to seven hours. Buses stop along San Ramon’s main street, and in La Merced’s bus terminal, which is located about a kilometer from the center.

Other options are to take a bus to Tarma, which also leave from Yerbateros, and then a collective taxi onward to Chanchamayo, which comes out costing about the same. For onward travel to Satipo or Oxapampa, collective taxis and combis leave from near the bus station in La Merced.

By Car
The other option is driving. The Carretera Central runs straight from Lima to Chanchamayo. The trip takes about six hours. Be careful around the pass at Ticlio- the combination of high altitudes and snow make it very dangerous.

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,...
17 Feb 2012

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