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(Altitude: 860 m / 2,821 ft, Population: 65,000, City Code: 042)

The first jungle city along the Corredor Transoceánico highway is Moyobamba. This capital of Departamento de San Martín is little-visited by international travellers. Located on a broad plain on the heights above the Río Mayo, it has many attractions ready to lure tourists looking for a pleasant rest point between Chachapoyas and the Amazon river port of Yurimaguas. Statues in the main square and at roundabouts, and orchid gardens display the region’s many species of that flower, which give Moyobamba its nickname, Ciudad de las Oriquídeas (City of Orchids). Just outside town are some of Peru’s best hot springs. Trips on the Río Mayo lend access to the jungle and small, typical villages. Moyobamba gives not only a good introduction to the human and natural environment of Peru’s northern Amazon jungle, but also to its cuisine.


Other places nearby Moyobamba: Tarapoto, Yurimaguas, Lamas, Santa Rosa and Iquitos.

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Things to do in Moyobamba

Baños Termales San Mateo

In the jungle south of Moyobamba lie some of Peru’s best hot springs. Baños Termales San Mateo has six pools with medicinal waters registering 36-43ºC (97-109ºF), guaranteed to restore your ...
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Botanical Gardens

The cloudforests around Moyobamba are the homeland of the local endemic orchid species, Pragmipedium kovachii and Catleya rex. If you don’t visit Moyobamba during its annual Festival de la ...
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Moyobamba, Peru

Río Mayo

The Río Mayo defines the north edge of Moyobamba city. On the cliff above the Río Mayo are two lookout points with views of the jungle and river: Punta de Tahuishco (end of Jr Puno) and Mirador ...
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