Moyobamba is still not well-known. It's off the beaten track but its popularity is growing. Why?
The city is known as 'The city of orchids' with more than 2.800 different species of this beautiful flower.
The city of orchids is the capital of the department of San Martin. The official name is Santiago de los Ocho Valles de Moyobamba.
The city was founded in 1540 by the Spanish conqueror Juan Pérez de Guevara. Before this date the Moyobamba area was inhabited by the Chachapoyan culture.
The Spanish used Moyobamba as base for missionaries, soldiers and merchants who explored the Amazon area from here.
To get to enjoy the tropical beauty of Moyobamba you don't have to travel days on a river boat surrounded by mosquitoes.
The city is easily accessible from most major Peruvian cities by daily luxury bus services.
From the Peruvian capital Lima the trip lasts about 25 hours.
A (night) bus trip from Trujillo on Peru's north coast will take you in about 15 hours over the Andes and into the edge of the jungle basin.
You'll find here accommodations for every budget.
Five kilometers outside Moyobamba you can find the hot springs of San Mateo.
Southeast of the city you'll find the sulfur baths of Oromina.
In the area of Moyobamba the nature reserves of Santa Elena and Tingana are the best known and waiting to be explored by the eco tourist.
Want to know how life in the jungle is?
In and around Moyobamba one can enjoy beautiful nature sceneries.
Local travel agencies organize day trips and hikes to several waterfalls and boat trips on the river Mayo.
For the real dare devils it is even possible to go on a 'wild water ride'.
Moyobamba is still a place that's unknown by the great public, so you'll find here no mass tourism.
Leaving from Moyobamba it's easy to travel to the jungle cities of Tarapoto and Yurimaguas.
The real adventurists can embark here on the boats that bring you to the deep jungle, where the next adventure is waiting in the jungle town Iquitos.