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Where the Peruvian jungle starts

Plaza in Moyobamba, Peru

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Moyobamba is still not well-known. It's off the beaten track but its popularity is growing. Why?

  • Moyobamba and the surrounding areas offer an exceptional opportunity to get to know the tropical rain forest without the discomforts of traveling into the deep jungle.
  • Situated on the banks of the Mayo River, the temperature reaches a comfortable 25 to 30 degrees centigrade (77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit) in the daytime and between 18 and 20C (65 and 68F) at night.

Moyobamba - The city of orchids and doorway to the jungle

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.

orchids at Moyobamba, Peru

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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.

Moyobamba - easy to get to

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.

Natural springs and curative sulfur baths

Five kilometers outside Moyobamba you can find the hot springs of San Mateo. 

  • The water in these springs has a temperature of 40-42 degrees centigrade (104-108 degrees Fahrenheit) and the sources are accessible for tourists.

Southeast of the city you'll find the sulfur baths of Oromina. 

  • Located in a beautiful setting and at an altitude of over 900 meters, the beneficial and skin healing sulfurous water comes to the surface.
  • If you decide to take a swim, prepare yourself for a cold surprise, because the water has a temperature of only 8 degrees!

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Nature reserves Santa Elena and Tingana

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. 

  • Here you will find a great diversity of flora and fauna and unique ecosystems.
  • Local tourism offices offer day trips to the reserves. Maybe it's not so easy to get there, but it's certainly worthwhile.

Want to know how life in the jungle is?

  • Well, you can spend several days in the beautiful Tingana reserve. 
  • It's a great jungle experience and a great way to learn more about this ecological paradise right and you'll also get a taste of life in the jungle.

Waterfalls and 'El Rio Mayo' (Mayo river)

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'.

Image - Christiam Erick Nuñez Piña

Moyobamba, still to be discovered

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.

Map of Moyobamba:

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