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Pucallpa, Peru - Birds & Wildlife At Lake Yarinacocha In The Amazon

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - September 2016   » View Photoset (104 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
In the middle of Peru, deep towards the eastern side in the Amazon on the banks of the Ucayali River sits the city of Pucallpa. A rugged and busy little
Peru Photo - Great place to have a house and live in Pucallpa, at Lake Yarinacocha.
Great place to have a house and live in Pucallpa, at Lake Yarinacocha.
town full of mototaxis at every turn. I came to Pucallpa from Tingo Maria, a 4-5hr journey through the jungle by shared co-op car. I didn't know much about Pucallpa before I arrived here, only that it was a place you could take a ferry north to Iquitos from. I didn't plan to do that this time because I intended to go to Iquitos by river from Yurimaguas (north of Tarapoto) about a week later. What I did plan to do was to have a good look around the place and get a feel for what the city was about.

My Own Tour to Lake Yarinacocha

Pucallpa is kind-of remote, there were not really many travellers around, 1 or 2 maybe. That's why after enquiring at a couple of tour offices, I decided to do my own tour because they couldn't get enough people together to make a tour that would be economical. From the information I received from them and with a little internet research I soon learned that the main attraction around Pucallpa is Lake Yarinacocha (Lago
Peru Photo - Lake Yarinacocha in Pucallpa, 15mins from the city, see birds and wildlife.
Lake Yarinacocha in Pucallpa, 15mins from the city, see birds and wildlife.
Yarinacocha) for birdwatching and spotting jungle life! So sometime after 7am I took a mototaxi 15mins from town to Yarinacocha, down to the lakes edge and found a guy to take me out on his boat. We negotiated the price, he asked for $80 Soles, I said 60, we settled on 70 ($70 Soles = $20USD), for 2hrs. Done deal and off we went by 8am! I wanted to see birds mainly and of course anything else that was there. I saw a good variety of birds including white storks, eagles, a woodpecker and many others that I don't know the names of (see photos). Apart from the birds I also saw a pair of dolphins, a sloth in a tree, a
Peru Photo - Crocodiles enjoy the watery mud at La Jungla, animal rescue center, Pucallpa.
Crocodiles enjoy the watery mud at La Jungla, animal rescue center, Pucallpa.
large iguana on the sand, a sleeping owl and some monkeys. The man also took me to an animal rescue center on the lakes edge called La Jungla where they have many animals - crocodiles, tapir, monkeys, birds, an anaconda etc. I didn't really like this place, animals in small cages etc. The lake is far better and I enjoyed the birds and animals in the wild.

The Ucayali River is the Heart of Pucallpa

I wanted to see where the center of the city really was. Usually the center of town is based around the Plaza de Armas and cathedral area, but in Pucallpa the real center is down by the Ucayali River! On the river and its banks is where all the action in Pucallpa happens, beside the plaza with the clock tower - Plaza del Reloj! There is a lot to see and enjoy here, to watch how the river is used for transportation, to see boats large and small traveling up and down river, tugboats and barges, passenger ferries and fishing vessels. There
Peru Photo - Fish for sale along the footpath between the river and the plaza in Pucallpa.
Fish for sale along the footpath between the river and the plaza in Pucallpa.
are more bananas arriving on Pucallpa's river banks than you could ever imagine (see photos). Along the river banks are street markets and stalls, soup and rice kitchens, fresh fish for sale, just look for the sea of colored umbrellas!

Around Town

Between Plaza del Reloj and the Plaza de Armas is a peatonal walkway through a shopping area, a few restaurants, a bank and ATM etc. The cathedral and a few stone monuments are located at the Plaza de Armas. There's really not much else to see in the central city apart from these things.

What's to Eat?

What did I eat while in Pucallpa? Chinese food, street kitchen, fried chicken and chips, chicken bread rolls that they sell on the street ($1 Sol each = 30 cents), set lunch menu of soup, a main course plus a drink for $6 Soles ($1.70USD).

Lowlights

On the very last day
Peru Photo - River boat packed with freshly cut bananas, Ucayali River, Pucallpa.
River boat packed with freshly cut bananas, Ucayali River, Pucallpa.
of my stay in Pucallpa I went and had a look at a very old tree they call La Lupuna which wasn't terribly exciting at all, don't bother. Then I went to Parque Natural - the natural park with animals, flora and fauna. Again I didn't really like seeing animals in small cages and the park was kind of shabby, there was a few flowers and bits and pieces to see but to be honest not worth the effort.

Highlights of Pucallpa

So Pucallpa, go to the lake and look for bird and wildlife, check out the action down at the river in town, meet an indigenous community and walk in the jungle via a tour, stay in a jungle ecolodge or take a ferry to Iquitos. Pucallpa is your much cheaper alternative to Iquitos (Iquitos is expensive).

Traveling the Amazon by Road

From Pucallpa I headed again by road back to Tingo Maria from where I travelled the notorious road up to Tarapoto, bandit country.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Pucallpa (Peru) to:


Map location: Pucallpa, Peru. In the middle of Peru, deep towards the eastern side in the Amazon on the banks of the Ucayali River sits the city of Pucallpa. The home of birds & wildlife at Lake Yarinacocha! You can see bananas arriving by the boatload from the Ucayali River and take a ferry to Iquitos!
 A : Tingo Maria - Peru 183 kms 183 kms straight distance | 4hrs 56mins 4hrs 56mins by car (255 kms) | 5hrs 55mins 5hrs 55mins by bus (255 kms) (255 kms)
 B : Huanuco - Peru 252 kms 252 kms straight distance | 8hrs 1min 8hrs 1min by car (389 kms) | 9hrs 37mins 9hrs 37mins by bus (389 kms) (389 kms)
 C : Huancayo - Peru 413 kms 413 kms straight distance | 10hrs 37mins 10hrs 37mins by car (594 kms) | 12hrs 44mins 12hrs 44mins by bus (594 kms) (594 kms)
 D : Huaraz - Peru 343 kms 343 kms straight distance | 14hrs 13mins 14hrs 13mins by car (635 kms) | 17hrs 3mins 17hrs 3mins by bus (635 kms) (635 kms)
 E : Tarapoto & Lamas - Peru 284 kms 284 kms straight distance | 12hrs 11mins 12hrs 11mins by car (697 kms) | 14hrs 37mins 14hrs 37mins by bus (697 kms) (697 kms)
 F : Yungay & Caraz - Peru 355 kms 355 kms straight distance | 14hrs 43mins 14hrs 43mins by car (730 kms) | 17hrs 39mins 17hrs 39mins by bus (730 kms) (730 kms)
 G : Huamachuco to Caraz - Peru 368 kms 368 kms straight distance | 15hrs 24mins 15hrs 24mins by car (794 kms) | 18hrs 28mins 18hrs 28mins by bus (794 kms) (794 kms)
 H : Tarapoto to Yurimaguas - Peru 321 kms 321 kms straight distance | 14hrs 10mins 14hrs 10mins by car (810 kms) | 17hrs 17hrs by bus (810 kms) (810 kms)
 I : Cajabamba - Peru 383 kms 383 kms straight distance | 19hrs 33mins 19hrs 33mins by car (880 kms) | 23hrs 27mins 23hrs 27mins by bus (880 kms) (880 kms)
 J : Huamachuco - Peru 379 kms 379 kms straight distance | 18hrs 26mins 18hrs 26mins by car (952 kms) | 22hrs 7mins 22hrs 7mins by bus (952 kms) (952 kms)
 K : Chachapoyas - Peru 431 kms 431 kms straight distance | 17hrs 55mins 17hrs 55mins by car (1039 kms) | 21hrs 30mins 21hrs 30mins by bus (1039 kms) (1039 kms)
 L : Leymebamba to Celendin - Peru 409 kms 409 kms straight distance | 21hrs 2mins 21hrs 2mins by car (1192 kms) | 25hrs 14mins 25hrs 14mins by bus (1192 kms) (1192 kms)
 M : Pucallpa to Tingo Maria - Peru 91 kms 91 kms straight distance
 N : Tingo Maria to Tarapoto - Peru 253 kms 253 kms straight distance
 O : Yurimaguas to Iquitos - Peru 407 kms 407 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Pucallpa, Peru:

Hospedaje Diana, Pucallpa, Peru - Large Photo
Hospedaje Diana, Pucallpa, Peru (September 2016 - 4 nights) - An awesome room for the price indeed! $40 Soles ($12USD), a great bed, tv, wifi, nice bathroom, a writing desk, bedside table, wooden shelves, ceiling fan, an aircon if you want (may cost more), a window that slides open, nice staff and a great location just 2 blocks from the main plaza. I very much recommend Hospedaje Diana in Pucallpa!

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