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San Ignacio to Chachapoyas, Peru - 7hrs 30mins An All Day Mission, Hectic

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - August 2011   » View Photoset (34 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
The journey from San Ignacio to Chachapoyas takes most of the day, 7hrs and 30mins in total. The first 3hrs to Jaen, another 1hr 30mins to Bagua Grande
Peru Photo - Mountain forms overlook farm and rice fields north of Jaen.
Mountain forms overlook farm and rice fields north of Jaen.
and another 3hrs to reach Chachapoyas. It is a nice trip through low-altitude forest and jungle regions where crop fields are separated by rows of palm trees.

Hit the Road

The road is unpaved on the first leg and runs along-side the river. We passed through little places called San Jose de Lourdes and Chuchuhuasi before getting to Perico where the road improves and becomes sealed. Jaen is still another 55kms away. I start to see some rice fields and locals working in them. Some interesting mountain ranges create the backdrop. We cross the bridge over the river at Tamborapa a short while later and pass through Santa Elena, Shumba, San Agustin, Shanango and La Granja where again there are many beautiful green rice fields.

Change Vans in Jaen

We now arrive at the dusty and shabby bus terminal in Jaen and take a mototaxi 5mins up the road to the other terminal where the mode of transport to Bagua Grande would be by co-op taxi-van, same
Peru Photo - The unsealed road from San Ignacio to Jaen.
The unsealed road from San Ignacio to Jaen.
as the first leg. Within 30mins we come to the intersection at Chamaya where the road splits, one way leads to Chiclayo on the coast, the other inland to Chachapoyas and Tarapoto. From here to Bagua Grande is 49kms, Rioja 284kms, Moyobamba 351kms and Tarapoto 453kms. In the seats in front of me are 2 gorgeous baby girls both fascinated with possibly my face and the camera I was pointing at them. The journey continues beside the river on a good road with beautiful green fields and hills surrounding, we cross the big bridge and are officially in the Amazonas region of Peru. With 20kms until Bagua Grande the road becomes long, straight and hazy, cactus start to appear and there are farms and rice fields.

Change to a Bus in Bagua Grande

In Bagua Grande, I took a mototaxi from where I was dropped off to the bus terminal and bought a ticket to Chachapoyas. I waited an hour at the terminal where I enjoyed some soup at the soup kitchen outside on the street, then we left. Unfortunately the windows of the bus were a little filthy but it's a spectacular ride with some wonderful river and mountain scenery. If you understand Spanish, here is the government website of Jaen and Bagua news.

     

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Map location: San Ignacio to Chachapoyas, Peru. The journey from San Ignacio to Chachapoyas takes most of the day, 7hrs and 30mins in total. The first 3hrs to Jaen, another 1hr 30mins to Bagua Grande and another 3hrs to reach Chachapoyas. It is a nice trip through low-altitude forest and jungle regions!
 A : Chachapoyas - Peru 103 kms 103 kms straight distance | 2hrs 36mins 2hrs 36mins by car (151 kms) | 3hrs 7mins 3hrs 7mins by bus (151 kms) (151 kms)
 B : La Balsa to San Ignacio - Peru 67 kms 67 kms straight distance | 2hrs 51mins 2hrs 51mins by car (152 kms) | 3hrs 25mins 3hrs 25mins by bus (152 kms) (152 kms)
 C : Vilcabamba to Zumba - Ecuador 120 kms 120 kms straight distance | 5hrs 24mins 5hrs 24mins by car (260 kms) | 6hrs 28mins 6hrs 28mins by bus (260 kms) (260 kms)
 D : Leymebamba to Celendin - Peru 152 kms 152 kms straight distance | 5hrs 42mins 5hrs 42mins by car (303 kms) | 6hrs 50mins 6hrs 50mins by bus (303 kms) (303 kms)
 E : Vilcabamba - Ecuador 163 kms 163 kms straight distance | 6hrs 42mins 6hrs 42mins by car (333 kms) | 8hrs 2mins 8hrs 2mins by bus (333 kms) (333 kms)
 F : Cajamarca - Peru 175 kms 175 kms straight distance | 7hrs 56mins 7hrs 56mins by car (336 kms) | 9hrs 31mins 9hrs 31mins by bus (336 kms) (336 kms)
 G : Loja - Ecuador 190 kms 190 kms straight distance | 7hrs 35mins 7hrs 35mins by car (377 kms) | 9hrs 6mins 9hrs 6mins by bus (377 kms) (377 kms)
 H : Ecuador (Macara) to Sullana to Piura - Peru 155 kms 155 kms straight distance | 8hrs 25mins 8hrs 25mins by car (401 kms) | 10hrs 6mins 10hrs 6mins by bus (401 kms) (401 kms)
 I : Tarapoto & Lamas - Peru 262 kms 262 kms straight distance | 6hrs 45mins 6hrs 45mins by car (401 kms) | 8hrs 6mins 8hrs 6mins by bus (401 kms) (401 kms)
 J : Piura to Tumbes - Peru 242 kms 242 kms straight distance | 6hrs 20mins 6hrs 20mins by car (406 kms) | 7hrs 36mins 7hrs 36mins by bus (406 kms) (406 kms)
 K : Zamora - Ecuador 174 kms 174 kms straight distance | 8hrs 41mins 8hrs 41mins by car (426 kms) | 10hrs 25mins 10hrs 25mins by bus (426 kms) (426 kms)
 L : Cajabamba - Peru 233 kms 233 kms straight distance | 10hrs 36mins 10hrs 36mins by car (458 kms) | 12hrs 43mins 12hrs 43mins by bus (458 kms) (458 kms)
 M : Huanchaco / Trujillo - Peru 286 kms 286 kms straight distance | 8hrs 39mins 8hrs 39mins by car (524 kms) | 10hrs 22mins 10hrs 22mins by bus (524 kms) (524 kms)
 N : Tarapoto to Yurimaguas - Peru 271 kms 271 kms straight distance | 9hrs 3mins 9hrs 3mins by car (529 kms) | 10hrs 51mins 10hrs 51mins by bus (529 kms) (529 kms)
 O : Huamachuco - Peru 255 kms 255 kms straight distance | 12hrs 20mins 12hrs 20mins by car (709 kms) | 14hrs 48mins 14hrs 48mins by bus (709 kms) (709 kms)
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.


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