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Tarapoto to Yurimaguas, Peru - Going To Yurimaguas For A Ferry To Iquitos

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - October 2016   » View Photoset (33 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
The last stretch of road in north / east peru that connects to the rest of the country runs to Yurimaguas from Tarapoto. From Yurimaguas it's all down river
Peru Photo - Fashion shop with lots of mannequins prostituting themselves outside in Yurimaguas.
Fashion shop with lots of mannequins prostituting themselves outside in Yurimaguas.
baby! This ride from Tarapoto to Yurimaguas takes 2hrs on a winding paved road and goes through a heavily forested area (the Cordillera Escalera), make sure you eat well like I didn't.

Bandit Country

One word of warning is that I saw armed men once or twice in this area acting as security against, I imagine - bandits. Afterall the road up to Tarapoto from Tingo Maria has the same problem, but much worse!

Pongo de Caynarachi

After we had driven through this forest we hit the small town of Pongo de Caynarachi. Like I mentioned I hadn't eaten so well before leaving Tarapoto that morning and wasn't feeling that great by the time we arrived here - so I got out and hung out in Pongo for some food and to let my tummy settle. I picked up the journey in another car for the last 69kms to Yurimaguas from here.
Peru Photo - Man and woman paddling their canoe, mural in Yurimaguas, children run past.
Man and woman paddling their canoe, mural in Yurimaguas, children run past.

Cars Not Buses

The trip is done in cars by companies with an experienced driver, there are no buses. These cars go back and forth all day long, when the car has 4 people, they leave.

Things To Do Along The Way

Just out of Tarapoto as you enter into the Cordillera Escalera, there is a place called Alto Ahuashiyacu where you can see monkeys, tucans, flora and fauna. Nearby there is a theme park called Parque Tematico Chullachaqui which also has animals as well as models of large dangerous beasts. There is also a lookout point - Mirador Alto Ahuashiyacu for views and photos plus waterfalls - Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu. About half an hour on from Ahuashiyacu is another
Peru Photo - A sloth is a womans best friend in Yurimaguas, beautiful mural with superb colors.
A sloth is a womans best friend in Yurimaguas, beautiful mural with superb colors.
waterfall called Cascada Pishurayacu and some thermal waters (Aguas Termales).

It's the End of the Road Baby!

After a slightly longer journey than I had planned because of my food stop I arrived in Yurimaguas. I noticed in the corner of the 'Welcome to Yurimaguas' sign, some distances to other places: Iquitos 668kms, Manaus (Brazil) 2550kms and the Atlantic Ocean (coast of Brazil) 4050kms. And of course the only way to get to any of these places from here is by river. It's the end of the road baby!

Finding a Boat

After arriving in Yurimaguas and finding a cheap place to crash the night, I headed down to the port to look for a boat going soon to Iquitos. I found one instantly, a large cargo and passenger ferry due to leave the next day. I went to see the captain and payed $150 Soles ($45USD) for a cabin. Done deal!

While in Yurimaguas

I had a look around Yurimaguas, found a few murals and saw the historical buildings and church around the plaza. I ate Chinese food and relaxed until the next day in waiting for the grand exit down river to Iquitos!

     

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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Tarapoto to Yurimaguas (Peru) to:


Map location: Tarapoto to Yurimaguas, Peru. Going to Yurimaguas for a ferry to Iquitos! The last stretch of road in north/east Peru that connects to the rest of the country runs to Yurimaguas from Tarapoto. From Yurimaguas it's all down river baby!
 A : Tarapoto & Lamas - Peru 72 kms 72 kms straight distance | 2hrs 24mins 2hrs 24mins by car (134 kms) | 2hrs 52mins 2hrs 52mins by bus (134 kms) (134 kms)
 B : Chachapoyas - Peru 196 kms 196 kms straight distance | 8hrs 9mins 8hrs 9mins by car (476 kms) | 9hrs 46mins 9hrs 46mins by bus (476 kms) (476 kms)
 C : San Ignacio to Chachapoyas - Peru 271 kms 271 kms straight distance | 8hrs 56mins 8hrs 56mins by car (529 kms) | 10hrs 43mins 10hrs 43mins by bus (529 kms) (529 kms)
 D : Leymebamba to Celendin - Peru 232 kms 232 kms straight distance | 11hrs 16mins 11hrs 16mins by car (629 kms) | 13hrs 31mins 13hrs 31mins by bus (629 kms) (629 kms)
 E : La Balsa to San Ignacio - Peru 327 kms 327 kms straight distance | 11hrs 11mins 11hrs 11mins by car (641 kms) | 13hrs 25mins 13hrs 25mins by bus (641 kms) (641 kms)
 F : Vilcabamba to Zumba - Ecuador 358 kms 358 kms straight distance | 13hrs 44mins 13hrs 44mins by car (748 kms) | 16hrs 28mins 16hrs 28mins by bus (748 kms) (748 kms)
 G : Cajamarca - Peru 298 kms 298 kms straight distance | 15hrs 4mins 15hrs 4mins by car (785 kms) | 18hrs 4mins 18hrs 4mins by bus (785 kms) (785 kms)
 H : Pucallpa - Peru 321 kms 321 kms straight distance | 14hrs 15mins 14hrs 15mins by car (810 kms) | 17hrs 6mins 17hrs 6mins by bus (810 kms) (810 kms)
 I : Cajabamba - Peru 284 kms 284 kms straight distance | 16hrs 40mins 16hrs 40mins by car (865 kms) | 20hrs 20hrs by bus (865 kms) (865 kms)
 J : Huamachuco to Caraz - Peru 332 kms 332 kms straight distance | 17hrs 10mins 17hrs 10mins by car (882 kms) | 20hrs 36mins 20hrs 36mins by bus (882 kms) (882 kms)
 K : Zamora - Ecuador 371 kms 371 kms straight distance | 17hrs 17hrs by car (915 kms) | 20hrs 24mins 20hrs 24mins by bus (915 kms) (915 kms)
 L : Huamachuco - Peru 300 kms 300 kms straight distance | 18hrs 25mins 18hrs 25mins by car (917 kms) | 22hrs 6mins 22hrs 6mins by bus (917 kms) (917 kms)
 M : Yurimaguas to Iquitos - Peru 197 kms 197 kms straight distance
 N : Tingo Maria to Tarapoto - Peru 255 kms 255 kms straight distance
 O : Pucallpa to Tingo Maria - Peru 337 kms 337 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 Tarapoto to Yurimaguas, Peru:

Hospedaje Nuevo Amanecer, Yurimaguas, Peru - Large Photo
Hospedaje Nuevo Amanecer, Yurimaguas, Peru (October 2016 - 1 night) - $35 Soles ($10USD) for a simple but large room, good wifi, a tv, solid bed and clean bathroom. The fan is fantastic, full power and lots of breeze! Located a few blocks from the main plaza. No problems here. Recommended for budget backpackers.

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