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Tingo Maria, Peru - The National Park Is 15mins From Town

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - September 2016   » View Photoset (80 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!

Door to the Amazon

On the surface Tingo Maria looks and feels just like another small busy and crazy Peruvian town with a million mototaxis buzzing up and down the streets, but
Peru Photo - Houses and hills around Tingo Maria.
Houses and hills around Tingo Maria.
after discovering the area around the city and getting a better sense of its location as a major junction between various other cities, you may find Tingo Maria to be quite a special place. Tingo Maria really is the door to the Amazon, the gateway, and for several reasons. I descended down the mountains to Tingo by road from Huanuco (2hrs 30mins by car). From the edge of the Andes down to the Amazon Basin, from a warm climate with cool nights to hot, humid, sweaty and sticky!

Tour of the National Park

In the afternoon on the day I arrived I found a tour office for a tour on the next day. A good deal for $50 Soles ($15USD), a 6hr+ tour. The day included a trip to the Tingo Maria National Park (Parque Nacional Tingo Maria) where there's flora, fauna, birds, bats, butterflies, insects, the cave of the owls (Cueva de las Lechuzas) and arts and crafts made from feathers, beads and wood.

Santa Carmen Waterfall

Then we went to Santa Carmen waterfall (Catarata Santa Carmen) where
Peru Photo - Map of Tingo Maria National Park and the area around it, rivers, waterfalls and caves.
Map of Tingo Maria National Park and the area around it, rivers, waterfalls and caves.
after walking through the bush on a path you can swim in natural pools and eat fish barbecued by the locals, it is beautiful here.

Cave of the Pavas

Later we visited Spa 'Cave of the Pavas' (Balneario Cueva de las Pavas) where people bathe and play in a rocky river. Finally we drove up to the mirador lookout point on the hill for views of Tingo Maria and the dense green surroundings. It was a fantastic day with a good guide / driver, good places and not too much driving, the national park is only 15mins from town!

More Waterfalls

There are many more waterfalls and caves around Tingo Maria, waterfalls - San Miguel, Gloria Pata, Sol Naciente, 15 Anera, Velo de la Novia,
Peru Photo - Bridge across the river as seen from Tingo Maria National Park.
Bridge across the river as seen from Tingo Maria National Park.
Ducha del Diablo and caves - las Pavas, las Virgenes, las Lechuzas, la Piramide and Dios Eros. A little way north of Tingo is a lagoon called Laguna de los Milagros - a nice place to relax, look for birds and make photos etc.

In Town

The nicest part of the city center is definitely the long malecon walkway along Av. Alameda Peru - the Plaza de Armas is in the middle of this. This street has many stalls selling all kinds of stuff from clothing to haircuts to food. I bought grapes from the fruit stall, they were washed so I could eat them NOW! Around this nice public area is the cathedral, a few monuments and some colorful exotic flowers. I didn't know it at the time but Tingo Maria would actually be the cheapest place I would visit while in the Peruvian Amazon, everything - hotels, food, tours, mototaxis, you name it!

Amazon Road Traveling

From Tingo Maria I again travelled by shared car, to Pucallpa, 4hrs 20mins drive time, plus we stopped twice at road works 35mins each. The road does have a few problems but they are working on it all the time. More than anything though, it's an amazing tour by road through the jungle! I came back to Tingo Maria after Pucallpa to take the notorious road north to Tarapoto.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Tingo Maria (Peru) to:


Map location: Tingo Maria, Peru. Tingo Maria is the door to the Amazon with many waterfalls & caves! I had a great tour to the local National Park. Make the most of Tingo Maria, it's better than what it appears and cheaper than Iquitos by a country mile!
 A : Huanuco - Peru 74 kms 74 kms straight distance | 3hrs 38mins 3hrs 38mins by car (150 kms) | 4hrs 21mins 4hrs 21mins by bus (150 kms) (150 kms)
 B : Pucallpa - Peru 183 kms 183 kms straight distance | 5hrs 5hrs by car (255 kms) | 6hrs 6hrs by bus (255 kms) (255 kms)
 C : Huaraz - Peru 168 kms 168 kms straight distance | 9hrs 50mins 9hrs 50mins by car (396 kms) | 11hrs 48mins 11hrs 48mins by bus (396 kms) (396 kms)
 D : Yungay & Caraz - Peru 196 kms 196 kms straight distance | 11hrs 2mins 11hrs 2mins by car (458 kms) | 13hrs 14mins 13hrs 14mins by bus (458 kms) (458 kms)
 E : Huancayo - Peru 317 kms 317 kms straight distance | 8hrs 42mins 8hrs 42mins by car (477 kms) | 10hrs 26mins 10hrs 26mins by bus (477 kms) (477 kms)
 F : Tarapoto & Lamas - Peru 314 kms 314 kms straight distance | 8hrs 35mins 8hrs 35mins by car (490 kms) | 10hrs 18mins 10hrs 18mins by bus (490 kms) (490 kms)
 G : Lima - Peru 326 kms 326 kms straight distance | 10hrs 16mins 10hrs 16mins by car (502 kms) | 12hrs 19mins 12hrs 19mins by bus (502 kms) (502 kms)
 H : Huamachuco to Caraz - Peru 245 kms 245 kms straight distance | 11hrs 49mins 11hrs 49mins by car (587 kms) | 14hrs 10mins 14hrs 10mins by bus (587 kms) (587 kms)
 I : Chimbote - Peru 284 kms 284 kms straight distance | 11hrs 35mins 11hrs 35mins by car (593 kms) | 13hrs 54mins 13hrs 54mins by bus (593 kms) (593 kms)
 J : Huanchaco / Trujillo - Peru 356 kms 356 kms straight distance | 12hrs 40mins 12hrs 40mins by car (651 kms) | 15hrs 12mins 15hrs 12mins by bus (651 kms) (651 kms)
 K : Cajabamba - Peru 289 kms 289 kms straight distance | 15hrs 57mins 15hrs 57mins by car (672 kms) | 19hrs 8mins 19hrs 8mins by bus (672 kms) (672 kms)
 L : Huamachuco - Peru 276 kms 276 kms straight distance | 14hrs 51mins 14hrs 51mins by car (745 kms) | 17hrs 49mins 17hrs 49mins by bus (745 kms) (745 kms)
 M : Leymebamba to Celendin - Peru 350 kms 350 kms straight distance | 17hrs 26mins 17hrs 26mins by car (985 kms) | 20hrs 55mins 20hrs 55mins by bus (985 kms) (985 kms)
 N : Pucallpa to Tingo Maria - Peru 92 kms 92 kms straight distance
 O : Tingo Maria to Tarapoto - Peru 170 kms 170 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 Tingo Maria, Peru:

Palacio Hotel, Tingo Maria, Peru - Large Photo
Palacio Hotel, Tingo Maria, Peru (September 2016 - 1 night) - Rooms on several levels surrounding a large outside courtyard, so everyone has outside access. Simple room, ok for a night or 2. The wifi didn't reach to my room though. $30 Soles ($9USD) for a room with bathroom and they also have rooms without a bathroom for $15 Soles ($5USD). Take it or leave it.
Hotel Leon, Tingo Maria, Peru - Large Photo
Hotel Leon, Tingo Maria, Peru (September 2016 - 2 nights) - Simple place on the main street. I took a single bed room for $30 Soles ($9USD). It had bathroom, tv and wifi and the bed was comfortable enough. The staff were friendly and I had no problems for a couple of nights here. There are places to eat out on the street and also the cars that head to other places also leave from outside. Take it or leave it.

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