Peru travel blog by Mark Berman -
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The road between Pucallpa and Tingo Maria takes you for a 248km ride through the Amazon jungle. I enjoyed this journey in both directions, along the way
getting to see slices of life and glimpses into how the people live in the Amazon. The road is mostly in good condition but there are problems in a couple of places and
may require waiting for roadworks around the Aguaytia River.
4hrs 20mins by Car
Each way it took 4hrs 20mins driving time plus 2 stops at roadworks of around half an hour each.
So in reality it was 5hrs 20mins on these occasions, it just depends on the condition of the road! On both these rides I had the front passenger seat in a shared co-op car, when the cars have 4 passengers they leave, the drivers work for companies
and know the road well.
The Amazon by Road
It's a terrain of dense forest and jungle, coconut palms, grassy clearings, small towns and communities, mountain ranges and gorges,
rocky boulder rivers, roadside waterfalls, iron bridges, man-made tunnels, country soccer pitches, houses with thatched roofs, wooden houses with iron roofs,
houses built on stilts, interesting plants and flowers and a cloud forest (on an overcast day). Roadside and riverside Amazon life are 2 completely different
things but I imagine just like the rivers where some people live deeper in the jungle than the river's edge, some people live deeper in the jungle than the road's
Waterfalls Near Aguaytia
Near Aguaytia, a main town along the route, in a place called Boqueron del Padre Abad there are a couple of notable waterfalls called El Velo de la Novia
(the biggest at 40 meters) and La Ducha del Diablo. They say there are more than 100 waterfalls in this narrow corridor of high rock walls. Ducha del Diablo
can be seen beside the road up-close as you drive past. Enjoy the journey! Pucallpa's
distance to other cities: Tingo Maria