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


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

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for over 11yrs!
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 - A ferry and other boats docked at the port in Yurimaguas.
A ferry and other boats docked at the port 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 - Wooden house and property south of Yurimaguas, country living.
Wooden house and property south of Yurimaguas, country living.

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 - Heading north out of Tarapoto, 2hrs drive to Yurimaguas on a cloudy morning.
Heading north out of Tarapoto, 2hrs drive to Yurimaguas on a cloudy morning.
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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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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