San Martin

(350 meters) above sea level

 

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Waterfalls beyond imagination

How to get there San Martin

It has waterfalls, orchids and butterflies, and is characterized by florid landscapes and a tropical environment. The Río Abiseo (declared a UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage site) and Cordillera Azul National Parks are sanctuaries for endangered species. Its lakes, like Lake Lindo and Lake Azul, have crystal-clear water, and there are towns and cities surrounded by vegetation, such as Lamas, Rioja, Moyobamba and Tarapoto.

Its archaeological sites are not well known, for example the citadel of Gran Pajatén.

  • Location: North-east jungle of Peru, with varied geography including fertile valleys, hilly terrains, Andean plains and a small, low jungle area.
  • Size: 51,253 km2 (19,789 sq.miles).

Routes & length of stay

3 Days

(minimum
recommended
length of stay)

  • 1/2 day: Cultural – Lamas (El Huayco quarter).
  • 1 day: Waterfalls – Ahuashiyacu and Carpishoyacu falls.
  • 2 days: Scenic – Paucar Yacu hot springs, Lake Azul and Lake Lindo.
  • 2 days: Nature – Moyabamba orchids and Tingada-Avisado Forest.

Recommended for San martin

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  • Archeology and popular tradition lovers, who will be thrilled by the visit to the Polish Petroglyphs, the town of Lamas and just by walking through the streets of Tarapoto.
  • Nature lovers and plant and animal watchers, who must hike around the areas of Laguna Azul and Lago Lindo as well as the Tingada-Avisado Forest.
  • Trekkers, who will be challenged by the thunderous waterfalls of Aguashiyacu and Tunun Tunumba, the Tingada – Avisado Forest and the Morrode Calzada.
  • Rafters and kayakers, who can bask in the natural surroundings of Laguna Azul and Lago Lindo.

What to buy?

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If you want to purchase high quality straw hats and baskets, then go to the village of Rioja, whose artisans are experts weavers. There is also the fine pottery and unique wood carvings in the towns of Chazuta and Lamas, and in the latter, you can also pick up lovely clothing.

What to eat?

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When it is about food in the department of San Martin, then it is about the typical jungle cuisine of Peru. Dishes like tacacho con cecina (mashed bananas, mixed with lard and dried beef, then baked) and ninajuane (mashed bananas, mixed with chicken, eggs and spices, then baked in banana leaves) are wonderful examples, not to mention the excellent tasting Burgundy wines made in the district of San Antonio de Cumbaza (the only San Martin village with vineyards) and another spirit called uvachado, San Martin’s liqueur of choice, made from wild grapes macerated in brandy.

Typical dishes San Martin

  • Juanes: It is the most renowned dish in the Peruvian jungle, which is very popular on the feast of San Juan. With the passing of time is eaten at any time. The classic juane is usually made from rice with spices, chicken or beef, olives, hard boiled egg or; everything should be wrapped in a sheet bijao (softens in advance in water) and must be put to cook for half an hour. There are many ways juane; some ingredients are changed instead of rice used chonta, cassava and other products. One of the most popular variations is the ninajuane, prepared from beaten eggs with chicken meat and wrapped in banana leaf.
  • Tacacho with cured meat or sausage : It is a typical dish of the department of San Martin and Madre de Dios. Tacacho with cured meat or sausage, a dough-based fried crushed banana mixed with lard and served with chorizo and cecina (dried pork or pork) is prepared. It not recommended for people intolerant to cholesterol. You can accompany it with chicha, chicha and Masato.
  • Patarashca: The Patarashca is one of the dishes that are descended from the ancient inhabitants of the jungle. The dish is a fish wrapped in banana leaf or plant bijao ; Carries spices , onions , cilantro Sacha , green peppers , crushed garlic and other species ( according to taste) . Prepares baked , grilled or broiled . : Also Serve with boiled cassava or with roasted bananas .
San Martin Attractions in the City
Renacal del Avisado Aguajales (Swamps) (Moyobamba)

Renacal del Avisado Aguajales (Swamps) (Moyobamba)

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 20 km from Moyobamba to the Boca de Huascayacu (Mayo river port) on paved road (40 minutes by car). Afterwards on motorboat to Tingara (Avisado river) (1 hour). A wet and globally unique ecosystem due...

Las Puntas or Natural Scenic Viewpoints

Las Puntas or Natural Scenic Viewpoints

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: On the outskirts of Moyabamba city. Name for the San Juan, Tahuishco, Fachín and Doñe viewpoints. The most beautiful sunsets can be witnessed from the striking slopes. A: Natural Scenic Viewpoints (San Martin)  

Garden Centres

Garden Centres

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: Jr. Reyes Guerra 900. Ideal for seeing many types of orchid, fern, bromeliad and a large variety of other plants. A: Tarapoto – San Martin – Peru

San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: Jr. Arequipa block 1. A centre for the study and conservation of native flora and exotic plants. A: Moyonbamba (San Martin) B: San Francisco Botanical Garden

Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas

Visiting Hours: All day and night. Location: City centre. The main attraction is a fountain with three waterfalls decorated with statues representing the beautiful women of the jungle. A: Tarapoto Main Square (San martin)

San Martin Attractions Beyond the City
Cerros de Amotape (Amotape Hills) National Park (Contralmirante Villar)

Cerros de Amotape (Amotape Hills) National Park (Contralmirante Villar)

Visiting Hours : Assistance in park Mon – Sun . Office hours Mon – Fri 9.00 am – 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm. Appropriate permit required. Location : 36 km from Tumbes (1 hour 20 minutes by car). ...

Renacal del Avisado Aguajales (Swamps) -Moyobamba

Renacal del Avisado Aguajales (Swamps) -Moyobamba

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 20 km from Moyobamba to the Boca de Huascayacu (Mayo river port) on paved road (40 minutes by car). Afterwards on motorboat to Tingara (Avisado river) (1 hour). A wet and globally unique ecosystem due to its...

La huarpía Waterfalls (Moyobamba)

La huarpía Waterfalls (Moyobamba)

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 25 km south of Moyobamba (30 minutes by car) to Ahuarpía hamlet, followed by a 1 km walk (20 minutes). Located in the hills of Ahuarpía, its waters come from the Plantanayacu ravine. The waterfall...

Paccha Waterfalls (Moyobamba)

Paccha Waterfalls (Moyobamba)

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 30 km from Moyobamba (1 hour 45 minutes by car and a further 15 minute walk). Surrounded by leafy vegetation, its waters come from the Paccha ravine. There are three, 30-metre high waterfalls that form...

Morro de Calzada (Moyobamba)

Morro de Calzada (Moyobamba)

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 13 km north of Moyobamba (15 minutes by car to La Calzada district, 20 minutes to the foot of Morro hill and 1 hour to the top). Located deep within the high jungle (600 masl)....

San Mateo Hot Springs (Moyobamba)

San Mateo Hot Springs (Moyobamba)

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 4 km from Moyobamba (5 minutes by car). Known for their medicinal properties, it is said that the waters are ideal for treating arthritis, rheumatism, muscular pains and stress. The temperature varies between 32°C and...

San Martin Festivals
Enduro Rally Sachadacar “The challenge of Sacharuna”

Enduro Rally Sachadacar “The challenge of Sacharuna”

San Martin Celebration date:  April-04 If you like adventure tourism, ready to live one moment full of adrenaline jungle Rioja. The Sachadacar, the most difficult of Peru,Enduro  Rally invites all travelers to the car fans to attend this event....

Orchid Festival -San Martin

Orchid Festival -San Martin

Celebration date: Octuber – 30 In an effort to contribute to the development of tourism in Moyobamba, exposure to a variety of orchids is performed. Orchid Festival Therefore approximately nine associations that are responsible for the cultivation of this plant...

Anniversary of the San Martin

Anniversary of the San Martin

Begins: september  – 04 Ends: september – 04 Commemorating the 109th anniversary of the political creation of the department of  Anniversary San Martin, this peaceful city opens its doors to visitors can enjoy a number of activities such as...

Virgin of the Nativity  Virgen de la Natividad-Lamas

Virgin of the Nativity Virgen de la Natividad-Lamas

Begins: 08-September-2015  Ends: 08-September-2015 Patron Saint festival that brings together large numbers of worshippers from all over the country and abroad, due to the miracles attributed to the Virgin of the Nativity.

Saint John Festival  Fiesta de San Juan- Moyobamba

Saint John Festival Fiesta de San Juan- Moyobamba

Begins: June -22 Ends: June -30 The most important festival in the Amazon region. It symbolises the renewal of faith in the figure of Saint John the Baptist and the power of water, a vital element throughout the Amazon region. During...

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