Pucallpa, or "the red land", according to
the shipibo language because of the sun's reflections on the humid
land, is the capital of the Ucayali department and one of the most
progressive cities of the Peruvian Amazon. It is dedicated to the
lumber industry and agriculture. The first inhabitants of the region
were the Panos, who settled the entire length of the Ucayali River
and its tributaries.
The Yarinacocha Lagoon is located only 7 km (4.3 mi) from Pucallpa,
15 minutes by car. It is famous for its transparent waters and its
impressive tropical vegetation. It is considered an ideal place
for recreation, rest and relaxation. It possesses two tourist accommodations-El
Pandisho and La Cabaña- located at the edge of the waters
and suitable for participating in water sports like waterskiing,
swimming, rowing, and sport fishing.
On the outskirts of the lagoon one can observe the manmade jungle
with its own vegetation, but also with rivers and lagoons that duplicate
their verdure along the shores. This ecological beauty is also surrounded
by various ethnic groups, descendents of the legendary Pano, and
the native communities of San Francisco, Nuevo Destinoa and Santa
Clara, the people are hospitable and from their scenic homes, they
offer all kinds of crafts characterized by geometric figures.
Another attraction of the region is the Chullachaqui Botanical
Garden, a picturesque area where it is possible to observe a large
quantity of natural plants that are used for traditional and alternative
The average annual temperature is about 25°Celsius (77°
Fahrenheit), with a rainy season that goes from November to March.
The clarity of the water and the tropical vegetation that encircles
the Lagoon impresses visitors from all over, who should also visit
the Native Community of San Francisco, populated by the Shipibo-Conibo
ethnic people. It is a 45-minute trip from the Yarinacocha Port
by peke peke (motorized canoe), the area's native vessel. This traditional
community has classic jungle homes made of cane and palm leaves.
The Shipibo people welcome visitors in their typical clothing, decorated
with single pieces of fabric painted with linear and geometric designs.
There you are able to buy local crafts like earrings, chokers and
necklaces, clay bowls, arrows and fabrics, stuffed animal corpses,
and other unique souvenirs.
One can also visit the Imiria and Chauya Lakes, a 2-day boat ride
from Pucallpa, ideal for adventure tourism. Moreover, the scenic
Chullachaqui Botanical Garden, offers a large variety of natural
plants for medicinal or folkloric purposes. Walking at night, around
the Cashibococha Lagoon, you can see alligators in the Lacre Canal.
There is also the Shipibo community of Nuevo Destino, which preserves
the "trueque" (barter), as its method for acquiring crafts,
and the Atalaya province, where the Tambo and Urubamba Rivers flow
together to form the Ucayali. Lastly, one can visit the towns of
Aguaytía (with its beautiful hanging bridge, 850 meters/2788
ft long), Manantay (where the lumber industry is located), and Masisea
(suitable for participating in safaris and adventure tourism).
Central jungle-eastern Perú.
When to go
Between April and October.
Ethnic and ecological.
How to get there
By bus and car.
In the territory.