Rioja is the capital of the province of the same name, located in the San Martín region, west of Moyobamba. The region was previously occupied by the Uquihuas and the Chepen cultures, which were evangelized by the catholic missionaries which arrived at the region at the end of the XVIth century.
Rioja is part of the Alto Mayo Valley, a region known for its ecotourism attractions and places to take part in adventure sports, such as waterfalls, caves, and beautiful vistas, which have made the city be named as one of the 7 Wonders of Perú.
Best time to visit Rioja
Rioja is an attractive destination all year long. However, we recommend that you visit the city on time for the Rioja Carnival, which is celebrated during the holy week.
Climate in Rioja
The climate of Rioja is subtropical and mildly wet. The annual average temperature is 72.5 °F, with a minimum temperature of 61.7 °F and a maximum of 83.12 °F.
Location: Jirón Iquitos Hours: Unknown Rated as one of the best restaurants in Rioja. It specializes in typical food of the region.
Location: Jirón Iquitos 51 Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Small restaurant that has an excellent seasoning and a variety of dishes to choose from.
The tourist places to see in Rioja are:
Cave of the Candles
Location: 9.3 miles away from Rioja Hours: All day long Precio: Unknown Cave located within the Cuchachi ravine. It is named after the large amount candle shaped stalactites inside.
San Juan De Urifico Natural Bathing Pool
Location: Nueva Rioja, at the shores of the Uquihua river Hours: Unknown Precio: Unknown The San Juan de Urifico natural pool is the perfect place to celebrate the traditional feasts of St. John and the anniversary of Rioja.
Playas Del Río Tónchima
Location: Río Tónchima Hours: All day long Precio: Free Entrance The Tónchima is one of the biggest rivers in the Rioja Province. Beaches are formed during summer, which make up for several must see touristic spots. The Eva beach is one of the most famous.
Location: 7.4 miles south of Rioja Hours: Unknown Precio: Unknown Named the Pearl of Cascayunga due to the glow of the stalactites within. It is located 7.4 miles south. It is surrounded by vegetation, and a small river flows within the cave.
The things to do in Rioja
Location: Shores of the Uquihua river Hours: Unknown Precio: Unknown Small sports complex, run by the famous Don Goyo where you will be able to practice sports of all types, and also enjoy a great lunch.
How to reach Rioja
Rioja by train
Currently there is no passenger train service operating through Rioja.
Rioja by flight
Rioja is served by the Juan Simons Vela Airport, which mostly operates domestic flights to northern peruvian cities.
Rioja by bus
Rioja is located near the Fernando Belaunde Terry highway, which connects several cities in the Peruvian Rainforest area, mainly within the Department of San Martín. Because of this, it is easy to travel from Rioja to neighboring cities. The trip to Tarapoto takes 1 hour and 45 minutes, while it takes about 10 hours to reach Cajamarca. From those two cities, you will easily find connections to the rest of the cities of the country.
Accomodations in Rioja
Alojamiento Selva Del Sol II
Location: Jr.Faustino Maldonado 581 Price: Starting at 39 Soles Hotel that offers rooms with private bathrooms, parking and free wi-fi for its hosts. Reception is open 24 hours a day.
Rioja Plaza Hotel
Location: Jr. Almirante Grau N°550 Price: Starting at 65 Soles The Rioja Plaza Hotel offers comfy rooms equipped with TV and private bathroom. The hotel also has a restaurant of its own and the reception opens 24 hours a day.
Important dates in Rioja
Carnival of Rioja
The carnival of rioja is one of the most important regional folklore feasts, and is celebrated the tuesday of the holy week, before the ash wednesday, and allows all town to freely express in all sorts of parties before the main religious activities of the holy week. During the week, the Ño Carnavalón, a personification of everything the carnival represents, is paraded through the city.