In the pre-Columbian period the province of Leoncio Prado was inhabited by indigenous tribes as the Tulumayos and Cholones in the riverbank of the Magdalena river; those tribes penetrated into the jungle, since the Inca Empire was moving forward and nowadays there is a paved road at the area of Leoncio Prado with Pachitea.In the colonial period the high jungle region (Rupa Rupa) was controlled by several Spanish authorities. One of the founders of the nearby towns was Salazar, of the Orden de Jesus, while he was executing his religious roles.In 1938 the population is told that the land where they live were expropriated in their favor and from this momento they could live freely. The word Tingo comes from the quechua Word Tincco, which means meeting in reference to the rivers Huallaga and Monzon, and Maria was a settler who helped the travelers who wanted to cross the river, providing them food and lodging.
Travel tips for Tingo Maria
-In the nearby towns to the river can occur moderate floods which go from little drizzles to real risks; similar is the probability of rocks sliding in the urban áreas closest to the nature.-It’s highly recomended to have cotton and pale clothes to maintain you cold, also sunscreen and a mosquito repellent will be useful.To get around in Tingo Maria the most used mean of transportation is the mototaxi, taxi and combi (small buses), while for distant trajects of the urban area, drivers in motorbikes transport the traveler to his destination.The most frequent mean of transportation in the city is the mototaxi, which have a price between s/ 0.50 to s/ 2 depending on the distance of the route; the mototaxi is not made for long trips. The prices for the taxis go from s/ 3 to s/ 5 for not so long routes, but to get to other towns the rate will increase. The combis are used for longer trajects as one city to another as Tingo Maria to Huanuco for example, whose prices change depending on the bus depots of this mean of transportation.To be cautious is always wise everywhere you go to, since you can spare yourself worries and problems. The urban area of Tingo Maria doesn’t present bigger problems than assaults and thefts, reason why we recommend to keep them out of the public view, beeing watchful to your luggage and mistrust anybody who comes to help you.You should be more attentive in forest and natural areas –even more if you if it’s the evening time-, since its difficult access and high chance to get lost can be used by thefts and it can even occur armed kidnappings. You should be careful before untrue tours or non legal tours.
Tingo Maria weather
Best time to visit Tingo Maria
The best time to visit Tingo Maria can be in June, for the Fiesta de San Juan or in October, for the anniversary of the city, when you can participate of the events and activities that are celebrated.
Climate in Tingo Maria
-The climate of Tingo Maria is tropical and presents an average temperatura of 75,2 °F (24 °C); the humidity level that you can feel in the air is 77%.-The level of precipitations is quite high throughout the year, the driest period goes from June to September, but even in that period you should take an umbrella, a raincoat or something to protect you of the rains.
Things to do in Tingo Maria
Nightlife in Tingo Maria
Nightclub La Kabana
Location: Av. Alameda Peru Cdra 6 Hours: no available information Prices: no available information When you look for a little of night fun, Discoteca La Kabana is a must-see destination that offers a great variety when you taste the typical drinks of the area; you can also see live shows with Peruvian artists that cheer up the party, and there are also themed parties.
Location: Alameda Peru 612, Tingo Maria Hours: no available information Prices: no available information You can appreciate decorations with typical shapes that enliven the atmosphere; you can taste the great cocktails menu proposed and more than 20 drinks with appealing names and prepared with natural ingredients.
Location: Av. Pucallpa 484, Tingo Maria Hours: no available information Prices: no available information Listen to the fashion music, enjoy with your friends the jungle environment and taste the typical and varied drinks while artists cheer up the place, you will have an unforgettable moment.
Where to eat in Tingo Maria?
Location: Av. Raimondi 435 Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 11:50 p.m. Price: s/ 8 to s/ 70 Taste the varied grills and roasted meats that El Carbon has to propose you, you will taste dishes from the area and other Peruvian dishes, so it’s quite assorted. You will be welcomed and happy with the service upon arrival and you will choose where you enjoy your meal with view over the river.
El Encanto de la Selva
Location: Av. Alameda Peru 280 Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Price: dishes from s/ 13 At this restaurant you will feel the typical environment of the jungle while you enjoy dishes as asado de picuro, a small mammal similar to lowland paca, the delicious juanes de gallina, a tacacho con cecina that is one of the main dishes or a paiche con patacones, and besides that you will see live music shows while you enjoy your food.
D’Tinto y Madero
Location: Av. Alameda Peru 391 Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Price: no available information You can taste all kind of typical dishes and international food, taste a variety of meats and you will be satisfied since the dishes are big; may be you have to wait a little bit, but it worths it to taste the seasoning of the place.
The tourist places to see in Tingo Maria are:
Plaza de Armas y La Alameda Perú
Location: Downtown of Tingo Maria Hours: all day Price: free entrance At this square you can do a trekking or sit down and relax while you are surrounded by gardens with colorful flowers and trees of the area. There is a fast pass to diverse shops nearby, a small park for children and an interesting view of the surrounding area; you can admire also the hills covered by the green blanket of nature.
Iglesia Santa Teresa del Niño Jesús
Location: Plaza Central Hours: non available information Price: non available information It’s a temple raised in honor of the patron saint of the city, thanks to the collaboration of Canadian Franciscans; Its construction took almost 20 years to be finished and has an adjacent convent, besides a private school.
Bothanic Garden Tingo Maria
Location: Crossing point of Calle 28 de Julio with Pimentel Hours: non available information Price: non available information It’s located in an area of 5 hectares, in charge of the management of Universidad Nacional Agraria de la Selva (UNAS). At the bothanic garden you can contemplate more than 7500 species of tropical, forestry, ornamental and wild flora. There are also monkeys, parrots and other birds from the jungle.
Location: Av. Universitaria Km. 1.5 Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Price: no available information It’s also part of the UNAS, a territory where the visitor can admire all kind of species from the area, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fishes and arthropods. The butterflies stand out with their appealing and brilliant colors, which capture the view of all the visitors.
Parque Nacional Tingo Maria
Location: at 3.7 mi (6 km) from the city travelling through the carretera central Hours: no available information Price: s/ 10 Adults – s/ 3 Children (5-16 years old) It’s a natural place that harbors diverse species of wild flora and fauna from the región; in this park there is the Bella Durmiente, a mountain range whose shape is similar to a lied down woman and the Cueva Lechuzas, which is really settled by nocturnal birds called “guacharos” which use the echolocation to geta round in darkness.
Balneario de Aguas Sulfurosas
Location: Comunidad de Jacintillo Hours: no available information Price: s/ 3 This beautiful natural spa is located at just 20 minutes from the city, and is born from a fissure of a giant rock in the hill Coto Mono. Crystalline waters, an average temperature of 64.4 °F (18 °C) and high level of sulfur distinguish this place, where the waters are used for healing therapies. On the evening, according to the settlers, you can see nightingales and monkeys swimming here.
Waterfall Santa Carmen
Location: Comunidad de Santa Carmen Hours: all day Price: free entrance Those beautiful waterfalls of more than 98 feet (30 meters) of height allow the travelers to take a bath in crystalline waters that produce drops, which with the air of the area produce a moisturizing effect in the skin. You can practice climb in the rocks and find caves around where the water settles if you prefer a calmer place.
The things to do in Tingo Maria
Fluvial tour through the river
Location: Av. 28 de Agosto 307 – Huanuco Price: no available information If you want to spend a moment of extreme fun and across the water, there are several specialized tours that propose motor boat tours through the rivers Huallaga and Monzon; you will observe the natural landscapes that surround the riverbank of the river, natural beaches and species in their natural habitat.
Climb near the waterfalls
Location: Av. Alameda Peru Nº 553 Price: no available information Feel the adrenalin climbing the sheer rock walls, feel the water that crash in your face and how the fear disappears as you ascend higher and higher. Climb the Velo de la Ninfa and many other waterfalls from where when you are in the highest place you will take pictures to have a great souvenir of your adventure.
Location: Afilador Km. 4 Alt: After the 2nd entrance to Orquideas Do mountain cycling through the natural landscapes of Tingo Maria, venture across the forest and live the emotion of going across new routes through the jungle. In this adventure tour you will see quite interesting species of flora and fauna, besides natural places of high beauty.
Typical dishes in Tingo Maria
Tacacho con cecina
Delicious typical dish that has fried green banana, smoked pork meat, fat and includes spices from the Amazonia.
Tasty chicken roasted at the stick, it’s usually served with tacacho and a special sauce from the area.
Patarashca de pescado
It’s a fish filled with a special preparation of onion, garlic and green pepper, among other ingredients that is served with manioc.
Juane con gallina de chacra
Similar to the tamal appearance, is made of rice, eggs, olives and diverse spices wrapped in a leaf of bijao.
How to reach Tingo Maria
Tingo Maria by train
The project of railway Transoceanico could on the future go through Tingo Maria, but it's just one idea until the date.
Tingo Maria by flight
There is an airport in Tingo Maria that operates approximately 2 flights per day from Lima. Some frequent airlines that provide flight tickets to Tingo Maria are LC Peru, Latam and Star Peru. The distance in a straight line from Lima to Tingo Maria is 295 mi (475 km). The travel by plane from Lima to Tingo Maria takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, so it's an interesting option if your budget allows it. The round trip costs around US$ 200, depending on the season and the services of the flight.
Tingo Maria by bus
Some of the bus companies that cover the route from Lima to Tingo Maria are Tepsa and TSP (Turismo Sol Peruano), which provide bus tickets for this route at US$ 22 to US$ 35. The distance from Lima to Tingo Maria is 317 mi (510 km). The travel by bus to go across this distance takes from 9hours to 14 hours.
Accomodations in Tingo Maria
Hotel Nueva York
Location: Av. Alameda Peru 533 Rate: no available information It’s one of the oldest hotels of the city. This lodging offers free wifi conexión, rooms with cable tv, private bathroom and a table to eat. It’s a place recommended to back-packers who have a low Budget. It’s recommended to select the rooms towards the street to enjoy the breeze of the wind.
Location: Av. Raimondi 456 Rate: s/ 54 –s/ 88 The hotel is located in the downtown of the city, the rooms have cable tv, private bathroom, free wifi, fan and electric kettle to drink something warm when you want.
Hotel Natural Green Lounge
Location: Av. Raimondi 378 Rate: s/ 91 – s/ 182 It’s located in the downtown of the city, Natural Green Lounge has comfortable rooms which have private bathroom, hot water, cable Tv and an intercommunication system for a fast service, besides free wifi. There is a reception desk 24 h a day.
Hotel Oro Verde
Location: Av. Castillo Grande cdra. 10 Rate: s/ 150 – s/ 500 Enjoy the comfortable rooms of Hotel Oro Verde where you will enjoy a private bathroom, high speed internet, minibar and a phone. For your comfort you will have a bed for 2 people and a fan to stand the heat of the city. You can also choose other rooms and there are also bungalows available.
Hotel Madera Verde
Location: In front of the Universidad Nacional Agraria de la Selva Rate: s/ 110 – s/ 280 You will enjoy rooms built on Wood and feel in a more natural environment, surrounded also by green landscapes and trees that make a welcoming environment. The rooms have cable TV, wifi, fan, pone and temperate water and besides those amenities, you can go to the restaurant of La Bella Durmiente, visit the butterflies breeding center, go to the bar el Uvachado and practice diverse sports and using the pool.
Important dates in Tingo Maria
Aniversario del Parque Nacional Tingo Maria
It’s a date that commemorates another year of the existence of this preservation area. Enjoy yourself contemplating the passacaglia, an artist night or the Festival de Estampas Selvaticas which transmit the joy of this natural area.
Fiesta de San Juan
One of the most important festivities of the area, which starts with a passacaglia where diverse groups dance with typical costumes of the region, you can taste typical dishes and there are beauty competitions and at the end there is a great concert with Peruvian artists, all of it as a celebration and party in honor of San Juan Bautista.
Aniversario de Tingo Maria
In this date the locals celebrate the foundation of the city that includes parades, beauty competitions, dances and fairs that stand out the quality of the products from Tingo Maria in agriculture and livestock, industrial and artisanal fields and you can also admire fireworks and burning of castles.