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La Merced

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La Merced is a town in Southern Sierra, it is the capital of the Chanchamayo Province in the Junín Region, Peru.

Understand[edit]

La Merced is 750 meters above sea level between the towns of Tarma and Pichanaki.

Get in[edit]

Buses from Huancayo take about 4 hours and leave from the multi-company terminal on Av. Ferrocarril.

Get around[edit]

The town center is very walkable.

Mototaxis to most locations are 1 sole per person during the day, a bit more at night.

See[edit][add listing]

Catarata del Tirol

La Merced is reasonably close to the waterfalls Catarata de Bayoz and Velo de la Novia, see the Pichanaki page for details.

  • Banos Termales de Uchubamba, (Take the road towards Uchubamba). Thermal Pools.  edit
  • Catarata Sanchirio, (Take the road towards Oxapampa. Near San Luis de Shuaro). Waterfall  edit
  • Catarata del Tirol, (17km from La Merced. About 5km up a dirt road immediately after Puente San Ramon on the right hand side when travelling from Tarma to La Merced. 11° 08' 15 S 75° 19' 53 W). You need to walk for about 15 minutes up a gorge to reach the waterfall, its a fairly easy walk up a well made path. Adults S/.1.00. (-11.1375,-75.3314) edit
  • Catarata Tunquimayo, (Near Vitoc. Take the road towards Uchubamba). Waterfall.  edit
  • Ducha del Diablo, (11° 10' 21 S 75° 27' 06 W). (-11.1725,-75.4517) edit
  • Puente Colgante Kimiri. Suspension bridge made in 1901  edit
  • Santuario Nacional Pampa Hermosa. Tropical/subtropical jungle, waterfalls, Yungas.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

A variety of tours have hawkers in the central plaza in the morning until about 10:00. Most of the companies offer the same options.

  • Perene Tour - this jungle overview tour is appropriate for all ages and abilities. It includes 2 waterfalls (you can swim at the bottom), a "native village", a coffee processor, a boat ride, and a stop for lunch. It runs about s/35 (about $15 US).
  • Indiana Jones Tour - not the real name, but they will know what you are talking about. This trip takes you up a creek bed with several waterfalls that you climb with a rope through the water. At times you scale wet slippery rocks without a rope. Good physical condition is highly recommended (not by them, but by me!) Some groups also have 2 guides to help you up the waterfalls. If you're nervous you may want to ask around for a 2-guide tour. s/25 (about $10 US) per person.
  • Discoteca Kametsa Cafe Rock - A nightclub on the outskirts of town that is hopping on Saturday nights with a fun and friendly crowd. Plays a heavily Latin mix.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Coffee and cocoa are grown locally not to mention lots of fruit. Art and craft made by the Ashaninkas make good souvenirs also.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Casa de Allen has good burgers in 3 sizes, plus flaming crepes with ice cream. A bit out of town, but near the discoteca, so it's perfect for a dinner and dancing combo night.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hostal Prince, Jirón Arequipa 323, La Merced, +51 (064) 531978 (), [1]. Nice, clean rooms Doble S/.65.00 (that's a room with two single beds).  edit

Contact[edit]

  • Municipalidad Provincial de Chanchamayo, [2].  edit


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