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Pichanaki

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Pichanaki is in Peru.

Understand[edit]

Pichanaki is 525 meters above sea level on the Perene river (Rio Perené) between the towns of La Merced and Satipo. The full name is Bajo Pichanaki (also spelt Pichanaqui). The location is in the "selva alta" (high jungle), in the foothills of the Andes as they descend into the Amazon basin. The climate is tropical with temperatures around 25 C all year around. The rainy season is between November and March. The region is mainly agricultural, with little tourism (although it is growing). The Chanchamayo region is known traditionally for coffee, but also grows a lot of citrus fruits, pineapples, bananas, avocados and other tropical fruits.

Get in[edit]

There are night buses from Lima to Pichanaki (end station Satipo, via La Merced). The bus takes about 9-10 hours and the “bus-cama” seats are quite comfortable. Depending on the bus company (both Molina and Transmar are good), these leave from La Victoria (Av 28 Julio) or San Luis (Avd San Luis, Esq Nicolas Arriola 700) in the late evening 20:30 – 22:30. Both of these neighbourhoods are a bit dangerous at night, so take care and wait in the terminal (don’t walk the streets too much). Internet booking is not common here, so you will need to go to one of the terminals to buy tickets. The bus trip crosses the Andes and you might suffer a bit from altitude sickness (bring along some sorojchi tablets and lots of water).

There are also buses coming to Pichanaki from other cities such as Pucallpa and Huancayo.

Get around[edit]

Pichanaki is a small city and transport is walking or by the many moto-taxis.

Catarata de Bayoz
Velo de la Novia

See[edit]

The town is nicely located between two rivers and beautiful mountains, but the actual city is typical of smaller Peruvian cities (dirty, noisy and smelly). The town is essentially a large market for the farmers around, buying and selling are the main activities. There is a nice park in the centre of the town, and "la playa" (the beach) along the river offers a quite place with touristic restaurants (offering local jungle meats).

  • Caverna la Olada, (On the left shortly after the turn for Puerto Yurinaki when travelling from Pichanaki to La Merced).  edit
  • Cascada Tsomonnael, (Near Rio Negro. On the left when travelling from Pichanaki to Satipo).  edit
  • Catarata de Bayoz, (55km from La Merced. Turn left at the bridge for Puerto Yurinaki when travelling from La Merced to Pichanaki). Waterfalls, a nice place for a swim and a shower. Adults S/.1.50, Child S/.1.00.  edit
  • Catarata El Nino. Waterfall.  edit
  • Catarata Zotorari. Waterfall.  edit
  • Velo de la Novia, (55km from La Merced. Turn left at the bridge for Puerto Yurinaki when travelling from La Merced to Pichanaki). Just 600 meters down stream from Catarata de Bayoz. There is an abundance of butterflies here. Adults S/.1.50, Child S/.1.00.  edit

Do[edit]

Pichanaki offers basic tourism, mainly from little tourist huts close to the central park. Activities include boat trips on the river, fishing, and visits to native communities and waterfalls/lakes. There are possibilities for other activities on request.

Buy[edit]

The strip of tourist huts near the park offer souvenirs, handicrafts and local produce (coffee and chocolate etc.)

  • Creme de Cacao.  edit
  • Creme de Coco.  edit
  • Creme de Cafe.  edit

Eat[edit]

  • Chifa China, Av. Michaela Bastidas. Peruvian Chinese food. Good quality, large servings, menus available all day.  edit
  • Cevicheria Costa Brava, Cnr Av. Michaela Bastidas & Jr. Junin. Cevicheria serving a wide range of seafood dishes. The local river fish are recommended (the doncella is delicious) instead of the seafood which has likely come from Lima.  edit
  • D´Litz, Jr. Lima. Cheap menus (the service and food is great).  edit
  • Mercado Uno, Jr. Lima. The main market has many options for cheap eating and offers traditional dishes, ceviche etc. Look for a place with lots of locals.  edit


Drink[edit]

  • Cafe Tinto. (near the park, opposite the hospital) is a modern, clean and cosy cafe. They serve a wide range of coffees and basic food (sandwiches and cakes). Probably the only place in Pichanaki with an espresso machine and knowledge of how to make a good coffee. It is a relaxed place with friendly staff that don´t mind if you sit for a while. The other bonus is free wifi (usually good speed and reliable).  edit


Sleep[edit]

  • Hospedaje Hower Ilich, 430 Av. Micaela Bastidas, Pichanaki. (On the plaza.). Large, clean rooms. Big TV's, private bathrooms, no hot water. Some rooms overlook the plaza, the 3rd floor has a better view as the second floors view is obscured by telephone wires, it can be noisy when there's fiestas in the plaza. Doble S/.50.00 (that's a room with two single beds), you'll probably get it for S/.40 if you haggle.  edit

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