Once on the other side of the Huallaga River there was no help, so we start to ride with the sun on our heads trying to annihilate us. But finally we arrived, the route is a good direct ascent without stopsContinue reading
San Ramón in the gate of Chanchamayo Valley. During the end 19th century Italian, German, Austrian, and Chinese colons arrived to build their new homes in the land of Asháninka tribes and starting in the 20th century roads began to get built connecting the capital to the jungle. Today is a very dynamic valley that produces a large amount of food, specially coffee.
In almost seven hours from Lima by ground, you had crossed the Andes and arrived at the Jungle known as Selva Central.
San Ramón is the first stop, and from here opens many options to go: Satipo, Bayoz, Pozuzo, Oxapampa, Pampa Hermosa, Villa Rica, and Monobamba all of them part of the jungle but with different characteristics.
Near San Ramón is El Tirol. an ancient village locates at the heights, I guess of European origin, but today life is basically in the city and the surroundings serve for agriculture.
In some of these trips, we decided to explore and we found a path that connects straight from the highlands to the bottom of the waterfall that is not too big, maybe 100+ mt only.
After a cold bath in its waters we went out by the hiking path, so try to go on weekdays, not on holidays or weekends at a very early hour to avoid problems with people and ride on a clean path. Don´t forget to pay for your ticket at the entrance gate, a couple of coins will help to maintain the trail.
Tambillo is a forgotten small town in the jungle of Jauja, the province best well known as an Andean place.
After many visits we found that the adventorous way we were looking to reach the Central Jungle without riding by the main highway was by a gravel road with very low transit, almost none.
So to get to this place, you can go by car to Ricran village, then taking the detour to the highpass of Tambillo and start the ride down to the Jungle.
We started from 4600m at Tambillo distrit, straight down to Monobamba at 2000m approx. riding down crossing many altitudes and climates. And as usual in these places weather is always an enigma. You can get cold, web, rainy, misty at the top and you can continue wet all the way down or reach a sunny and very hot day.
After Monobamba, the downhill turns not as fast, from this village we must ride and pedal to reach Vitoc, the entrance to San Ramon city, the main city at the entrance of Chanchamayo valley, known in the country as the Selva Central.
For your records the ride takes around 6 hours dropping nearly than 4000m by gravel road, anyway if you are tough a brave you can can start pedaling from Ricran and climb a 1,000 mt for a couple or three hours before the downhill ride.