Things to Do in Pucallpa



Top 12 Things to Do in Pucallpa/Ucayali



Top 12 Things to Do in Pucallpa/Ucayali

In Pucallpa, is a city in the Peruvian jungle located in the East of Peru on the banks of the Ucayali River in the Amazon plain. Pucallpa was colonized in the 1840s by Franciscan missionaries, who settled several families of the Shipibo-Conibo ethnic group with the name “Nueva Oran” rarely used. The name Pucallpa, comes from the Quechua and Shipibo tongues and means “red land”. In this blog article, we present you 12 incredible things to do in the city of Pucallpa /Ucayali.


How to get to Pucallpa/Ucayali ?

There are two ways to get to the red land city:

  1. By plane, from Lima the trip lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  2. By land, from Lima the trip lasts approximately 16 hours and 50 minutes.


Where to sleep in Pucallpa/Ucayali ?

In Pucallpa/Ucayali you will find from really cheap hostels to much more comfortable hotels from 1 to 5 star. Most of the accommodations are located around or close its main square.

One of the most important things, if not the most important of the trips, is the lodging. Normally this represents 50% or more of your expense and can make your stay unforgettable, in a good or bad way.

To book a hotel always keep the following in mind:

  • Location.
  • Access to public transport.
  • Cleaning.
  • Breakfast.
  • Free WIFI.
  • Room size.
  • Treatment of staff.
  • Quality of service.
  • Read reviews from other travelers.


Things to do in Pucallpa/Ucayali ?

The city of Pucallpa is one of the Peruvian Amazonian tourist destinations, most desired by tourists, who want to be in contact with the jungle beauty.

If you would like to visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu; click on the following link: Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu by train.


Pucallpa Main Square

It is a square of modern construction, highlights an obelisk of 25 meters high. An ornamental pool in the center of the square, three secondary pools, sculptures in granite, sand and cement; which represent the customs of the mestizo and native Amazonian settlers. There is a monument to Colonel Pedro Portillo Silva, promoter of progress in the Amazon. Nearby is the Boulevard Tacna, entertainment centers, restaurants, lodgings and shopping centers.

Top 12 Things to Do in Pucallpa/Ucayali

Pucallpa Cathedral “Virgen De La Inmaculada”

It is a neo-Gothic pointed cathedral, built with local wood and porcelain from Spain. The bell tower is built on a 34 meter high tower and has 3 bells brought from Italy. This spectacular cathedral was inaugurated in December 2006.

Top 12 Things to Do in Pucallpa/Ucayali

Plaza del Reloj Público

In this square, highlights the monument to the Peruvian naval hero Miguel Grau Seminario and a large clock, that crowns the 25-meter tower, with geometric lines, representing the Yine indigenous people. Built between 1950 and 1951, it is the first square the city had. The tower has a viewpoint from where you can see the majestic Ucayali River.

Top 12 Things to Do in Pucallpa/Ucayali

Regional Museum of Pucallpa

In the Regional Museum of Pucallpa some representative species of the Amazonian fauna and a large collection of fossil remains found in the Ucayali, Pachitea, Aguaytía and Urubamba rivers are preserved. One of the most attractive pieces is the jaw of a large lizard or megaterium that inhabited the Amazon about 10 million years ago. In the place the fossil vertebrae of the mastodon and giant sloth bear are preserved.
In other rooms, pieces of Shipibo ceramics from different periods, paintings and sculptures by prominent Ucayalino artists are exhibited.

Regional Museum of Pucallpa

Laguna Yarinacocha

With warm and calm waters, it is an ancient oxbow lake of the Ucayali River created by the change of its course. In the rainy season, the lagoon joins the Ucayali River through channels. This union gives it great ichthyological wealth and allows its waters to be periodically renewed. In the lagoon you can fish, ski, swim, paddle, watch birds and pink freshwater dolphins. In its main pier, located in Puerto Callao, you can find boats to visit different mestizo and native communities of the Shipibo Conibo indigenous people.

Top 12 Things to Do in Pucallpa/Ucayali

Laguna Cashibococha

Lagoon of tectonic origin; Due to its ichthyological wealth, it is ideal for sport fishing. Also, you can take boat rides and camping. On its shores, various mestizo and native communities of the Shipibo Conibo indigenous people are settled, such as: Santa Teresita and San Salvador. It has the Cashibococha channel, which connects with the Laguna Yarinacocha.

Top 12 Things to Do in Pucallpa/Ucayali

Agustín Rivas Vásquez Museum

Agustin is a sculptor recognized for his wood carvings and renaco roots, that represent mythical and ethnic characters of wild flora and fauna. The carved wooden bed “Huanganacasha” stands out, where the sculptor’s family carved in high relief can be appreciated.

Top 12 Things to Do in Pucallpa/Ucayali

William Cameron Townsend Ethnographic and Natural Museum

In this museum, you can see ethnographic samples of the Ucayali region and the Amazon jungle, photographs, original crafts of the indigenous peoples, among others.

Top 12 Things to Do in Pucallpa/Ucayali

House of the Painter Pablo Amaringo Shuña – “Usko Ayar”

In his gallery there are paintings of the visions of ayahuasca, a sacred plant of the Amazon forest. Pablo received in 1992, the UN Global 500 award for the message of conservation of nature.

Top 12 Things to Do in Pucallpa/Ucayali

Bio-Kuka Botanical Garden

A beautiful paradise, located very close to the city of Pucallpa. This botanical garden is home to a huge number of timber trees, medicinal plants, ornamentals, wild flowers and much more.

Top 12 Things to Do in Pucallpa/Ucayali

The boiling river Shanay-Timpishka

It is a unique and exceptional river in the world, because it is located in the Amazon forest, a place where there are no volcanoes. The boiling stream of the river is 9 kilometers; and the temperature ranges between 27 and 94 degrees Celsius. An interesting tour that must be visited with great care.

Top 12 Things to Do in Pucallpa/Ucayali

La Lupuna Park

It is a park that has a huge 200-year-old Lupuna tree. It is located very close to the main square of Pucallpa.

Top 12 Things to Do in Pucallpa/Ucayali


What are the top attractions to visit in Pucallpa/Ucayali ?

  1. Laguna Yarinacocha.
  2. Laguna Yarinacocha.
  3. Plaza del Reloj Público.
  4. Bio-Kuka Botanical Garden.
  5. The boiling river Shanay-Timpishka.


What are the most popular things to do in Pucallpa/Ucayali with kids?

  1. Pucallpa Main Square.
  2. Plaza del Reloj Público.
  3. Bio-Kuka Botanical Garden.
  4. Laguna Yarinacocha.
  5. Laguna Yarinacocha.

If you would like to get to Machu Picchu hiking; click on the following link: Machu Picchu Treks.


5 typical and exotic dishes from Pucallpa/Ucayali


typical peruvian dishes
Tacacho con cecina


typical peruvian dishes


typical peruvian dishes
Picadillo de Paiche


typical peruvian dishes


typical peruvian dishes
Chonta or Palmito



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