DESTINATIONS IN PERU - HIGHLANDS AND SELVA
IN THE REGION CENTRAL RAINFOREST
- Villarica - Pozuzo
How to get there
Most travellers arrive from La Merced, but there is
also a bus to Lima three times a week.
Best time to travel
Oxapampa combines both Sierra and Selva climate. The rainy season
dominates from November until March whereas the restt of the year
the town is usually blessed with sun and bright weather. The nights
though are often very cold and temperatures often fall very low.
Even the journey to this tiny town is worth the visit. It leads
through a landscape that constantly changes, from the colourful and diverse
vegetation of the rainforest to the harsh mountains of the Andes.
The name Oxapampa is a combination of the Quechuan word "Ocsha"
meaning straw and the word "pampa" meaning plain or prairie. About 30 percent of the inhabitants
have German or Austrian descendents, as the town was founded by immigrants from the Tirol an Pussia areas of Europe. Therefore it is not surprising
that the village with its wooden houses doesn't look Peruvian at
first sight. The onion domes of Iglesia de Santa Rosa in the
centre of town are also reminiscent of European construction. Still today people
in Oxapampa keep up German and Austrian customs and traditions.
Oxapampa is an important coffee growing area and
the region's fertile soil is used for agriculture. Wood
is another important sector.
The small town hosts a little museum located close to the Plaza,
which describes the region's history.
A three hour drive from Oxapampa will lead you to
another important area for growing coffee. Villa Rica was also settled by the Swiss/Austrian/German immigrants, who farmed this fertile destination set in the rich green backdrop of the surrounding mountain landscape . It is possible to visit
visit the cigar factory, take a tour of the coffee plantations, visit waterfalls and can rent a boat on the nearby lake. Also one of the main reasons that a lot of travellers come to this region is to twitch the many bird species here, this is due to the various different habitats in the vicinity.
The 'Ceja de la Selva' (the rainforest's
eyebrow) combines elements of the two Peruvian landscapes sierra
and selva. Pozuzo though is situated right at the edge of the rainforest.
With only 700 metre altitude this 1500 inhabitant village is situated
90 km away from Oxapampa. Pozuzo was founded in 1875 by Austrians
and Germans in the middle of the rainforest. The original German and Austrian inhabitants brought their culture, which left it mark, still visible today, for example some menus are written in German language!
Beside the Museo Schafferer and the Herbs garden Ruiz y Pavó
you can also visit a very impressive rope bridge which was been
built in memory of Kaiser Wilhelm.
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