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Oxapampa is a city in the department of Pasco, noted for the variety of its natural landscapes and its large amounts of fertile land. In 1853, the first Austro-German immigrants arrived in Peru seeking to colonize the central jungle. After a long journey, they settled in Oxapampa, where they developed their community in isolation for decades.  

Thus, the mixture of German, Austrian and Peruvian customs and traditions of the Yánesha, Shipibo and Asháninka ethnic groups, as well as migrants from other regions of the country, is evident. This is evident in the gastronomy, dances and festivities of this charming province.

Oxapampa is recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and is the gateway to the Yanachaga Chemillén National Park.

Today, Oxapampa is open to the world and offers visitors its dwellings, dances and music in a markedly Tyrolean style, as well as different lodging options and agricultural activities such as coffee tasting, one of the best in Peru.

To enjoy your visit in this beautiful province and place such as Oxapampa you may need to keep communication or a translation app. That’s why you may need to use one of our mobile phone plans for tourists to have a tourist SIM card. In order to visit Oxapampa and enjoy the city at its plenty here in PeruSIM.

Now let’s find out more about what can Oxapampa can offer you in your next stop while being in Peru : 

How to get to Oxapampa?

There are two ways to get to Oxapampa by land. The first is to take a bus or private car directly from Lima, which takes approximately 10 hours, or departing from Junin, which takes approximately 3 hours to get there.

Another way is to take a flight from Lima or another province to Jauja (nearest airport) and then a bus to Oxapampa for 3 hours. But generally talking it will usually take you :

Lima – La Merced

By bus or car: 8 hours and 28 minutes approximately.

La Merced – Oxapampa

By bus or car: 3 hours approximately

General information:

Indispensable on your visit:

Sunscreen, cold weather clothing and a windbreaker, sunglasses, camera.


1 814 m a. s. n. m.


Winters in Oxapampa are long, cloudy and cool while summers are short, dry and hot. 

Throughout the year the temperature usually varies between 13 to 24 degrees Celsius and very rarely is it below 11 °C or above 26 °C.

Now, the best time of the year to travel to Oxapampa, especially if you want to do hot weather activities, is undoubtedly from the first days of May to the first days of October.

What to do in your visit to Oxapampa

There are many tourist attractions in Oxapampa; however, we will mention below the most relevant ones.


It was inhabited by Amueshas and Amajes. It was refounded by Germans and Austrian colonists in 1859.

This small town is dominated by the magnificent landscapes of the Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, German architecture and the gastronomic fusion of typical German dishes and the jungle.

Being here the tourist places of Pozuzo that you can visit are:

  • Schaffererer Museum,  A house that preserves texts, photos, utensils and other objects belonging to the first inhabitants of Pozuzo.
  • Pools of the blue river of salt water, healing waters.
  • Dolphin Waterfall, with a 100 meter fall.
  • Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, which houses large numbers of species of flora and fauna.

Villa Rica

Located between La Merced and Oxapampa is Villa Rica, a town with some interesting tourist attractions such as:

  • The chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary, made of wood.
  • The Oconal Lagoon, populated by moorhens, herons, wild ducks and kingfishers.
  • El León waterfall, with natural pools and two waterfalls.

In addition, this town produces the best coffee (officially recognized with that title since 2004). The coffee of Villa Rica is the best coffee in the world, since it has been successful in all the contests carried out in Europe.

Rayantambo Waterfall

The Rayantambo Waterfall, which has a height of 45 meters, is part of the Oxapampa-Asháninka-Yánesha Biosphere Reserve. Its name comes from the homonymous creek that contains it.

This waterfall can be observed from the Rayantambo bridge, which was built right in front of it. 

Torrebamba Waterfall

The name of this waterfall also comes from the homonymous waterfall that contains it and can be translated as “Campo de la Torre”. 

Physically it presents a slope of 30 meters through which the crystalline water precipitates. In addition, it has a magnificent environment that is populated with abundant vegetation and a great variety of birds.

What to eat in Oxapampa: 

Typical dishes of Oxapampa

Picante de Cuy: 

The Picante de Cuy, although it is not a typical dish of Oxapampa specifically but of Peru, it is commonly served in this place. It is a dish whose main ingredient is the Cuy (guinea pig) is accompanied with boiled potato and rice.

Cuy Chactado: 

Another of Oxapampa typical dishes based on Cuy is this one. It contains fried yucca, rice, corn, fried plantain and salad.

Chicharrón de Oxapampa: 

One of the best known dishes in Oxapampa is the Chicharrón. Although it is also served in different areas of the country, each city has its own version.  Generally, it is accompanied with yucca. 

Parrilla de Oxapampa:

Another of the typical dishes of this region is the Oxapampa Grill . It is served with a prey of beef, meat, pork, sausage and is accompanied with yucca. Oxapampa beef is one of the best in the country.

Finally, we know that you have to keep communication with your relatives and friends, that you need to be able to orient yourself in new cities, that you might need help with translation and that you might need to search for restaurants or hotels. That’s why with PeruSIM you can buy a SIM card including the data plan of your need without having to worry about high roaming costs.

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