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Introducing Tingo María

This languid, humid university and market town lies in the ceja de la selva: its back may rest against the mountains − as the conical, forested hills that flank it testify − but its feet are firmly fixed in the lush vegetation of the Amazonas region and its sticky, tropical embrace. Tingo María, or Tingo for short, is a popular weekend destination for holidaying limeños, while travelers pause here en route to the Amazon.

The main attraction is Parque Nacional Tingo María: a lush forested wilderness with caves and great bathing spots. Sadly, this adventure comes with its dangers.