This languid, humid university and market town lies in the ceja de la selva (eyebrow of the jungle), on the cusp between mountains and jungle. Its back rests against the mountains − as the conical, forested hills that flank it testify − but its feet are firmly fixed in the lush, sticky vegetation of the Amazonas region. Tingo María, or Tingo for short, is a popular weekend destination for holidaying limeños (inhabitants of Lima), while travelers pause here en route to and from the Amazon.
Around the town, the divine surrounds of Villa Jennifer, open to the public for a fee as well as for guests, are reason enough to stop by. Outside town, 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.