Welcome to Oxapampa
Oxapampa, a pretty ranching and coffee center 75km north of La Merced, sports some superb wilderness lodges and luxury accommodations. When you add a cracking nearby national park and Peru's best music fest you are left with one of the most intriguing locales in the Amazon. Buildings have a Tyrolean look, Austrian-German food is prepared, an old-fashioned form of German is still spoken, and numerous Germanic customs are preserved. Two key periods in history have shaped this region. The first was during the mid-19th century when it attracted some 200 settlers from Germany, the descendants of which (many still blonde-haired and blue-eyed) inhabit Oxapampa and its surrounds. The second? The last decade! Local land has been sold off at basement prices, enticing a new wave of settlers: this time largely from Lima. New businesses have opened, many of which are attractive guesthouses and restaurants, keeping the town's tourist appeal buoyant.