Welcome to Oxapampa
Two key periods in history have shaped this pretty ranching and coffee center, 75km north of La Merced. 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 few years! 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, which keeps the town's tourist appeal buoyant. Add a cracking nearby national park and Peru's best music fest and you have 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 by some families, and numerous Germanic customs are preserved. There is a BCP with ATMs on the main plaza.