Tingo Maria is located in the high jungle zone. The city looks very energetic: the constant motion, myriads of mototaxis, 60,000 or so locals going about their business, lots of street vendors and market stall owners shouting at pedestrians, trying to make them buy some delicacy. The main jewel of Tingo Maria tours is the beautiful Tingo-Maria Park. It is the true star that brings all the tourist here. The town itself is pretty small and there are not a lot of typical touristic attractions. If you end up wandering around it, trying to find something worthwhile, visit the main market, which is located at the southern end of the main street - La Alameda Perú. Or you can visit the botanical garden, home to more than 15o0 types of tropical plants.
The Tingo-Maria National Park, occupying 180 square meters. km of territory is located in the southern part of the city, at the mouth of the Monzon River (a tributary of the Huallaga River). During your Tingo Maria travel, you have to visit the most interesting natural landmark of the park - Bella Durmiente ("Sleeping Beauty"). It is towering above the city hill, from all sides like a sleeping woman with an Inca crown on her head. Tingo Maria National Park, located near the eponymous city in the center of Peru, in the department of Huanuco, has recently become one of the main directions in the country for bird watching. Birdwatching is a popular tourist attraction, and in the reserve, there are more than 160 species of exotic birds that will be of interest to both photographers and wildlife lovers. Therefore, if you are a big nature lover, you are in luck!
People that were writing reviews Peru trip advisor were commenting about how interesting La Cueva de las Lechuzas ("Cave of Owls") is. Despite its name, it is known not because of some owls, but because of a colony of big goatsuckers living under the arches of the cave. In addition to the goatsuckers, there are stalactites and stalagmites in the Cave of Owls, and bats, parrots, and other birds are found in the cave and its immediate vicinity. But the goatsuckers surely take the first place. The caves are located about six kilometers from the city of Tingo Maria. You can get to the entrance by taxi. To enter the park you need to buy a ticket (S5) and guides will show you the best sites. It is better to come to the park in the morning, when the sun's rays are just getting to the entrance to the cave, or at sunset when goatsuckers appear. Do not take a flashlight with you - the light of the lantern prevents the birds from sleeping properly and eating.
In the park and its surroundings, there are many beautiful places for swimming. We recommend San Jacintillo Medicinal Springs, located one kilometer from the Owls Cave; Velo de las Ninfas and Cueva de los Tambos, 9 kilometers south of Tingo; and Laguna el Milagro, 35 kilometers north of the city. In all these places you will have to pay a nominal entrance fee, but it is relatively cheap. The cave is protected by the police, but on the road, it is quite dangerous, as well as on all roads of the region, which are remote from civilization, so be careful. If you’re Peruvian food lover and looking for regional street food, head north along Alameda until you see a row of grills on your left. Here you’ll find tasty grilled chicken, local fish, and regional specialties like juanes (rice dough stuffed with chicken and wrapped in banana leaves for cooking), Cecina (deep-fried beef), and tacacho (sliced plaintain, which is fried, then mashed with chicharones).