With its dark waters and surrounded by a varied ecosystem very characteristic of the low jungle, we find Lake Zungarococha, located on the right bank of the Nanay River, a tributary of the Amazon River, in the Loreto region.
Its name originates from the time when there was an abundance of "zúngaro" fish in the place, to whose name the first settlers joined the word "cocha" or lake, naming it in this way as Zungarococha lake.
The town of Zungarococha, founded in 1965, is located on its shores, which has 800 inhabitants. Further on is the Quebrada de Corrientillo, where visitors can visit to enjoy its refreshing waters. And a short distance away you can taste traditional stews in the small Corrientillo lagoon.
This lake is large and its water level varies according to the rising or emptying season of the rivers. Likewise, it is ideal for leisure and recreation activities, such as swimming, canoeing, boating, sliding, sport fishing, among others, in the midst of beautiful landscapes.
If you are in the Plaza de Armas of Iquitos, then by car it will take you approximately 38 minutes to arrive on the Participation road and the Iquitos/Nauta highway. Google Maps shows you the route.
On the right side of kilometer 5.5 of the Iquitos - Nauta highway, you can see a large sign announcing the start of the Zúngarococha highway, approximately 11 and a half kilometers long, where the Zungarococha, Corrientillo, Puerto Almendras, and Nina Rumi hamlets are located. , Llanchama and Varillal. This road is a carriageway on sandy terrain. As soon as you enter this road, the feeling of being overwhelmed by the heat disappears and you are overwhelmed by the feeling of well-being thanks to the coolness provided by the shade of the tall trees that are on both sides of this road. It is extremely easy to get to these hamlets that are distributed along the entire Zungarococha highway, either by motorcycle, motocarro or using one of the vans of the transport companies that travel through the area. Learn a little more about these places where you can do adventure tourism and rural community tourism.
Amazon Golf Course in Iquitos is a golf course located south of the metropolitan area of Iquitos, near the Iquitos Nauta Highway Km. 6. The golf played at Amazon Golf Course is peculiar, and the course is the only one set for the game. in the Peruvian Amazon, which is characterized by its bunkers, water traps inhabited by piranhas and alligators, and its golf carts. The Amazon Golf Course in Iquitos is the only golf course in the world that gives each golfer a machete to carry with their golf clubs.
Zungarococha Lake is very extensive and its water level varies according to the rising or emptying season of the rivers. It is one of the ideal places for leisure and recreation activities, such as canoe, boat and slider rides, sport fishing, swimming, among others that make the place a tourist attraction worth visiting and enjoying its scenic beauty, in this way to be able to forget routine life and get away from the bustle of the city.
Advancing one more section of the Caserío Zungarococha is the town of Corrientillo with its small Quebrada de Corrientillo, where visitors can enjoy its refreshing waters. Corrientillo is a cold water ravine and gives rise to the population that settles there. In the Corrientillo Lagoon you can also do sport fishing and spend a pleasant moment away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Iquitos. A few meters from the lagoon, typical Amazonian dishes are sold that delight its visitors.
The next population is Puerto Almendras, which is a community that lives from the activities of the faculties of the National University of the Peruvian Amazon. There is the Arboretum El Huayo Botanical Garden, managed by the Puerto Almendras Forestry Research and Education Center.
The center maintains plots with representative forest species of the Nanay basin. Ecological circuits, walks and visits to the farms of the inhabitants of the area are offered.
The Arboretum Botanical Garden "El Huayo" is located on the Iquitos Nauta highway, entering 5 km. by the Zungarococha Highway. This Botanical Garden is managed by the Puerto Almendra Forest Research and Education Center. The center maintains plots with representative forest species of the Nanay basin.
The Arboretum Botanical Garden "El Huayo" is located in an area of 1,300 hectares of forests, of which a part are natural forests with different ecologies, and another part are plantations of different species and ages. The existing human population in the area of influence of the Arboretum Botanical Garden "El Huayo" uses various parts of numerous plant species to solve, in part, the basic problems of the community. Similarly, there are plant species of ecological importance in the area, which with proper management will guarantee the permanence of the characteristics of the forest ecosystem. Ecological circuits, walks and visits to the farms of the inhabitants of the area are offered.
The Caserío Nina Rumi is a small Amazonian town, a few meters from the sewage of the Nanay River, a tributary of the Amazon River, in the Loreto region. The town of Nina Rumi in Iquitos is located near the Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve. It is located on the Zungarococha highway.
As soon as we arrive at the entrance to the town center of Nina Rumi Iquitos, a clean and organized town appears before our eyes. On the left, the houses are arranged in long rows facing the river. On the right side is the Nanay River and on its banks there is a long tourist promenade with small malocas for the sale of food and for rest. The river in that part makes a bend and slows down a bit, which makes it the ideal place to enjoy its waters with greater safety, whether it be for swimming, sport fishing or canoeing.
For photography lovers, Nina Rumi offers spectacular landscapes with clear blue skies, trees and bushes of different sizes and greenery, wild flowers of all colors, birds that come to pose on the trees.
The advantage of the Nina Rumi Iquitos farmhouse is that it offers its charms throughout the year, regardless of the season. During the flood season, the waters of the Nanay River reach the pedestrian promenade and visitors can dive into its waters from the small floating rafts that have been built for this purpose or take a canoe ride. When the waters are low, a fine white sand beach forms a few meters from the tourist promenade.
The LLanchama people are a small Amazonian population, on the left bank of the black waters of the Nanay River, near the Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve. It is located at kilometer 11 of the Zungarococha highway.
The Caserío de LLanchama is located at the end of the Zungarococha highway, in this area the presence of the white sand beaches "Mocahua", "Esperanza" and "Tinaja" stands out, where visitors can camp in the community for affordable prices, with the possibility of practicing canoeing, sport fishing and adventure tourism. You can also witness the sighting of butterflies, birds and amphibians. You will be able to observe varieties of monkeys, snakes such as the "shushupe" and the "naca naca".
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