Introduction to Tingana Ecological Reserve 

Tingana is a Conservation Concession where local villagers have formed an association to conserve the last wetlands of the Alto Mayo and the habitat of a great variety of native flora and fauna. it is located in the province of Moyobamba in the San Martin region.

The local people, who live around the Tingana Ecological Reserve, are people who are mainly engaged in local agriculture and tourism, still keeping alive their customs and local knowledge of this area of the Peruvian high jungle. The local people are characterized by their kindness and the vast knowledge about the benefits of living surrounded by nature. They are very cheerful, friendly and welcoming people, where everyone has an important role in the organization, in which they work with the sole objective of conserving the rainforests, through environmentally friendly activities such as tourism and sustainable agriculture, among others. 

The Tingana Ecological Reserve is the pioneer in community tourism in the San Martin region and one of the first at the national level. For this reason, the people who are part of this association are very proud of the recognition of their conservation work, sharing their traditional knowledge and awareness of an environmentally friendly lifestyle to each of the visitors who choose to visit Tingana. 

Tingana is considered an ecological paradise because of its great biodiversity. In this natural refuge you can find a great number of mammals; giant otters, different species of monkeys, pelejo, achuni, anteaters, as well as bird (tarahui, fluterillo, toucan, manacaraco, heron)and fish species (shirui, tilapia, mojarra, atinga, carachama). Visitors who love wildlife will be impressed with what this place has to offer, there is also a great variety of flora (mainly aguajales and renacales and a variety of ferns, lianas, orchids, bromeliads. It really could be mistaken for Paradise.


Cultural information

The inhabitants of Tingana say that the singular name given to this charming place comes from the abundance of trees commonly called by the villagers "Choloques", whose hard, round fruit is small, black, and inedible. These ‘fruits’ were used in the past by children to play "bolichas", from there comes the word "tingar"  meaning the little balls. When the children played, the grandmothers used to say to the children "tinga sonito con ganas" "tinga con ganas", since then this place is called Tingana.


Top tips for your stay in Tingana Ecological Reserve

The Tingana Ecological Reserve is a temporarily flooded forest, which drains the Avisado River, with two distinct seasons during the year: the wet season, from November to May, and the dry season, from June to October.

In the wet season the canoe ride is much better because visitors can get through in a more accessible way, and in the dry season, you can walk into the forest and renacales.

There are two types of tours: full day, which consists only of the canoe ride and a visit to the farms, or the 2 days and 1 night tour, where you can do all the activities available.


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Transportation to Tingana Ecological Reserve

Visitors can get to Tingana from the city of Moyobamba, by land to the district of Yantaló where the port is located at the mouth of the Huascayacu River. Here you will be expected to board a boat to the Tingana Ecological Reserve.

You should coordinate with the association, as visits are only available by reservation.


Getting around the area

There are several points to visit within the reserve, the main one being the canoe trip down the river, which the members are in charge of. There are walks to visit the farms with a local guide, which we highly recommend to get the best out of your trip.


What’s Good to eat in the Tingana Ecological Reserve?

When guests arrive at Tingana, they will enjoy the traditional jungle cuisine, where the members have been trained to offer visitors the most delicious and varied typical Amazonian dishes, prepared with local products. They will be able to taste the exquisite tacacho with jerky, the popular juane made form rice, inchicapi de gallina and others, accompanied by fruit drinks.  In addition, visitors can share the experience of preparing these typical jungle foods in a traditional kitchen.

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    Currently, the Tingana Ecological Reserve offers lodging services in Ecological Bungalows and has spaces for camping, but visitors must bring their own camping equipment.


    Best things to do at Tingana Ecological Reserve

    One of the best things to have on your itinerary is the Canoe trip. To enjoy the scenery, a canoe trip down the Avisado River is an absolute must. You will navigate among the roots of giant renaco trees, listening to the chirping of birds, accompanied by expert local guides, who explain and share their knowledge about the area, the flora & fauna, and the landscape.

    As an innovative service, visitors can opt for a night canoe trip, where the experience is something different, since other species of fauna can be seen in their habitat at night.

    Joining one of the walks in a farm is also a popular activity to do here. Some of the partners have undertaken a new crop in the area, the planting of vanilla. Visitors can tour, experience and learn about this variety of native species of the area and Peru.

    Bird watching is extraordinary from the heights of the jungle. In Tingana there are viewpoints located on the top of the renaco trees in strategic areas, which favor the observation of various birds. Guests can spend an unforgettable experience in contact with nature, observing so many of the bird species.

    Artisanal Fishing: Why not take the opportunity to fish in a completely uncontaminated river with a great diversity of native fish. Local guides will provide you with all the equipment and will accompany you in this adventure.

    The services provided by Tingana are operated by members of the Association for the Conservation of Aguajales and Renacales del Alto Mayo (ADECARAM).


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