Welcome to Rioja, the capital of Rioja Province in the San Martín Region in northern Peru. This charming town is situated to the west of Moyobamba and has a population of 24,263 inhabitants according to the 2007 census. Rioja is located 848 metres above sea level and has a semi-humid subtropical climate, making it a perfect destination for those who love warm weather.
During the Inca period, the Rioja Province was inhabited by two tribes, the Uquihuas and the Chepenes. At the end of the 16th century, one of the first Catholic missionaries arrived at Uquihua. Rioja was founded in September 1782 and was originally named Santo Toribio de la Nueva Rioja.
Rioja is situated in the valley of the upper Mayo River in the north of the San Martín Region. The peaks surrounding Rioja exceed 1,000 metres above sea level. The average temperature is 22.5 °C, with actual temperatures varying between 16.5 °C and 28.4 °C.
Communications and Transport:
Rioja is well-connected to the rest of the country by land, air, and water. Connections via the Carretera Marginal (the main jungle highway) are available, with daily bus services as well as minibuses, collective taxis, and lorries. The Rioja Airport accommodates small and medium-sized airplanes, both for passengers and cargo. Motor boats, canoes, and rafts use the Mayo, Tonchima, and Negro rivers for small cargo.
If you’re looking for a unique and off-the-beaten-path destination in Peru, Rioja is the perfect place to visit. With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and warm climate, it’s a destination that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on any traveler. Book your trip to Rioja today and experience all that this charming town has to offer!