The Peruvian Amazon covers almost two-thirds of the surface of Peru and is inhabited by about four million Peruvians. Its territorial extension is of 75 million hectares, equivalent to 59% of the national territory.
The Peruvian Amazon is home to the world's richest biodiversity forests, rich in unique and endemic species of plants and animals. It also has an immense cultural diversity that includes nineteen linguistic families, distributed in some 950 original communities and 15 indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation.
San Roque De Cumbaza
The district of San Roque de Cumbaza is located in the Province of Lamas, San Martin region at 356 meters above sea level, seated in the buffer zone area 'Cordillera Escalera' Regional Conservation. It is a forty-five-minute drive from the city of Tarapoto, via a dirt road. Forty-one percent of its population is made up of native Quechua Lamistas.
The town of San Roque originated in the middle of the seventeenth century when descendants of the Lamista people came in search of food, motivated by the abundant hunting and fishing in the river especially Cumbaza.
As part of the Upper Valley Cumbaza, San Roque has mountainous geography giving us stunning views, refreshing pools in the river, streams, and waterfalls set in a magical location.
Lamas, the folk capital of San Martin, is located 25 km from San Roque. It is today inhabited by descendants of the Chanca culture of ancient Peru that one time became the main rival for the Incas in the Peruvian mountains. After they're failed attempt to conquer the city of Cuzco, found refuge in the area that is now Lamas, where even today you can see the villagers in traditional clothing. This city is surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Though only 6 degrees south of the Equator, due to being surrounded by mountains, the region where you will be living enjoys a benign and healthy climate and has spectacular views of virgin hillsides, dense tropical woodland. Nearly 77% of its territory is composed of Areas of Protection and Conservation due to its biodiversity in fauna and forests.