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About Bagua Chica

History of Bagua Chica

Bagua Chica is popularly known as Bagua, to distinguish it from Bagua Grande, a city nearby that also is part of the Amazonas department. The history of the area where it’s settled nowadays is very related to the bagua culture, developed between the 1300 to 200 b.C. It’s considered as one of the most ancient of the north-east of Peru. The old bagua stood out particularly in pottery, but they were also good farmers and hunters. The lifestyle of this culture was very tied to the Bagua river -that is known today as Utcubamba river-, so they were good swimmers and fishermen. During the 15th and 16th centuries the little nation of Bagua was big enough to take up a great part of the valley of low Utcubamba. Their importance was so big that they even had their own language, sophisticated and rich in words, that reflected the potential that they would reach if there was not Spanish colinization. It’s a pity that today the language of the bagua is mostly extinguished; they only conserve some words at school and references that show their existence.

Helpful information

-Bagua Chica is another name of Bagua, capital of the province with the same name.
-Although it is known as Bagua Chica, it’s better if you refer to the city as Bagua when you are inside the city, since for some the other name is pejorative.
-The weather in Bagua Chica (or Bagua) is considered warm and rainy for seasons. Its temperature can go over 87.8 °F (31 °C) in warm days and drop to 68 °F (20 °C) in winter.
-You should also have by hand the basic kit for the tropical cities: a good sunscreen, sun glasses, bottled water and a raincoat for the unexpected rains.
-The mosquito in the Amazonian areas can be transmitting of sicknesses, poisonous or just irritant. Have with you a repellent to protect you from insects and avoiding being bitten by them.
-The people from Bagua are called “baguino”, but some says “baguense”. We recommend you to use just the first term.
-Bagua and surroundings have the most fertile floors of the Amazonian department, so the agricole activity is plentiful. Coffee, rice, wheat, manioc and cotto,n among other products, are cultivated.

How to get around?

To get around to the main meeting points of the city or any street far away from where you are, you can take easily a “mototaxi”. Those vehicles are numerous in Bagua Chica, since they are low-cost. The service costs from s/ 1 to s/ 3. To go to longer destinations, take a particular taxi or a shared taxi. The first costs s/ 4 - s/ 10. By shared taxi the transportation costs from s/2 to s/ 5.

Risks and cautions in Bagua Chica

Bagua is a little city constantly affected by the intense rains that, in some cases, harm the urban heritage. The proximity of the city to the river Utcubamba is also a risk factor, since the water of the rain can cause the flooding of the river’s affluent. The social risks you can have in Bagua Chica are the thefts. Avoid to get distracted of your valuable belongings and don’t go through unsafe roads. If you visit the city with caution, you will have a pleasant trip.

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Tourist attractions in Bagua Chica

Getting to Bagua Chica

Museo INC Bagua
Location: Jr. Arequipa N°339
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Price: s/ 2
In this museum you can find two exhibitions where you can compare the different periods in Bagua’s history. In the first period you can see fossil remains found in Retema, that belong to the marine animals of the Late Cretaceous period. The second period shows the main discoveries of the archaeological remains of the bagua culture: from pottery to tools and a funeral vase.

Museo Susana Meneses
Location: Jr. Los Cedros cdra. 5  
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Price: s/ 5
This museum was created by the owner of the exhibition pieces, Angel Jauregui Samora, who wants to preserve the collection in good conditions and promote tourism. Inside the museum you will see copies of the fossil remains found in the area of Bagua as the Titanosaurio and the Baguatherium jaureguii, among other objects of the moche, chimum and nazca cultures.

Around Bagua Chica

Caverna de Churuyacu
Location: at one hour from the district of La Peca
Hours: doesn’t say
Price: free entrance
For the most experienced explorers, the cave represents a nice challenge. Its inside has large and narrow passages, very rough, with a variety of stalactites and stalagmites of prominent size.

Comunidad Nativa de Wawas
Location: at 55.3 mi (89 km) from the city (at 387 meters above the sea level)
Hours: doesn’t say
Price: free entrance
Learn about the lifestyle of the man who lives in harmony with the nature in this community where you will make homestay tourism, getting to know more about the ancestral traditions of the natives. You will be surrounded by diverse flora and fauna of enchanting landscapes and the nice atmosphere of hospitality that the inhabitants offer you.

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What to do in Bagua Chica

Trekking to the caves of Cambiopitec
Location: at 15.5 mi (25 km) from the city
This tourist attraction, just ideal for the speleology amateurs (caves exploration), is a trekking route very crowded for the ones who enjoy a good trekking in a natural environment. There are also horse rides that last about 1 to 2 hours. In both cases it’s an excellent experience, very healthy and calm.

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Gastronomy in Bagua Chica

Typical dishes of Bagua Chica

It’s a very consumed dish in the city of Bagua, due to the variety of ingredients and flavors the plate has. It was created due to the need of cooking using local ingredients, since there are not so many foods, but with the passing of time it reached great popularity in the main cities of the jungle. It’s prepared with banana, mint, peas, pork skin, beans, salt, cummin and achiote.

Cuy con papas
The guinea pig is the main ingredient of this popular dish, very consumed in part of the Amazonian cities (and other regions of Peru). For its preparation the guinea pig is fried until it’s  gold-colored and crunchy, to be served then in a stew of peanut and chilly pepper, boiled potato and an onion gravy.

Restaurants in Bagua Chica

La Casita del Cuy
Location: Jr. Huandoy cdra. 6
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Price: doesn’t say
As the name shows, the specialty of the house is the guinea pig with potatoes. It you want to taste this plate prepared on the traditional way, keep in mind this home-made restaurante.

Restaurant Polleria Antojitos
Location: Jr. Los Cedros
Hours: doesn’t say
Price: doesn’t say
At this place you can taste typical dishes and varied food of great flavor. The quality of this restaurant is recognized among its regular diners.

La Leñadora
Location: Jr. Los Cedros n° 213
Hours: doesn’t say
Price: doesn’t say
A lot of visitors have eaten in La Leñadora and coincide that it’s among the best ember chicken that you can taste in the region. You will also find other typical dishes, from Bagua and the Amazonian cities.

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Accomodations in Bagua

Hostal Antara
Location: Jr. Libertad 213
Price: doesn’t say
It’s a low-cost hostage for the backpacker traveller. They also have more expensive rooms for the customers that prefer a more exclusive service.

Hostal San Pablo
Location: Av. Mariano Melgar n° 643
Price: doesn’t say
The 2 stars hotel propose a complete service, on the possibilities of Bagua Chica.

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Important dates in Bagua

Festividad del Santo Patron San Juan Bautista
(June the 24th)
The history of this patron saint festival is curious, since originally the settlers of Bagua chose as patron saint to San Pedro, until the arrival of immigrants from Cajamarca, who started the tradition of worshipping to San Juan Bautista. The situation became complicated since there were conflicts among the people who preferred one celebration rather than the other. At the end the parish priest called together to a massive voting that made history due to its peculiarity, being the patron saint of Bagua at the end San Juan Bautista. From June the 24th to the 29th there are cultural and religious activities in the city, don’t you miss them!


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Nightlife in Bagua

Discoteca La Paz
Location: doesn’t say
Hours: doesn’t say
Price: doesn’t say
This nightclub is from the few nightlife bars that you can find in Bagua Chica. If you look for places to share a drink with friends, the bars of the hotel will be a very good and calm option.


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How to get to Bagua by bus?

To the Amazonian city of Bagua Chica you can get from Chiclayo by bus with the terrestrial transportation company Civa. The average distance is 193 mi (311 km) and the travel takes approximately 4 hours (depending on the weather and the conditions on the highway). The bus ticket costs s/ 30, but it varies depending on the season (in low season you can buy tickets at s/ 20).


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