The distance from Lima to Rioja is 675 mi (1086 km) and the route takes approximately 26 hours by bus. The terrestrial transportation company that covers this route is GH Bus, that provides bus tickets at s/ 120. The buses leave from the terminals of Lima Centro in Av. Iquitos and Lima Norte destination to the terminal located in Jr. Juan Simons. The climate of Rioja is tropical, with an average temperature of 73.4 °F (23 °C), with frequent rains, reason why an umbrella will be helpful, although rains are also cooling.
Named the "city of kings" when it was founded in 1535 under the hispanic foundation, it was known as Limaq by the local natives, which means "chatty". Lima is famous for being the viceroyalty capital of Peru and one of the cities most important of South America in the spanish regime period; after its independance in 1821 the city became the republic's capital. Before this period, the Baroque and Neoclassical style took the power on the streets, impregnating those architectural styles in the main constructions. The capital counts a high variety of tourist attractions that combine history and modernity, as you can see on the Historical Center. Another strong point of Lima is the food, there are many restaurants from the 3 Peruvian regions where you can live a complete gastronomical experience, given that the population is multicultural and mostly migrant. Live Peru from one of its corners, and enjoy tasting the culture that Peru offers you!
The city of Rioja is the capital of the province with the same name, located in the region of San Martín. It's one of the most cheerful and welcoming cites of the Amazonian part of Peru. It's rich in traditions of cultural expression; that's why it's known as the capital of the Amazonian folklore. On the surroundings of Rioja you will have the possibility of doing archaeological, cultural and adventure tourism. You can still appreciate the architecture of the colonial period in its mansions and constructions. On the outskirts of the city you can visit the cave Las Velas, which is a natural attraction of stalactites and stalagmites of curious shapes. The beach city of San Juan de Urifico is another busy place, because on its banks the most important festivals of Rioja are celebrated. Other natural attractions you can visit are the beaches of the Tónchima river, one of the largest rivers, and the cavern of Cascayunga, that is similar to the cave Las Velas, but with stalactites and stalagmites of brilliant colour. Rioja is famous as Capital of the Carnival of San Martín, because on the carnival period the "Fiesta Mágica Selvática" is celebrated, and it's one of the most crowded carnivals by locals and tourists. On this date the celebration is coloured and happy, feature of the jungle towns with dances, music, food and chants. The most beloved character of the festival is the Carnavalón, a dressed up participant that is the representative of the carnival festive spirit. Some typical dishes that you should taste in Rioja are "tacacho con cecina", "juanes de yuca", "patarashca" and "masato".