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With a population of nearly 200,000, Pucallpa is Peru’s fastest growing jungle town, situated on the banks of the Ucayali river in the heart of the Amazon basin.


Like most third world communities, it has all the problems associated with hastily built frontier towns: bad roads, a lack of even the most basic sanitation facilities, and various other economic deprivations. Most of the population live a subsistence existence in one or two roomed wooden huts. Medical and educational facilities are severely limited.

Pucallpa is a commercial centre and the logging, rubber and oil industries provide much of its revenue and contribute much to the rapid deforestation of the area.


  1. Christina Coffman

    11th August 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I am looking to buy Shipibo embrodered and painted clothing and also embrodered cloth and rattles and more. I have been to Pullacapa twice and have sent Richard Salas Sarmiento money several times to send me Shipibo items. He has not done this and I am looking for a way to get (as soon as possible) Shipibo items. . .I can wholesale as well.

    Please write me and if possible, send some pictures of things you would have available. I want to support my Shipibo family and friends there.

  2. 3rd December 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Sorry for not replying to you before. Richard Salas Sarmiento is not to be trusted he has also stolen money on me. If you still want shipibo stuff I know someone trustworthy in Peru who you could do business with.Let me know

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