Valle de Guayabamba (Guayabamba Valley) encompasses the districts of San Nicolás, Mariscal Benavides, Longar, Cochamal and Huambo, and all are contained in the province of Rodríguez de Mendoza. The valley takes its name from the multiplicity of guava (guayaba) plants growing throughout the valley both for food and for sale.
A large percentage of the people living in this area are dedicated to growing coffee, especially since for many of them, the land and the skills have been passed from generation to generation. In fact, it could be said that in this place, coffee production is the both the culture and the tradition, and that richness is reflected in every cup.
It’s jungle terrain around Bagua Grande, and like in so many other places in Peru, the coffee farmers cultivate their trees on steep slopes, with trusty machetes at hand for pruning, weeding and a multitude of other uses.
The Amazonas Region
The Bagua Grande sector/zone where this coffee comes from is often called "The Heart of Amazonas,” offering an access into the Peruvian Amazon. This is real jungle–mists and rain and biodiversity on a grand scale. Spectacled
Bears are unique to the region, and birds of all kinds abound as well as butterflies and more. The Amazonas region itself stretches east of the Andes to the borders of Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil, and comprises a surprising 60% of the country of Peru. In fact, Peru contains the second largest portion of the Amazon rainforest (Brazil has the most).
To the west of Valle de Guayabamba and its districts is Chachapoyas province and it’s bordered on the other sides by the region of San Martin. Amazonas is not only famous for being one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, its soils are enormously fertile, its climate not too extreme, and it is home and source of many rivers. (No wonder the coffee from here is amazing)!