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Tarapoto, known as the "City of Palms," is located in the District of San Martín, "la tierra de las cataratas" (the land of waterfalls), located on the high jungle plateau in the northern part of Peru.


At latitude 6� 30' 5 S and longitude 76� 21' 56 W, Tarapoto sits in the valley where the two rivers, the Cumbaza and Shilcayo, meet. Bordered by the cities of Morales (on the West) and Banda de Shilcayo (on the East) Tarapoto is the commercial center of the District and one of the larger metropolitan centers in the Amazon Rainforest.

While Tarapoto is sometimes overlooked by tourists heading to Iquitos, visitors will find that because of its cloud forest location at an altitude over 350 meters, the temperatures won't get as hot, usually not above 95 degrees Fahrenheit, and perhaps more importantly, the humidity is not generally as high as the low jungle. Many day trips within a half-hour to a two-hour drive from Tarapoto include some of the most spectacular natural beauty anywhere, historic wonders, and some of the places have cooler weather than in the city. There are scenic outlooks, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, fauna and flora of all sorts, and some of the most interesting people in the world live in this area.

Tarapoto has many restaurants, hotels, Internet cafes, markets, and other attractions that would interest tourists from all walks of life. With a rich cultural heritage and many historic landmarks nearby, it is a great place for people who want something more than just a hammock and a tropical drink -- although the latter can be found readily as well. Few businesses have air conditioning. There are several hotels that have air conditioning, but many do not so it is important to ask.

Another thing travelers should be sure to ask about before checking into a hotel -- unless they don't mind a cold shower -- is if the room has hot water; many do not. In most neighborhoods, there is no running water during the early afternoon and early morning, so it is also wise to ask about the hours of availability of water -- although many hotels and restaurants have their own holding tanks for water which makes it no problem.

One of the things that makes Tarapoto attractive to travelers who have discovered this city is the fact that it is a great central location in the northern part of Peru. The mountains (high sierra) to the west, and the jungle (selva) to the east, make Tarapoto a good place to call home-base when visiting northern Peru. A modern airport makes travel to the major cities fairly easy, if only somewhat dependable, with daily flights to and from Lima.

In many ways, Tarapoto still has a "small town" atmosphere. While it is always necessary to keep alert when traveling anywhere, Tarapoto is a place one can relax more. Europeans and North Americans are not targets of crime as much as in the other places like Trujillo, Cusco, and Lima. Since there aren't as many tourists around Tarapoto, the locals don't see too many foreigners. So expect to be noticed if you don't look like a Peruvian, but tourists generally find themselves treated very well in Tarapoto.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

LAN, TACA and Star Peru fly between Lima and Tarapoto. Star Peru also flies to/from Iquitos daily and Pucallpa four times weekly.

Also, you can take a «avioneta», a small airplane with maximum capacity of 9 persons, to a few places, amongst other Chachapoyas with the daily flights. For more information check:

By boat[edit]

Boats from Pucallpa, Iquitos and Lagunas arrive in nearby Yurimaguas. From there Buses from Selva Tours for 10 S or a bit faster Collectivo Taxis for 20 S go to Tarapoto in 2 hours.

By bus[edit]

There are bus services from Lima, which roughly take 26 hours via Trujillo & Chiclayo. Long distance buses stop close to a gas station near Salverry and Aviación.

Combis from Yurimaguas (S./ 10 as per January 2016) and any other combi run by Turismo Selva arrive at Alfonso Ugarte and Belaunde. From Chachapoyas there are several daily combis, S/. 35 and 8 hours or one Nightbus leaving Chachapoya at 8.30 pm for S/. 40 by Turismo Virgen del Carmen. url="" From Tarapoto it leaves at 8.30am to Chachapoyas.

Don't pay more than S/. 3 between the two terminals. The sharks of mototaxi drivers in Tarapoto have the habit of milking the tourist.

Ground transportation: Turismo Selva offers Vans to the East Yurimaguas, south Tocache and west. Vans leave regularly when full. Destinations and Prices are as follows (12/19): Chachapoyas, 42 Soles, leaves at 7 am, 10 am, 12 am. Bagua, 47 Soles, leaves at 8 am, 11 am. Tocache leaves at 6:30 am and 9:30 am. Regular destinations all day long include Yurimaguas for 15 Soles (2-2,5h) and Moyobamba for 15 Soles (2h). From the Terminal de buses Morales leave big (long distance) busses to many destinations especially in the morning (from 8 am. to 4 pm.). The last bus leaves at 8 pm. for Chachapoyas via Pedro Ruiz and costs 40 Sole, the last bus to the west for Lima leaves at 6 pm.

Get around[edit]

A mototaxi looks like a horse pulled carriage but instead of horses, it is a motorcycle that is pulling the carriage. The "carriage" is not fancy and most mototaxi don't have doors, so people riding the mototaxi are pretty much out in the open. The roads could be really bumpy and that's why most people prefer automobile taxis but they are available in lesser numbers. But whether tourists use a taxi or mototaxi, they should always negotiate the price of the trip before getting into the vehicle, or they might find themselves paying far more than necessary for the ride. Mototaxi drivers are sometimes reckless, so tourists should not hesitate to tell the driver to slow down if necessary.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Centro Urku - An animal rescue center and overall a beautiful place.
  • Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu

Not really worth the money (the taxi, not the 3 sol entrance fee). A nice waterfall but the pond is tiny and if you want to swim you have to squeeze through hordes of peruvians.

  • Cataratas de Huacamaillo
  • Petroglyphs of Polish

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Wayra Sacha, (1h walking above Tarapoto or 15min by car then 30min walking), 0051-42-52 2261, 0051-42 942 90 32 57 (Stephanie Gallusser)0051-42 942 486026 (Cesar Ramírez) (), [1]. It is an organic "chacra", local term for a farm in the forest where you can go for a walk, stay overnight or longer if you want to be a volunteer. It has a large area of natural forest and borders the conservation area of the Cordillera Escalera, and it is a good place to see local wildlife by day or by night. The owners, Cesar and Stephanie are very welcoming. They are biologists and know very well the local flora and fauna, they can show you butterflies, birds, frogs, medicinal plants, natives fruits, etc. Very nice walks are available in the surroundings to go deeper in the forest or to reach waterfalls nicer than the ones you can access from the road.To get there, it is better to contact them first so that they can organise your stay or carry your staff for the night on moto. Prices are reasonable, and depends on what you want (night, meals, guided tour...). Don't expect to be hosted in a four-stars bedroom but you will enjoy wild night sounds.  edit
  • Go to the new movie theatre of Tarapoto. A new one has just opened (Jr Alfonso Ugarte). If it is raining too much and you want to watch movies in spanish, enjoy!
  • Visit the Tabacalera del Oriente cigar "factory" in town.
  • Walk along the Shilcayo River - take the Jr Alerta road along the Shilcayo for 3 km, then it becomes a small path which goes far into the forest following the river and it is a nice walk. If you have children, they might be interested in visiting Urku (on the left, about 2km from Tarapoto), where they have monkeys and others animals rescued from captivity. And At the end of the 3km starts a conservation area from conservation asociation Flora y Fauna. A walk that could be for 30 min to a natural pool or 2 hours walk, crossing the river 14 times and can get to the waterfalls. The entrance to the natural park its 10 soles and can stay the night there for 10 more, you would need to take your own tent or hammock. For a tour you can call Yuntawasi hostel: 0420585143
  • White water rafting - almost every tourist agency will sell the same trip for between S/. 55-70 (great value - in Cusco it is more like US$55-70!). Two trips daily, 9am-1pm, or 3pm-7pm.


Pishurayacu 3-4 hours Huacamaillo 3-4 hours Toroyacu 6hours tununtunumpa 5 hours (Chazuta)

Visit: Chocolate factory in chazuta from the ladies from Mishki Cacao and take a boat to any small town in chazuta.

A Beach day in shapaja.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Krishina Bog, Jr. Legura 347, Tarapoto (Only a few blocks from Plaza de armas), 980365659 and 980369887 (). day and evening. menu for 7 soles.  edit This place serves only vegetarian food. The Indian owner is very nice. Very tasteful vegetarian food.

  • Co-Working, Psje Las flores 124 la banda de shilcayo (near ex hotel rio shilcayo), 042 585143 (). day and evening. Bowl 9 soles.  edit
  • El Pacifico Rest Bar, Jr. Alegría Arias de Morey 571, Tarapoto. 11:30AM–10PM. Nice vegetarian-friendly restaurant located a few blocks away from Plaza De Armas. The owner is a friendly young man. The place is clean. They serve local cuisines like Almuerzo menu from S/5. S/5.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are many discos in the Morales district. Highlights include Anaconda, Aqua and Bunker. It can be closed at the beginning of the week, but it is open and generally free from thursday to sunday.

In the street in front of the restaurant Patarashca, about two blocks from the Plaza de Armas (in the direction of the artesanal market), they are bars with drinks and music at night. I think it is Calle Bolognesi or Calle Lamas.

The musmuki bar is a good adress to try some coktails from the jungle. (about one bloc from the plaza de armas,when you left on the Scotia Bank side in Calle Moyobamba)

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • La Posada Inn, Jiron San Martin (only 50 metres from the Plaza). A reasonable place to stay in the centre of Tarapoto, quieter than some hotels there and has wifi, hot and cold water and a good restaurant. Habitación simple for S./ 50..  edit
  • Hospedaje Samak Wasi, Jr. Cahuide 362 (three blocks from the Plaza.), 942446437. They offer rooms with private bathrooms (Simple: S/. 30, Matrimonial: S/. 35, Double: S/. 40, Triple: S/. 60).  edit
  • Los Huingos Lodge, (only 10 minutes from the center of the city, if walking. And less than 5 minutes using public transport.), +5142524147 Cellphone: 979787184/ 994974181 (), [2]. (Simple s/.80, double s/.100, Twin s/.140, Triple s/.180).  edit
  • Home Yuntawasi, Calle Manuela Morey 670 (about 6 blocks from the Plaza de Armas), S/. 4 in a mototaxi from the combi bus terminals. Free filtered water and washing machine, large kitchen. Dorms for S/. 28.
  • Sachahuasca Backpacker, Sinchi Roca 256 (1.5 blocks down from Tarapoto General Cemetery), 527732, [3]. Clean, quiet (inexpensive) place just outside the centre, kitchen, refrigerator, free WiFi, handy to small shops and cold beer. Easy walk to fruit sellers, central market and bus terminals. S/. 2-3 to anywhere by moto-taxi. Great info and connections for on-going travel. Simple S./ 20..  edit
  • Albergue El Achual (Hostel), Prolongacion Alerta cdra. 2, Tarapoto. El Achual located next to "Takiwasi" on the Shilcayo River features a comfortable common area and has a pleasant staff. Great potential, however, the property is rundown. Rooms can be musty. Kitchen and refrigerator need a thorough sanitizing. A 10-15 minute walk uphill from the main square. S/ 20-45.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Moyobamba - the capital of the region. Bus ride takes about 2 hours from Tarapoto.
  • Sauce - relaxing lakeside town 1.5 hours away from Tarapoto around the Laguna Azul.
  • Yurimaguas - The doors to the Amazon. Now that the road is new, you can get there in about 2 hours in shared taxi.
  • Iquitos - if you don't fancy the boat trip downstream from Yurimaguas then Star Peru has daily flights direct to Iquitos.

There are more frequent options to Chachapoyas from Nuevo Cajamarca, if there are no Vans left from Tarapoto.

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