Nicknamed the “City of Palms”, Tarapoto is nestled at the base of the Andean foothills and the lush jungles of eastern Peru. Tarapoto grants access to numerous jungle waterfalls, while the town center reveals history museums, a local cigar factory and historic landmarks highlighting activities by indigenous tribes.
Things to do in Tarapoto
Explore Tarapoto’s main square to discover Museo Regional Universidad Nacional de San Martin, a small museum showcasing the region’s history. It boasts ethnographic and archaeological collections related to the Peruvian Upper Amazon and showcases a 450-year-old Shimbillo-Chazuta mummy.
Cigar aficionados should explore the fascinating Tabacalera del Oriente cigar factory. Show up early for a guided tour to observe workers hand rolling the region’s finest cigars and pick up a box at a bargain price.
Lace up your boots and visit some of the region’s most beautiful natural wonders. Hike the lush jungle trails at Cataratas del Ahuashiyacu to be rewarded with impressive waterfall views, then swim in the chilly plunge pool. Hire a guide to reach Cataratas de Huacamaillo, which can be found after a one-hour hike along the banks of the Rio Cumbaza.
Visit the ancient archaeological site of Petroglyphs of Polish to gain insight on centuries-old activities in the region. Carved into large grey boulders, the various shapes and designs are highlighted with white mineral pigments inscribed by local indigenous tribes.
Getting around Tarapoto
You can access Tarapoto by flying into Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, then taking a domestic flight into Guillermo del Castillo Paredes Airport or a long-distance bus. When in town, taxis and mototaxis are available.