Destination guide: Tarapoto, Peru
Tarapoto is one of the main tourism and business hubs in the Peruvian Amazon.
It has a tropical climate and stands out because of its natural beauty and diverse cultural attractions, as well as numerous places to visit.
Tarapoto has different sites of interest, such as the Sauce lake, the Chazutayacu hot springs, the Polish rock engravings, the Ahuashiyacu waterfalls and the Cumbaza holiday resort, as well as rapids in which to go kayaking and rafting.
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Tarapoto straddles the base of the Andean foothills and the edge of the vast jungles of eastern Peru. A sweltering rainforest metropolis, it dips its toe into the Amazon Basin while managing to cling to the rest of Peru by the umbilical cord of a long paved road back to civilization. From here you can take the plunge deeper into the Amazon, or just enjoy the easily accessible jungle lite, with plenty of places to stay and eat and reliable connections to the coast.
There’s a bunch of natural sights to explore nearby, from waterfalls to lagoons, and river-running opportunities will entertain the adventure-seeking contingent. The route from Moyobamba through Tarapoto and on to Yurimaguas is safe, but be sure to check the latest conditions.