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Tarapoto is the largest city in the Department of San Martin in Peru with a population of about 60,000 people. Tarapoto at 350 meters above sea level is located at 76º West longitude and 6º 30´ South latitude, on the edge of the Amazon basin in N.E. Peru. The city lies between the valleys of the Cumbaza and Shilcayo rivers.

The city was founded on the August 20, 1782 by the Bishop of Trujillo, Monseñor Baltazar Martínez de Compagñón.Tarapoto is known as the City of Palms. The name Tarapoto is said to be derived from a type of palm tree that grows in the jungles of San Martin; the Taraputus. Another story is that the name Tarapoto came from the local usage of two words tara, for a measure, and poto a type of tree gourd used as a container.

Access to Tarapoto is by a 60 minute plane flight from Lima with Aerocontinente or Tans (once or twice a day), or by road that takes approximately 24 hours by coach-bus on a new asphalt road which goes from Lima to Tarapoto.

Tarapoto, Peru Forecast Because of the altitude and surrounding mountains, Tarapoto has a cooler climate than other major cities in the Peruvian Amazon. The average daytime temperature is 29°C and varies from 18°C to 34°C. The dry seasons are from June to October and December to February and rainy seasons February to June and October to December with heaviest rains in March and April and the driest period in July, August and September.

Attraction around Tarapoto include adventures to the nearby mountains and rivers for trekking, wildlife, horseback riding, and river rafting. Tarapoto is located in an ideal place to allow a traveler to visit the mountain regions of Chachapoyas and the jungle areas of the Pacaya - Samiria Reserve. Of particular interest are the towns near Tarapoto that are rich in Andes culture.

Quechua-Lamista Culture Tarapoto Top of Page

25 miles from Tarapoto lies the city of Lamas, capital of the Province of the same name located on a mountain overlooking the valley of Tarapoto. Lamas is the center of the Quechua-Lamista culture which is dispersed in small villages throughout the Province. The Quechua-Lamista culture is the third largest indigenous group in Peru with a population over 50,000.

According to legends, the Quechua-Lamistas are descended from the Chancas Indians who at one time rivaled the Incas in controlling the Andes highlands. After a fierce battle near Cusco the Chancas were defeated by the Inca Pachacutec where on they fled north to the area now called San Martin. Today they maintain their Quechua language, traditions, and culture.

The Lamistas are known for their capacity as artists making items for daily use, especially ceramics and articles woven from cotton. They often use a pre-Colombian native cotton that grows in three colors in San Martin, a brown cotton, a beige, and a white cotton. Other colors are made from local plants.

District of Sauce Tarapoto Top of Page

Traveling 36 kms. from Tarapoto to the Huallaga River and the 16km further on you will reach the Sauce Lagoon, known as "Laguna Azul" (Blue Lagoon). Originally the lake's name was Laguna de Saucicocha due to the proliferate medicinal plant "sauce" (willow).

The lagoon was created as a result of a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago and its history is abundant in traditions and legends. Two-star and three-star hostels are located at the lake and its waters are well-known for fishing, sailing, and an abundance of nature attractions.

Activities from Tarapoto include river-rafting and canoe adventures on the Mayo River, visits to Aahuashiyacu Falls and the Lamas Village, and excursions to the Moyabamba Orchid Gardens.

Tarapoto is a perfect destination for jungle adventures that allows an overland passage onward to Chachapoyas and the Kuelap Fortess.

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