City of Palms
Tarapoto, also called "the city of palms" was founded by the Spanish Bishop Baltazar Jaime Martínez de Compagnon and Bujanda on August 20, 1782 under the name of Santa Cruz Motilones of Tarapoto.
Today is the capital of the province of San Martin and is located 250 meters above sea level along the river Shilcayo in the foothills of the Regional Conservation Area Cordillera Escalera, amid dense vegetation. It has a population of 161 thousand inhabitants in urban areas are concentrated in the districts of Tarapoto, La Banda de Shilcayo and Morales.
Tarapoto is the main tourist and commercial hub of this part of northeastern Peru. The city is located in the valleys of the Cumbaza and Shilcayo rivers, and is the center of the terrestrial networks and areas between the mountains, the coast and eastern Peru.
Tarapoto is a commercial city of rapid urban growth and unplanned, with a high percentage of migrant population, modern building with big business, its rural population is engaged in the cultivation of coffee, cocoa and rice export industries. There are 4 universities in Tarapoto, Tarapoto is the site of the headquarters of the National University of San Martín, and the center of the cultural activity of the San Martín region.
It is a city of busy life, good fun and good food, the center of step and starting point for visiting the attractions of the department of San Martin. It has a good basic hotel infrastructure in the city and resort on the outskirts of the city, tour operators who organize tours around the city. Tarapoto offers a wide variety of hotels and restaurants in and around the city.
In the center you will find craft markets, local handicraft shops, restaurants and bars, shopping, banks and ATMs.
In the district of Morales, 3 km north of the city, active night-life, there are the fun nightclubs, discos and countryside recreation.
It is the city where hardly find a taxi as public transport is based on a motorbike taxis, motorcycles dominate.
Folklore in the area also offers a variety of expressions, crafts, festivals and employers, fine dining, traditional food like juanes, tacachos with cured meat, and grape soda cocona and exotic liquors. Great carnival celebrations, the feast of San Juan and Tourism Week. (more information ...)