Around Tarapoto


Polish Petroglyphs: 8,5 km / 5 miles from Tarapoto (20 minutes by car) These are figures of animals, plants, and some linguistic symbols in low relief. It is still not possible to date them accurately, even though some believe they correspond to the early period of the Chachapoyas. You find more petroglyphs at Cabo Leveau, 30 km / 19 miles from Tarapoto (1 hour).


Ahuashiyaku Waterfalls: 14 km / 9 miles northwest of Tarapoto (30 minutes by car and 15 minutes on foot). This 40 meter / 131 feet waterfall is located iniside Regional Conservation Area Cordillera Escalera, at 465 m.a.s.l. / 1526 f.a.s.l. The water flows over rocks densely surrounded by ferns, orchids, and diverse species of trees. In the surroundings, there are plenty of butterflies, birds, and insects to watch. It has restrooms, souvenir shop and kiosks with carbonated water and beverages.


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Near the waterfall there is a room to change clothes and a kiosk with drinks and snacks. Access from the entrance is through a path paved with cement and railings. (Photos of Ahuashiyacu)


Baths of the Cacique de Kanchiskucha (Kanchiskucha chieftain): 14 km / 9 miles from Tarapoto (40 minutes by car). According to the legend, this complex of natural pools was for the enjoyment of the local chieftains and their harems.


Shapaja Waterfalls: 21 km / 13 miles from Tarapoto (40 minutes) and a 40 - minute hike. You hike through thick vegetation to the crystal clear pool and the huge rock from where the water flows. Along the route, there are great quantities of birds to see.


Tirayaku Waterfalls: 30 km / 19 miles from Tarapoto (1 hour). This area possesses six pools of crystal clear water fed by different waterfalls, some 30 meters / 98 feet in height, surrounded by dense vegetation housing a great quantity of birds.


Paucaryacu Hot Springs: 35 km / 22 miles from Tarapoto (1 hour and 30 minutes). There are three pools of salty, sulfurous, hot water with an average respective temperature of 25ºC (77ºF), 36ºC (97ºF), and 45ºC (113ºF), that are supposed to have therapeutic properties.


Carpishoyaku Waterfalls and the San Jose Hot Springs: 36 km / 22 miles from Tarapoto (1 hour). After a 20 - minute hike, you arrive at the hot springs, a series of small waterfalls of hot water coming from the hill. From this spot, you can walk another 15 minutes to reach a large pool of warm water.


Chazuta Funeral Pots: 52 km / 32 miles from Tarapoto (1 hour and 30 minutes), along the Huallaga River. People of Quechua ethnicity, associated with the Lamas, noted for its pottery. Near the village are located the Funeral Urns of Chazuta, during recent excavations there were 65 findings among which 25 funeral urns, formed by vessels in which mummies were found. They also found tools and offerings. Some of the polls are in the Cultural Centre and Crafts Wasichay and other people in different neighborhoods.


Tununtunumba Waterfalls: 4 km / 2 - mile hike from Chazuta (1 hour and 30 minutes), along the banks of the Huallaga River. The main pool is fed by a 40 meter / 131 feet, three-level waterfall. The area is surrounded by a tall forest and abundant flora.


El Sauce: El Sauce Village is located 50 km south of the city of Tarapoto (2 hours and 30 minutes) and get to it by Fernando Belaunde Terry highway to a point where you take the detour, then the Huallaga river crossing trimaran from there 16 km of dirt road. The village is located on the shores of El Sauce Lagoon, also known as Blue Lagoon, has basic facilities of restaurants, hotels, small shops and shuttle bus to Tarapoto. The place is surrounded by orchards, pastures planted with corn, beans, plantain, cassava and rice, cattle pastures and forests of high forest. On the perimeter of the lagoon are located accommodations and resorts for tourists and visitors. (Photos of El Sauce)


El Sauce Lagoon: Also known as Blue Lagoon, is located along the El Sauce village. It covers an area of 350 hectares, and the deepest part is 35 meters / 115 feet. The water temperature varies from 25ºC (77ºF) to 28ºC (82ºF), and the color runs from green to blue. It is the home of herons, common kingfishers, muscovy ducks, eagles, different amphibians, reptiles, and fish. On the perimeter of the lagoon are located accommodations and resorts for tourists and visitors, is an ideal place for practicing water sports, there are canoes, sailboats, jet skis, skis and everything you need for fishing or just for relaxation. (Photos of El Sauce Lagoon)


Lago Lindo (Lindo Lake): 2 hours by 4x4 vehicle from the El Sauce Village or 20 minutes by motorboat from the El Sauce Lagoon. It is a private eco-tourist reserve on the southern end of the Blue lagoon. It is composed of two small lakes, Sunicocha, known commercially as Lindo Lake, and Limon Cocha, characterized by its salt water. The beauty of Lindo Lake is typified by the pristine vegetation surrounding it, where a large variety of birds and insects can be found. (Photos of Lago Lindo)


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