Folklore in Tarapoto


The dances, music and songs of Tarapoto have great influence of people of Lamas, inherited from the Chanca and Andean areas.


Between dances include the pandilla, the chimaichi and the dance of Izana. The wind and percussion instruments have a greater influence.


In this area there are many stories, legends and myths, among which the chulla chaqui, the runa mula and Tunchi.


Feasts of Tarapoto



Movable (February - March) Great festival celebrated with parades and dancing in pandillas, night of joy, marching bands, feast of the cutting the umbisha, beauty contest and election of Miss Carnival.



In the Amazon area of Peru, Saint John the Baptist has taken on a major symbolic significance because of the importance of water as a vital element in the entire Amazon region. This is why June 24 (St. John's the Baptist's day) is the most important date on the festival calendar in the entire Peruvian jungle. The northeastern city of Tarapoto hosts a variety of festivals and public events: fiestas with typical local bands where cooks dish up some of the regional cuisine, featuring tacacho (baked banana) and juanes (rice pastries), named after the patron saint, San Juan Bautista. This carnival atmosphere, redolent with the warmth of the local hospitality, has given rise to the myth of a special sensuality to be found inTarapoto. It is widely held that the best aphrodisiacs are concocted in Tarapoto, potions blended from fruits and herbs steeped in sugarcane alcohol, with strange and suggestive names. The best-known is without a doubt the chuchuhuasi, fermented from a local root. Beauty contest and election of Miss San Juan, Sanmartiniense Juane festival.



They give rise to the July 7 with the preemptive strike and continues through July 18. Dance pandillas concentrated in the main square and ends with caza del pato (duck hunting) and the delivery of the "vote" to the organizers of the festival the following year. Dances and employers throughout the city.



Held the 2nd week of July, band concerts in the Plaza de Armas (main square), musical shows, dance troupes, employer's celebration of the Holy Cross of Motilones.



Held the first week of November. Orchid exhibition and competition.



The best expressions of the artisans are ceramic works, utilitarian and decorative. Hats and purses made ​​of straw bombonaje, highlighting hats Rioja , ornaments and necklaces of seeds and roots.



  • Avispajuane: Has the same features of juane of rice, but has no egg, add ground pork.
  • Juane de Gallina: It is a traditional dish in the festivities of San Juan. It is shaped like a big tamale, prepared with rice, chicken and eggs, which is wrapped in a sheet called bijao.
  • Ninajuane: This dish is similar to earlier in his presentation but that is prepared with beaten egg and chicken wrapped in banana leaves. Both are cooked traditionally in so-called "tushpas" which are typical cuisines of coal or wood.
  • Tacacho with cecina and/or chorizo: The tacacho, is the fried banana and crushed to be mixed with pork fat, usually served with beef jerky, which is the dry pork and smoked, or regional sausage is a sausage made ​​with pig's small intestines and stuffed with ground beef but it spicy.
  • Inchicapi: It is a soup prepared from ground peanuts or liquefied chicken farm, cassava, corn, cilantro leaf, garlic, salt and cumin.
  • Patarashca: It is a typical food of the jungle, which descends from the ancient inhabitants. This meal includes any type of local fish wrapped in banana leaf or plant bijao call, and prepares roasted, baked or boiled, of course with condiments.
  • Timbushe: It's a fresh fish soup, beaten eggs and cilantro, which is also known by the name plate "dead lift" by the restorative properties that have after long days of festivities.

Among the typical drinks in the area are the masato, chapo, the ventisho, chicha of maize, aguajina, cocona and grape juice. The exotic and aphrodisiacs drinks are siete raices (seven roots), chuchuhuasi, uvachado and cerezachado.


As the area producer and exporter of coffee, you should drink a good coffee organically produced plants and shade.


Carnival of Tarapoto



San Juan Feast

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