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Top Choice Amazonian in Moyobamba

La Olla de Barro

Don't miss this local institution, set up tiki-lounge-style, where you can double-dare your friends to try fried ants or alligator, all while you savor the phenomenal inchicapi (chicken soup with peanuts, cilantro a…
Top Choice Coffee in Moyobamba

Aromacafé

The coffee is exquisite – made by people who know how to bring out the best flavors – at this coffee bar full of pop-culture collectables. While you’re waiting for the steam to heat up your cappuccino, examine the m…
Cafe in Moyobamba

Café Bet-El

Serving up truly excellent coffee (including frappuccinos), Bet-el is affiliated to a small hotel. A large coffee roaster greets you at the door (always a good sign), and inside there’s plenty of room to commune wit…
Hill in Moyobamba

Morro de Calzada

Drawing your eye on your way into Moyobamba from the west is a craggy hill rising abruptly out of the flat forest. This is the Morro de Calzada (550m), a wildlife-rich natural feature encased in a protected reserve …
Nature Reserve in Moyobamba

Reserva Tingana

This community-run nature reserve protects a swath of forest on the upper Río Mayo that is home to monkeys and a wide variety of birds, frogs and butterflies. The tourism cooperative offers day tours that include tr…
Gardens in Moyobamba

Waqanki Orchid Center

This showcase garden replete with some 400 species of orchid growing in a beautiful forest is located 5km south of the 'City of Orchids.' Providing a wonderful natural alliance is an adjacent hummingbird garden wher…
Viewpoint in Moyobamba

Mirador Tahuishco

Head to this viewpoint seven blocks northeast of the plaza for supreme panoramas of the Mayo River valley below. (Stairs head down the mountainside to the river port.) It's a potentially tranquil spot, depending on …
Steak in Moyobamba

El Matador

Great little upscale (for Moyobamba) steakhouse serving chicken and just five slabs of carne (meat) on the parrilla (grill): sirloin, tri-tip, beefsteak, pork chop and barbecue ribs. There are a few more reds on the…
Museum in Moyobamba

Museo Departmental de San Martín

Moyobamba's tiny museum devotes most of its space to the Chachapoyas culture and its history including some unearthed ceramics and textile work.
Gardens in Moyobamba

Jardín Botánico San Francisco

The Moyobamba region is famed for its orchids, and you can see these and other exotic plants in a giant geodesic-domed hothouse at the Jardín Botánico San Francisco. It’s 2km from town, a S5 mototaxi ride away.