Best hotels and hostels in Northern Highlands

  • Lodging in Tarapoto

    Tucan Suites

    This chic apartment-hotel in the barrio (neighborhood) of Banda de Shilcayo is Tarapoto’s only four-star accommodations. Spacious one- and two-bedroom suites feature chrome-tiled kitchenettes and soundproof glass, another city first (and wholly welcomed). Eight of the duplex rooms have open-air kitchenettes and the restaurant drops out onto a tri-level pool terrace. You’ll sleep no sounder in town than here.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Leimebamba

    Kentitambo

    This wonderfully romantic guesthouse is an exclusive getaway for discerning nature lovers. King-sized beds and filtered rainwater showers are highlights of the colorful, rustic bungalows built in earthquake-proof quincho (mud hut) style. But the real coup is the spacious front porch with hammocks that reach into the surrounding nature – perfect for ogling the exotic birdlife congregating on the property.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tarapoto

    La Patarashca

    It must be hard to recreate a tranquil jungle resort in the middle of hot, honking Tarapoto, but La Patarashca pulls it off with aplomb. The key(s): sprawling grounds with jungle-like fauna, a curvaceous turquoise swimming pool, spacious common areas replete with books and art, and comfortable rooms adorned with florescent paintings and crafty lamps that feel homey and welcoming.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cajamarca

    Posada del Purhuay

    This luxuriously restored 1822 hacienda, sitting on 23 hectares off the road to Granja Porcón, is a true find. The relaxing grounds are meticulously groomed, leading to a lovely hotel offering discerning service and a step-back-in-time appeal. Spacious rooms, chock-full of antiquated charm and period furnishings, surround an impeccable courtyard and fountain.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Chachapoyas

    La Xalca

    It's hard to believe that this drop-dead-handsome colonial edifice was built from scratch only a few years ago – the elegant wood and adobe walls and balconies are gloriously authentic. Melding modern minimalism with sturdy tradition, the hotel abounds with inviting communal spaces decked out with comfy sofas, hand-carved furniture and curious art. Best hotel in town, hands down.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Chachapoyas

    Chachapoyas Backpackers

    A godsend in a region not overflowing with hosteling options, this travelers' nexus doesn't just go through the motions, it excels. Offering clean, uncluttered rooms and dorms ignited by splashes of color plus a well-stocked communal kitchen and hot showers, it doubles up as a local information portal masterfully overseen by keen multilingual staff.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tarapoto

    Pumarinri Amazon Lodge

    This thatched-roof retreat on the banks of the Río Huallaga and surrounded by transitional mountain rainforest is a perfect escape from the mototaxi blues. Most rooms are upscale-basic but very comfortable with expansive river-view terraces. It's located 30km east of Tarapoto.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Northern Highlands

    Gocta Andes Lodge

    This classy lodge in Cocachimba is one of the special spots in the Northern Highlands, sitting in a supremely idyllic setting with unimpeded views to the falls, both from the rooms and the small infinity pool. Said rooms feature lovely kaleidoscopic textiles, cozy down comforters, vaulted ceilings and balconies that frame the falls like a painting.

  • Lodging in Cajamarca

    Hatuchay Inka-Aparthotel

    These classy apartments characterized by their sloping ceilings, elegant arches and eclectic paintings combine the convenience of a hotel (there’s a reception area and substantial breakfasts are provided) and the intimacy of a B&B (the owners are very involved and congenial), with the space and independence of an apartment (you get your own lounge and full-service kitchen).

  • Lodging in Cajamarca

    El Portal del Marques

    The erstwhile marquis who once owned this handsome house must have reigned over a veritable palace. It's now a smart hotel with 41 rooms. When you've finished admiring the ornate portal, enter through the modern reception and behold the huge colonial courtyard. Rooms are a mix of modern and traditional with woven Peruvian art pieces adorning the walls.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Moyobamba

    El Portón

    In the middle of downtown, seemingly oblivious to the honks of 100 mototaxis, El Portón hides a heavenly little garden full of exotic jungle plants behind a high wall. Surrounding the greenery are the small but charming rooms, each equipped with an alfresco hammock, comfy beds and bright Peruvian paintings on the walls.

  • Lodging in Cajamarca

    Hotel Cajamarca

    The grand covered courtyard with its soft settees makes a perfect introduction, while the sleek rooms with parquet floors, crisp duvets and shiny bathrooms give an encouraging second impression. Obviously designed by someone with an eye for function and history, the Cajamarca strikes a good balance between modernity and colonial character.

  • Lodging in Moyobamba

    La Casa de Seizo

    In a verdant and idyllic setting outside Moyobamba overlooking a couple of Japanese-style ponds and with a soundtrack of birdsong from the feathered fauna that frequent the grounds. The well-appointed, but rustic rooms have exposed-brick walls, but no TVs. However, the highlight here is the food. La Casa de Seizo is a short walk from the San Mateo hot springs.

  • Lodging in Kuélap

    Marvelous Spatuletail Lodge

    The name isn’t a boast about the lodge’s quality (although it is pretty marvelous) but rather a reference to the Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbirds that frequent its flowery grounds. The birds aren't the only allure at this isolated retreat built in the style of an old country hacienda and located within shouting distance of the Kuélap ruins.

  • Lodging in Tarapoto

    Chirapa Manta

    Staying at this tranquil ecological retreat, surrounded by birdlife and butterflies, is like taking a chill pill and waking up in a new, less frenetic dimension. Set among lush vegetation on the banks of the upper Río Cumbaza, a 40-minute drive northwest of Tarapoto, this is where people come for 'wellness,' yoga, detoxification and 'spiritual reconnection.'

  • Lodging in Tarapoto

    Shimiyacu Lodge

    This small lodge offers an authentic Amazon experience just 3km from town, next to the Alto Shilcayo nature reserve and accessed by a narrow suspension bridge. Perched on a hillside are a handful of well-designed, thatched A-frame bungalows that look out over the lush jungle canopy. Each has a screened dining area and an enclosed main bedroom with polished wooden floors.

  • Lodging in Pedro Ruíz

    Owlet Lodge

    The Owlet Lodge offers large, exceptionally quiet rooms ideal for nature lovers and anyone who just wants to get away from the noise of civilization. It's a simple, rustic affair, the adornments being provided more by the birds outside than the comforts within. Gourmet meals are served in a dining room with views of mountainous forest.

  • Lodging in Cajamarca

    Hospedaje los Jazmines

    In a land of ubiquitous colonial courtyards, this friendly inn is a value standout. Compared to Cajamarca's grander mansions, the Jazmines appears a little quainter, more intimate and more lived-in. Small rooms set around a lush garden are simple but perfectly comfortable. Even better, the hotel's profits help sustain an orphanage for special-needs children in Los Baños del Inca.

  • Lodging in Tarapoto

    Cordillera Escalera Lodge

    Set in a beautiful garden surrounded by jungle around 1.5km out of town, this well-run lodge has cute little bungalows with sweeping views of forested mountains. The rooms are simple yet functional with good mattresses, fans and hot water, and they reverberate with the sounds of the jungle.

  • Lodging in Leimebamba

    La Casona

    This friendly, rambling guesthouse run by a brother-sister team is chock-full of antiquated character and homespun charm. Old rooms feature polished hardwood floors while all have modern bathrooms with hot water. Some also sport little balconies looking onto the quiet street below, while others have views over the town’s tiled roofs and surrounding mountains.