Drinking and nightlife in Northern Highlands

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Tarapoto

    La Alternativa

    Like drinking in a medieval pharmacy or maybe a Tarantino film, a night out here hearkens back to a time when alcohol was literally medicine (like, for ailments, not for your emotional problems) and your local apothecary was the place to get sauced on God-knows-what elixir that happened to be inside the bottle.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Cajamarca


    For an intimate local experience, head to this hole-in-the-wall dive bar run by eccentric local musician Jaime Valera, who has managed to cultivate a heap of charisma in such a small space. He sings his heart out with his musician friends and you walk out with an unforgettable travel memory.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Chachapoyas

    La Reina

    An artsy spot to lubricate your mind very cheaply on exotic fruit drinks and Amazonian liqueurs by the shot (S1.50) or the jar (from S18). The 11 options include mora (blackberry), the most popular; maracuyá (passion fruit), the best; and seven raíces and chuchuhuasi, two notorious Amazonian aphrodisiacs. The bar inhabits an elegantly aging courtyard in a traditional Chacha mansion.

  • Nightlife in Tarapoto

    Stonewasi Taberna

    Pretenders come and go, but this local institution is still the place to see and be seen in Tarapoto. Recycled sewing tables street-side are chock-full of punters, mototaxi drivers and the town’s à la mode crowd thronging to a theme of international rock and house music.

  • Nightlife in Celendín

    Tiesto Café Bar

    Celendín has sprouted a bit of trendy nightlife with this slick little bar, best visited for its multicolored cocktails including the ubiquitous pisco sours. On weekend evenings DJs spin ambient sounds and the local 20-somethings crowd in to claim their 2-for-1s.

  • Nightlife in Tarapoto

    La Fruta Madre

    If you're off the alcohol, pursuing some weird jungle cleansing diet or just love fruity smoothies with empanadas thrown in for good measure, park yourself on one of the fruit-colored chairs at this healthy nook and grab a straw.

  • Nightlife in Cajamarca


    Find a spot to down your pisco sours in one of the rooms full of vintage furniture upstairs, then head down to the courtyard to hit the dance floor in this atmospheric bar right by Belén. The affiliated small bar next door keeps more regular nightly hours.

  • Nightlife in Chachapoyas

    Los Troncos

    This Chachapoyas version of a dive bar really is a dive with worn plastic seats, musty aromas and bar staff who may or may not look up when you walk in. Good for cheap shots and loud music.