Welcome to Tarapoto
Hot, noisy, mototaxi-infested Tarapoto straddles the base of the Andean foothills, providing an unlikely entry ticket into the vast jungles of eastern Peru. A sweltering rainforest metropolis, it dips its toe into the Amazon Basin while managing to cling to the rest of Peru by the umbilical cord of a long paved road back to civilization. People come here more for the sights that surround the town than the town itself – although it's by no means an unpleasant place. From Tarapoto you can take the plunge deeper into the Amazon, or just enjoy the easily accessible jungle-lite, with plenty of places to stay and eat, and reliable connections to the coast. There’s a bunch of natural sights to explore nearby, from waterfalls to lagoons, while river-running opportunities will entertain the adventure-seeking contingent.