Top things to do

Top Choice Bar in Tarapoto

La Alternativa

Like drinking in a medieval pharmacy or maybe a Tarantino film, a night out here hearkens to a time when alcohol was literally medicine (like, for ailments, not for your emotional problems); and your local apothecar…
Top Choice Peruvian in Tarapoto

La Patarashca

Outstanding regional Amazon cuisine is on tap at this casual 2nd-floor place. Don’t miss the salad of chonta, thin strips of local hearts of palm, with avocados doused in vinaigrette; or the namesake patarashcas, he…
Burgers in Tarapoto

Banana’s Burgers

Bar stool burger bar and regional juices.
Italian in Tarapoto

Café d’ Mundo

This dark and sexy restaurant-bar is illuminated nightly by moody candlelight. It has outdoor seating and snug indoor lounges. Good pizzas are the mainstay (try the caprese with avocado), but interesting regional la…
Peruvian in Tarapoto

La Collpa

You can practically taste the jungle air at this stilt restaurant, with a bamboo balcony over a river and a patch of rainforest. The menu offers up everything imaginable, from ceviche (raw seafood marinated in lime …
Fast Food in Tarapoto

Real Grill

An institution right on the Plaza de Armas, this place has (noisy) outdoor tables and serves pastas, Chinese meals, local dishes, meat, seafood, burgers and so on. The food is middle of the road.
Club in Tarapoto


This nightclub has live salsa bands or DJ-fuelled dancing. Popular with young locals and travelers, it’s in the Morales district, by the Río Cumbaza about 3km west of the center. Mototaxis go there for under S3.
Bar 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 bold and beautiful …
Museum in Tarapoto

Museo Regional

This tiny museum next to the university has archaeological pieces from around the region.
Self-Catering in Tarapoto

Supermercado la Inmaculada

This supermarket has everything you might need for self-catering.