Arriving To Tarapoto
It takes just one hour from Lima and there are daily flights operated by four airlines. Many hotels provide an Airport pickup service. Alternatively, you can use `Motokar´rickshaws which are licensed to operate in the airport. The ride takes 10-15 minutes and the cost is around 7 soles. Tarapoto is an interesting and relatively quiet city with a population of around 150,000, and offers plenty of good dining options.
Airlines flying Lima – Tarapoto
Please note that during the rainy season (Jan-March) in particular, flights can get delayed or occasionally cancelled if rain is especially heavy.
What to Bring
It's best to bring different layers so you can be flexible and adaptable depending on what each day brings. Certainly, due to being on a mountain with lots of vegetation, it can get damp with sudden shifts in temperature as cloud covers over the sky. For ceremonies, a set of warm clothes including socks is recommended in case the night is chilly. Humidity can make the steps and walkways slippery, especially after the rain, so please choose your footwear carefully.
• Clothes for both warm and cool weather
• Comfortable warm layers for ceremonies
• Warm socks or slippers
• Battery powered headlamp/head torch and spare batteries
• Natural bug repellant
• Small padlock if you want to use personal lockbox
• Light boots with a good grip
• Flip-flops, Crocs, sandals or slip-on shoes
• Poncho or raincoat
• Bathing suit (for dip in waterfall)
Where to Stay
All of the major travel sites, Expedia, Hotwire, Booking.com, TripAdvisor, etc. can provide information on staying in Tarapoto. The following are some options to consider. We encourage you to make a booking as soon as you are ready as some hotels can be booked up due to local festivals and events. Many hotels have websites in English, as well as online booking systems.
Hotels near Lima Airport
Followings are some suggestions for a stay in the vicinity of the airport.
Hotel in Tarapoto
This four star Apart-Hotel is the most modern hotel in Tarapoto. Just outside the center about 5 minutes by rickshaw, it is a chilled spot with nice swimming pool, and a good place to recover after travelling.
DM Hotels Tarapoto
Outside city center, but convenient by rickshaw. Used to be called Hotel Rio Shilcayo, very green and tranquil, fantastic grounds. Great pool. Variety of rooms/bungalows available.
Hotel Boca Raton
In city center, close to the main plaza, markets and cafes.
Casa de Palos
Great location next to French bakery café and Italian restaurant, one block from the main plaza. Charming rooms and ambience with lovely staff.
Outside city center, green and tranquil, less convenient by rickshaw but 15 minutes walk to the city center. Large rooms with kitchenettes, good value for money.
Great rooftop space with amazing city views. Good location for the main plaza. Friendly staff.