Sights in Tarapoto

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PLAZA DE ARMAS -- A tour of Tarapoto will almost always begin with a mototaxi (or taxi if you have a lot of luggage) ride from the airport to the Plaza de Armas, the downtown district where many hotels are located.  The Plaza de Armas is the center of the world for many Tarapotinos.  Most banks, many retail stores and government agencies are within a block or two from the Plaza de Armas,  It is where they go to gather in the cool (sometimes "not so hot" rather) of the evening.  It is where they go to see and be seen.  On weekends there are often live bands and other entertainment and occasionally food or book fairs. 

HOLIDAYS -- At Christmas time the Santas circle the Plaza on their make-shift sleighs, made from mototaxis decorated complete with plywood reindeer.  The Plaza de Armas was decorated for Christmas for the first time this year.  And they did it in a big way.  A giant Christmas tree was erected in the center of the square, and lighted with many colored lights.  The lights that encircled the perimeter of the Plaza were abandoned quickly, as the bulbs were stolen.  Chrismas in a tropical paradise can be someone enjoyable, especially for one who has never seen Christmas lights on a palm tree.

PLAZA DE SUCHICHE --  Just about four blocks uphill from the Plaza de Armas is Plaza de Suchiche, where the original settlers in Tarapotos built their homes around the small pond there.  Eventually, the pond was drained and filled in where the park is now.  Plaza de Suchiche is sometimes a busy place on a weekend night, but not as crowded as the Plaze de Armas.  It is more of a residential park than the commercial Plaza de Armas, and will interest those seeking to see a neighborhood with an easy walk just outside the business district.

BOULEVAR -- A good view of the neighboring city of Banda de Shilcayo can be seen, both in the day and night, from Boulevar de Maynas, usually called simply "Boulivar."  There are a couple of pubs there where one can find a cool drink and sit and look into a lovers eyes while listening to the jungle frogs in the trees below, or watch the lights come on at the Electric plant across the Rio de Shilcayo at the foot of the steep hill.  One can walk down the hill by the concrete stairway down from Boulivar, but not recommended at night due to the poor lighting on the stairs at dark.

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Plaza de Armas

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  A tour of Tarapoto will almost always begin with a mototaxi (or taxi if you have a lot of luggage) ride from the airport to the Plaza de Armas, the downtown district where many hotels are located.  The Plaza de Armas is the center of the world for many Tarapotinos.  Most banks, many retail stores and government agencies are within a block or two from the Plaza de Armas,  It is where they go to gather in the cool (sometimes "not so hot" rather) of the evening.  It is where they go to see and be seen.  On weekends there are often live bands and more..

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Plaza de Suchiche

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Just about four blocks uphill from the Plaza de Armas is Plaza de Suchiche, where the original settlers in Tarapotos built their homes around the small pond there.  Eventually, the pond was drained and filled in where the park is now.  Plaza de Suchiche is sometimes a busy place on a weekend night, but not as crowded as the Plaze de Armas.  It is more of a residential park than the commercial Plaza de Armas, and will interest those seeking to see a neighborhood with an easy walk just outside the business district.

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accessibility:Not wheelchair accessible but an easy walk from downtown.
address:Intersection of Jr. Alegria Arias de Morey and Jr. Saposoa

Boulivar

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A good view of the neighboring city of Banda de Shilcayo can be seen, both in the day and night, from Boulevar de Maynas, usually called simply "Boulivar."  There are a couple of pubs there where one can find a cool drink and sit and look into a lovers eyes while listening to the jungle frogs in the trees below, or watch the lights come on at the Electric plant across the Rio de Shilcayo at the foot of the steep hill.  One can walk down the hill by the concrete stairway down from Boulivar, but not recommended at night due to the poor lighting on more..

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accessibility:Within easy walking distance of the Plaza de Armas
address:At the end of Jiron Maynas
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