Tarapoto is hot, hot, hot. Taking a quick dip helps to maintain a degree of sanity when the heat and humidity start to turn even the most mild-mannered person into a snapping, snarling beast. Punta Verde is a little oasis offering a pleasant respite from the jungle climate.
Popular Swimming Spot in Tarapoto, Peru – Punta Verde
When the heat becomes too much and your brain begins to boil, hop in a mototaxi and take a quick S/.4-5 ride to Punta Verde Hacienda Club & Resort. It’s a popular Tarapoto hang-out, sometimes packed at weekends but often almost deserted during the week, so pick whichever time suits you best. There is a S/.5 entrance fee.
The pool is the focal point, and when not in the pool there are plenty of nicely shaded seats and tables for knocking back a cerveza or two. A large restaurant serves a variety of Peruvian dishes ranging in price from S/.10 to S/.30, while a bottle of Pilsen costs S/.5.
There is a decent tennis court on site – rackets and a ball can be hired for S/.5 per hour. I asked (as I do almost everywhere) if they had table football – they do, but unfortunately it is currently damaged and out of action.
A Tarapoto Resort
As with the Krotos recreation park (slightly further out of town), Punta Verde are currently constructing lodges in order to enhance the ‘resort’ aspect of the place. The owners hope that these will be ready by the end of January, and the potential is definitely there for a top-quality Tarapoto resort. Prices have not been officially set, but it seems that a night at Punta Verde could cost around US$80.