If you are planning a trip to Tarapoto in the near future, try to come along between the 15th and 23rd of October for the Amo Amazonia Festival. It looks like it could be quite interesting and, for once, people actually know it’s going to happen well in advance.


Amo Amazonia – Tarapoto, October 2010

So, what’s it all about? Well, here’s some of the official blurb:

  • “AMO AMAZONÍA is a cultural platform created for those committed to the preservation of the natural and cultural wealth of the Amazonía, in order to promote the creation of spaces encouraging awareness of the region, spaces where we could share the wisdom of as well as the love and respect for mother Jungle.”

OK, that probably hasn’t got you jumping up and down with excitement. Here are some of the things you can expect to see and do during the festival:

  • Cinema: Films are going to be shown in Tarapoto’s Plaza de Armas (on a big screen, presumably). There is a mix of Peruvian, Brazilian and Spanish films scheduled, with Avatar thrown in to represent the US (and continue the jungle theme).
  • Fairs: A number of cultural fairs will be taking place in Tarapoto and surrounding settlements. These include culinary stands, cacao cultivation, ceramics and works from local artisans.
  • Music and Dance: Cafe d’Mundo (on the main square) will host a “mixed media fine arts exhibition” on the 18th of October. A few bands will also be playing during the festival week, culminating in a showcase concert on the last day of the festival (23rd October).

See the Full Schedule for Tarapoto’s Amo Amazonia Festival

Those are just some of the highlights to expect during the Amo Amazonia festival. For more info, take a look at the Amo Amazonia Facebook page.