Soy Tarapoto: A Rare Guide to Tarapoto, Peru

soy-tarapoto-travel-guideA few months ago, I came across a book called Soy Tarapoto by an author named Alberto Azáldegui Cruz. It’s a good little Spanish-language guide to Tarapoto, about 180 pages long and covering the town’s history, its economy, culture, attractions and more. Sadly, it appears to be something of a rarity…

Trawling Tarapoto’s Bookshops

Stupidly, I didn’t take note of the publication date or the publisher, but the book looked quite new and the information inside was reasonably up-to-date. With this in mind, I thought at least one bookshop in Tarapoto might actually sell it (it seemed like a logical assumption at the time).

After I returned the book to its owner (a friend of a friend who I don’t see too often), I trawled the streets of Tarapoto from one shop to the next in search of this little gem.  My search, however, was in vain. The book was nowhere to be found and not one storeowner had ever even heard of it. Blank looks all round…

The Elusive Tarapoto Travel Guide

Anyway, I thought I’d write a brief post about Soy Tarapoto for two reasons. Firstly, it’s a good little book if you can find a copy. Secondly, I want a copy of my own, and I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find one (it’s a long shot, but you never know…). The author did have a Windows Live Space page at one point (albertoazaldegui.spaces.live.com) but it seems to be dead. I’ll try to find out the publisher details – in the meantime, if anyone does have any info, please let me know!