Pink dolphins leap and play amongst the indigenous children, their hand-made canoes cutting across the crystalline lake. Birds swoop and dive, their shrill calls echoing across the shimmering water, the sounds of the jungle flowing freely through the fronds of towering palms as naked Amazonian beauties wash their clothes in the sparkling lagoon. Ducks quack, their echoes lost to time…
The Real Laguna Venecia
Okay, I confess, I made that up. The thing is, I can’t think of much to say about Laguna Venecia. It’s a small lake about four miles outside of town. There’s a restaurant. They sell beer. There are some scruffy seats. A few tables…
It’s a nice place for a picnic. There are some slightly beaten-up canoes and pedal boats (made of fibreglass rather than fashioned out of a single tree), and it is a relaxing place to sip a beer by the lakeside. There are also plenty of palm trees of varying types. But that’s about it really, unless I’m missing something.
Tarapoto Motocross at Laguna Venecia
In general, I’d say that Laguna Venecia isn’t really worth visiting. That said, if you like motocross events, this could become a favourite venue. Every few months, racers gather at the lake to hurtle round the nearby track. The track itself looks quite entertaining, full of ups and downs and twists and turns. The whole thing sits in a natural bowl, so there’s a great view across the circuit if you stand up above it.
Am I Missing Something?
Not a particularly favourable review, I must admit. I’d be interested to hear what anyone else thinks about Laguna Venecia. It’s an established Tarapoto destination, featuring on most tourist maps and on some tour schedules. Personally, I don’t see the appeal. There’s nothing bad about the place – it’s just not very interesting.
The motocross, however, does sound like fun. If anyone has any info about upcoming motocross events, I’d be grateful if you let me know. I always seem to hear about them a week or so after they take place… Typical!
I’ve never visited this place, so can’t comment on it. but during one of my past visits to
Tarapoto one of the locals took me to a restaurant a short distance out of town that he thought was great. It turned out to be quite underwhelming, to say the least. Maybe, people like us expect too much and can profit from the mind set of Tarapotans who have a better appreciation than we do of the simple things of like.
I went to Laguna Venecia on a Sunday (normally a busy day for this type of place) and there were very few people there (7 or 8). To be honest, the recreos – with their swimming pools, load music and neatly trimmed lawns – seem to be much more popular with the locals than the more natural Laguna Venecia. It could be a really nice place, but it doesn’t seem very well-cared for somehow. That said, it is a decent weekend option if you’re not a fan of packed swimming pools (I can’t stand them!)