Author: Tony

The Best Vet in Tarapoto, Peru

This is Dr. Milter Rojas García with my dog Max. If it wasn’t for Dr. Rojas and the rest of his staff at Clínica Veterinaria Rojas in Tarapoto, Peru, I doubt Max would have made it this far. Max ate rat poison when he was about one-year-old, which very nearly killed him. Since then he’s been struck down by various ailments, one of which made me mentally prepare myself for the worst. On both occasions, Dr. Rojas and his staff looked after Max day and night, and helped him pull through. I highly doubt there’s a better vet in...

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Hostal Indios: A New Backpacker Hostel in Tarapoto

So I was strolling through the streets of central Tarapoto a few weeks ago and came across a hostel that I’d never seen before. Might as well have a quick look, I thought, and I headed in. I was greeted by a friendly lady who looked a little surprised by my random visit, but we soon got chatting. The hostel, Hostal Indios (stylized as In.dios on its Facebook page), had opened just a few weeks before my visit. Unsurprisingly, everything looked spotless and freshly painted. Healthy-looking potted plants lined the first-floor hallway, along which sat three or four comfortable-looking...

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The Magic Mushrooms of Lamas in San Martin, Peru

A guest post by Scott L. In the cloud-covered hills above Tarapoto, the pueblo of Lamas sits on a ridge overlooking a fertile valley. The farms, or chacras, in the area produce a bounty of tropical plants including coffee, cacao, coconut, sugarcane and other fruits and spices you’ve likely never heard of — but what’s special about this particular place is another, magical crop… mushrooms. Psilocybe mushrooms can be found all over the world in any warm, wet area where the dung of hooved animals can be found (so it’s always worth a look if you’re in a place...

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The Asociación Ecológica Cerro Verde, A Nature Reserve in Tarapoto

Thanks to Gerald for the following post, who wanted to help highlight the good work being done by the people at the Asociación Ecológica Cerro Verde. “A special place of natural beauty, plants and wildlife” Cerro Verde is one of Tarapoto’s best-kept secrets, where you can enjoy the pristine natural beauty of the selva — and a place where you can reconnect with nature. If you’d like to explore a special place that is away from it all, with trails through cloud forest, with awe inspiring mountain vistas, waterfalls, streams and  an abundance of birds and wildlife, yet all close...

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The Best Restaurants in Tarapoto, Peru

Tarapoto has grown as a culinary destination in the last few years, with far more restaurants to choose from and a general increase in standards. There are still plenty of abominations, of course, but no city is perfect. To help you avoid the abominations and find the city’s best eating experiences, here’s a list of my favorite restaurants in Tarapoto. Very few, if any, of these restaurants have websites, but most have Facebook pages. I’ll update this post as and when I discover more restaurants, ideally with your help. Go ahead and leave your own recommendations in the comments...

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