Author: Tony

The Best Bars in Tarapoto

If I had to plan a pub crawl in Tarapoto, the following bars would all be on my list. It’s a completely biased point of view, tainted to differing degrees by beer, friendship, good times, and shameless self-promotion. So feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section below. Oh, and if you’re new to Tarapoto and don’t know where things are — or if you’re just too drunk or stoned to remember — I made a little pub crawl map (I’ll probably add more bars in the future). Stonewasi Stonewasi is a Tarapoto institution. Block two...

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Temazcal in Tarapoto

Hello all, I’m really excited to be here on Tony’s infamous blog. This site was the first thing I found online about Tarapoto before moving here, which is no big surprise, because it’s such a wealth of good info and tips. So… I’m Lisa, US native and current expat living in Tarapoto, Peru. I’ve been teaching English, writing a blog, and living around the country for nearly 3 years now.  I’m going to share a little bit about Temazcal ceremonies, how it works, and a few tips if you’re thinking of participating. This is based on my experience and...

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Tarapoto Is Tomorrowland: Discuss

“Tomorrowland” — scrawled on one of those concrete seating areas near the top of the steps leading up from La Banda to Tarapoto. So which is it? The land of tomorrow, a place of promise, a place with a positive and bright future, where everything is possible? Or, as the trash-strewn bank would suggest, a place where things linger and lag, a place where nothing gets done, where officials pay no heed and where citizens happily dump their rubbish on the grass? Tomorrowland:...

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Danny Shain Brings Country Music to Tarapoto, Peru

Danny Shain, for those who don’t already know, is a country musician from the USA living and recording in Tarapoto, Peru. That, I can safely say, is a unique situation — we don’t get many six-string cowboys round these parts. Danny is doing something pretty distinct: he’s trying to bring country music to Latinos in the USA and beyond. That involves writing and performing his own country songs with lyrics in both English and Spanish (you can hear some of his tracks on SoundCloud). I’ll hopefully be writing more about Danny and his music in the near future. For...

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A Brief Report from Mishtu Mikuna

The Mishtu Mikuna gastronomic fair took place yesterday, August 17, at Tarapoto’s Municipal Stadium. The event was part of the Tarapoto Está de Moda schedule, all of which was in celebration of the city’s 232nd anniversary (happy birthday Tarapoto!). I arrived at about 2 pm in sun that was frankly frightening in its intensity, my bald head throbbing at the thought of yet another roasting. Thankfully, a few clouds managed to get things under control, while a few beers soon had me ready to eat. The fair included a fine array of food stands representing some of the brightest...

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