Tarapoto Airport (officially Aeropuerto Guillermo del Castillo Paredes) is one of 24 or so airports in Peru with regular scheduled flights. It’s located a few kilometres from the town centre. The airport itself is pretty nice – small and very relaxed but modern and fully functional.
Flights from Tarapoto to Lima
Three flights a day (sometimes this can drop to two) run between Lima and Tarapoto. The price of flights seems to vary, and booking well in advance is always advisable. In general, a return ticket will cost between $100-150 (with LAN or Star Peru). However, promotional flights can cost as little as $60 if you catch them at the right time.
Getting from Tarapoto Airport into Town
Taxis and mototaxis from the airport now run on set rates. A mototaxi to Tarapoto’s main square, for example, costs a flat S/.6. You might be able to find a cheaper ride on the street outside the airport, but it’s not really worth the slight dip in safety.
If you’re booking a hotel room in advance, check to see whether the hotel will pick you up on arrival. Many higher-end hotels, such as Hotel Nilas and Boca Raton, offer free rides to and from the airport.
I just read your article on the Tarapoto Airport. Having been there a few years ago, I would like to comment that it is a very nice, small modern and clean airport servicing an area where there are relatively few tourists. My experience there was a nice relaxed one. Things were very well organized and it completely lacked the frenetic pace of the Jorge Chavez airport in Lima.
The airport in Tarapoto replaces the old, dilapidated run down airport that used to service air travel to Tarapoto and is a a most welcome change for the better!
Does anyone know if Tarapoto Airport is International. Airport of Entry? Thanks.
Hi Pamela. No, Tarapoto Airport is not currently international. There were some reports back in July 2012 of possible international flights (maybe to Panama), but no further developments so far.