The city of the Palm Trees :)

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the nature in the Rainforest.

Tarapoto is known as the City of the Palm Trees. It's located in the Rainforest and rises in the middle of the jungle.  The people are very friendly and are always smiling. Just be prepared for hot weather and enjoy the nature.

I went to Tarapoto just for fun, but I didn't have time to know the city very much, although it's small. My mom had to go there because of business and she asked me if I wanted to join her. I had a couple of free days, so I accepted, hehe. Just the idea of leaving Lima for a couple of days sounded sooooooooo good.  It was july, so it was pretty cool and cloudy in Lima - so depressing.

what? hahaha I wasn't even supposed to be here - I was undercover.
  And the rainforest is always warm, so it was a perfect change.

I packed light clothes and sandals and left Lima. When we arrived to the airport, it was incredible how different the weather was. It was really hot and humid. I was wearing jeans and felt as if they were wet, oh!!!!  We went to the hotel and as welcome drink they gave to us coconut water. It was really refreshing! We unpacked and one of my mom's colleagues who lives there picked up us and we went out in order to eat something.

There was gonna be a ceremony the next day and my mom had to help with its organization.  But she was ready by noon, so we and 2 other people went to Laguna Venecia. This is a lagoon located near Tarapoto. You can not only taste local food there, but also enjoy of the nature, a beautiful lagoon, local fauna and flora.

local fauna
The colors of the flowers are so great! It looked like a paradise. We tried the local TACACHO & CECINA, made of mashed bananas and sausage. It was really tasty. During the afternoon we went to the city hall and then walked around. But it was very hot. So we went back to the hostel. I took a shower and we decided to go back to the main square just for a walk at the evening and have something to drink. I was just dreaming about a big glass of juice! I had one of the local grape. It was really, yummy!

The next day was the ceremony. All the authorities of the town were invited. I was just standing in a corner, when the master of ceremonies called me. He wanted me to join the authorities at the main table, hahaha. It was so fun, hahaha. After that we went to Lamas, another town that is at the top of the mountain.

Laguna Venecia
It had been almost completely destroyed some years ago by an earthquake. Now they were showing us the new square, streets and houses :) We drove back to Tarapoto and had lunch. Maybe the road wasn't the best, but the landscapes you are able to see are so nice, that you will forget about the road. We went to one of the most famous restaurants there and tried the local cuisine. It was really good!!!!

Our flight was delayed, so we had some extra hours to enjoy the city. We bought some souveniers and went for a traditional ice-cream, made with the regional fruits. There were fruits I haven't ever heard about! We asked for recommendations and they suggested us to go to one place nearby the main square. It was delicious! Finally it was time to go back to cloudy Lima...

anyway, I'd be back :)

 

 

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the nature in the Rainforest.
the nature in the Rainforest.
what? hahaha I wasnt even suppose…
what? hahaha I wasn't even suppos…
local fauna
local fauna
Laguna Venecia
Laguna Venecia
in our way to Lamas
in our way to Lamas
a majaz - they eat this little bud…
a majaz - they eat this little bu…
the view from the road
the view from the road
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