Tarapoto known as The Palm Tree City is a thriving commercial city in northern Peru, an hour by plane from Lima, situated in the San Martín Province of the San Martín Region, located to the east in what is known as the selva baja. Although Moyobamba is the capital of the region, Tarapoto is its largest city, and is linked to the Upper Amazon and the historic city of Yurimaguas by now a maintained transandean road.
The city is 350 meters above sea level and has a population of over 108,042 inhabitants. It was founded in 1782 by Baltazar Martínez Jiménez de Compagnon.
Tarapoto is often used by tourists and visitors as a "jumping off" point for excursions into the Amazon Rainforest. The main activities are tourism, commerce and agriculture.
The The Palm Tree City offers a variety of hotels in and around the city as well as several typical dishes, beautiful landscapes, waterfalls and adventure tourism such as river rafting.
Tarapoto is served by the Cad. FAP Guillermo del Castillo Paredes Airport. The airport is the third in importance in flow for passengers and cargo. It operates flights from/to Lima in a daily basis as well as it is a stopover to other cities such as Iquitos and Pucallpa from/to Lima
Tarapoto is the site of the headquarters of the National University of San Martín, and the center of the cultural activity of the San Martín region.