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Although iPeru doesn't have an official office in town, there is a small tourist information office operated by the tourism police (Daily 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-7 p.m. RamĂ­rez Hurtado, Plaza de Armas. Tel: 526-188, E-mail:, URL: However, the standard of information is not too good and the employees don't speak English. It does have a few leaflets for reference, though. Otherwise, most of the tour operators in town can give good information on nearby attractions.

Banco de Crédito has an office in Tarapoto, located at Jirón Maynas 130 (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m-1 p.m.). There is also a BBVA Continental branch on Plaza de Armas, at Jr. Ramírez Hurtado 149. Banco de la Nación has several ATMs throughout town, and there are GlobalNet ATMs in the airport and in Supermercado La Inmaculada (Jr. Martínez de Compagñon 126). One of the most reliable ATMs is the Scotiabank machine in Plaza de Armas, which allows travelers with Bank of America cards to withdraw money without fees. Money changers can be found on the main square, though rates vary.

Keeping in Touch
Tarapota has many Internet cafés to keep travelers connected. Most are found on Jirón San Martín and on Jirón Alegria A. De Morey. Rates average $0.75-1.25 per hour. If you are traveling with a laptop, head to Café Plaza, on the corner of Jirón Martínez de Compagnon and Jirón San Martín on Plaza de Armas, which has reliable WiFi and good coffee. WiFi is free; you just need to buy something and ask for the password. The town's post office, Serpost, is located at Jirón San Martín 482-484.

Tarapoto's best medical facility is Clinica San Martín (Jr. San Martín 274. Tel: 523-680/527-860, Cel: 942-693-639). Many of Peru's major pharmacy chains can be found in Tarapoto, such as InkaFarma (two locations: at Jr. Lima 267 and at Jr. Martinez de Compagñon 101), Boticas BTL (two locations: at Jr. Martinez de Compagñon 113 and at Jr. Jimènez Pimentel 184) and Boticas Fasa (Jr. Martinez de Compagñon 271). Most are open daily 7 a.m-11 p.m. Boticas BTL also has a delivery service; call 502-556.

There are not many laundromats in town, and those that do exist tend to be expensive and target businesses rather than individuals. It is best to wait to do your laundry in your next destination, if it is not an emergency.

20 Aug 2012

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