The town of Lamas, located in the mountainous jungles of Northern Peru is filled with street art that tells the story of the jungle and its people.
There is no other town or city I’ve been to Peru that has more street art and murals. If you find yourself in the vicinity of Tarapoto and you are interested in connecting with local flares of expression, make the short trip to Lamas. You’ll find plenty of things to do in the area, including coffee and cacao tours, visiting waterfalls, ayahuasca ceremonies, cultural centers, small museums, traditional wares, native rituals and dances, and even fossil hunting.
This area was originally inhabited by an indigenous group known as the Waiku, many of who still live in a neighborhood located on the outskirts of Lamas. Understandably, murals within the town of Lamas are deeply inspired by the Waiku culture.
Many of the murals in Lamas celebrate important plants of the jungle. Cacao is a particularly important plant since most farmers dedicate themselves towards cultivating this bean. Within the town, you’ll find several shops where you can buy chocolates made with cacao that’s been cultivated nearby.
Getting to Lamas from Tarapoto: just a short trip away.
This beautiful location is less than an hour from Tarapoto but feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The quiet hills are a nice place to relax and take a break after a ceremony or trek.