The economic center of the San Martin region is undoubtedly the largest city in the Tarapoto area. The capital, however, is Moyobamba, and has existed since the foundation of the region in 1906. The quiet city has retained its original charm and impresses with its many green spaces. The exuberant vegetation also dominates around Moyobamba: more than 3,500 different species of orchids are native to this region and bloom in all conceivable colors, hence the epithet “City of Orchids”. A beautiful collection of orchids in their natural habitat can be found in the Botanical Garden of San Francisco and in the “Garden Centers” in Jr. Reyes Guerra 900.
Moyobamba is home to a relatively large community of Germans and Armenians of Jewish faith who actively participate in the cultural and humanitarian affairs of the city.
Each year, on June 24, the “Moyobambinos” celebrate their patron saint, San Juan. Music at full volume, all kinds of goodies and the “Pandilla” dance make the festival an important event in the city, which also attracts many visitors from abroad.
The sunset in Moyobamba should be better enjoyed in the “Las Puntas”. These observation platforms not only offer incredible views of the city, but also the magnificent scenery.
During the rainy season from December to March, the roads in Moyobamba and its surroundings are often difficult to navigate due to landslides. This is problematic because the city is an important center for traffic to the Andes. But the inhabitants know how to help and then resort to the cars pulled by donkeys, horses and the Company.