QUOTE(suzanne27 @ Feb 6 2008, 06:46 PM)
my husband and i will be visiting san martin, peru this coming spring break. we'll be bringing our kids with us.is there anything i should know about this place, like what culture i would expect, or do we need to get any vaccinations? and i've heard of the hotel Monte Azul but I do not know if it would be a nice place to stay, if my kids will enjoy our stay there.i would be most glad to have your suggestions.
Goodness, you are certainly going to deepest Peru. Maybe you will meet Paddington Bear there! May I ask why you are going to that region? I'm sure it is not just for tourism. I can't see you going there on a whim, and would imagine that you already have some contacts there. Nevertheless, just in case, here is a website I found that seems helpful: http://www.livinginperu.com/blogs/travel/209
The Monte Azul looks pretty Holiday Innish in a Peruvian way, so I guess it will be adequate, if not memorable. http://www.hotelmonteazul.com.pe/index.html
None the less, I have to admit that Tarapoto is not very high on my list of places to visit in Peru. As it's Amazon Basin, I would take normal precautions for travelling in rain forest regions. Check the CDC website http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinationPeru.aspx
. It tends to be pretty gloomy, but the one thing that may be recommendable is malaria prophylaxis, though I have travelled to the jungles of Peru and Brasil with little more than a bottle of aspirin, and lived to tell the tale. But don't take my word for it. I'm not a doctor, so I may have been incredibly foolish.
Hope this helps, and that someone who has been to San Martin can be more help than I am.