Information About Iquitos

It is the capital of the department of Loreto, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon on the banks of the mighty Amazon River, flowing in the Nanay and Itaya rivers.
In the past, the region was populated by various ethnic groups of hunters and fishermen, Toras, Yaguas, Cocamas, Iquitos, Huitotos, Dried apricots, among others.
On the foundation of the city of Iquitos, there are several versions: One is attributed to the Jesuit missionaries and another links it to the settlers of Borja, expelled by the Maranon Huambisas natives.
Iquitos was very important during the years 1880 and 1912 with the rubber industry and the enormous wealth that led to the extraction of latex. It was a time of extravagance and ostentation, considered in the early twentieth century as a paradise for fortune hunters.

The Rio Amazonas: called the king of rivers, it has a length of 6,762 km. considered the length, width and river in the world, surpassing the Nile. In its waters there have been more than 900 kinds of fish.

Tourist Attractions, City Iquitos: One of the main attractions of Iquitos is navigating its spectacular rivers and lakes paradise and enjoy its limpid and beautiful white sand beaches.

Traditional places: El Malecon Tarapaca: Paseo must for visitors to the banks of the majestic Amazon river. In the houses and buildings around the magnificent architecture that graced the city during the rubber boom it is observed.

Belen: Floating popular neighborhood located at the mouth of the Amazon river Itaya, built on rafts and piles. During the rainy season is completely flooded and their buildings float rises or falls depending on the river level. At this time you can only be reached by canoe. It is a very poor community.

Monuentos Historicos: Iron House or Eiffel House (Plaza de Armas) Designed by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel, the architect of the great tower that bears his name in Paris, brought from Europe and assembled entirely in 1889.
Mud house (Plaza de Armas) Two-storey building with wooden balcony. It was a warehouse where rubber Carlos Fitzcarrald, who really surnamed Fitzgerald, one of the most prosperous rubber tappers of Peru was kept.

Amazon Museum: Displays an interesting collection of statues in fiberglass natives of different ethnic groups in the region with their typical clothes.

Amazonica Library: Specialized in regional issues.

 Resort Quistococha: 15 minutes from the city, interesting zoo and fish farm with native wildlife species, has restaurants, boats and a small museum.
Nanay beaches, 15 minutes from the city, ideal to enjoy a dip in the river and buy handicrafts place. Access is by paved road.

Amazonicas Species: The paiche, the pink dolphin and turtle charapa are symbols of the region.

Location: Peru, is located in South America.
Iquitos is located in the department of Loreto.

 Language: The language is Castilian.

Currency: The official currency is the Nuevo Sol.

  Religion: The predominant religion is Roman Catholic.