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Iquitos

Country
Peru
State
Loreto
City
Iquitos
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

Iquitos is in the Amazonas region of Peru. This is not to be confused with the Department Amazonas where Chachapoyas is located. Iquitos is the capital of the vast Department of Loreto, which covers most of the northern Amazon region of Peru.For travelers, Iquitos offers a vast selection of activities not found elsewhere in Peru, such as Amazon boat rides and great wildlife viewing. One way to see Peru is to visit the 3 areas - Costal, Andes, and Amazon -- and Iquitos is the best way to see the Amazon. Iquitos is hot and humid (90 percent), year round. The population is very diverse: there were many periods of big wealth in Iquitos (mainly two with rubber and oil) that brought people from around the world and made it the most important fluvial port in the Peruvian Amazon. The city still has a lot of houses which were built during that age. 'Iquiteños' (or 'Iquitinos') are usually very friendly and like to party.
 



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How to Reach

By plane

There are numerous flights to Iquitos from the capital Lima. LAN flies 4 to 5 times per day; Peruvian Airlines flies twice daily and offers flights without penalties and other facilities. Star Peru may offer slightly lower prices but do a brief 10-minute stopover at Tarapoto or Pucallpa on the way to re-fuel and drop off/pick up passengers. Flights are from $55.00 USD to $200.00 USD, depending the season and promotions. Is suggested to check prices in all the airlines in advance to get cheap tickets.When arriving at the airport, consider stopping at the official iPeru, Tourist Information and Assistance Office of the Peruvian Tourist Board (PromPerú) before exiting the terminal. You can get a free map and brochure (without ads!), a list of tour providers, recommendations about what to see and do and safety recommendations. They may help you in case of problems and complaints in all over Peru.  

By Boat

Iquitos can be reached by boat from any navigable port on the Amazon River. Boat prices will depend on the distance, speed of the boat, number of passengers, and your bargaining skills
 

Key places to visit
Square of Weapons of Iquitos., Complex Tourist of Quistococha, Amazon Museum, Amazon Library, Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm & Amazon Animal Orphanage, Fundo Pedrito, Amazonian Manatee Orphanage


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Places to Visit

Square of Weapons of Iquitos.

The church, of neo-Gothic style, it was built between 1911 and 1924. Their structure of a single ship presents a pulpit carved in wood to the right side. An interesting detail is the Swiss clock that settled in 1925.

Complex Tourist of Quistococha

To the height of the km 7 of the highway Iquitos-Nauta, to the Southwest of Iquitos (30 minutes in car). Visits: L-D 8:00-17:00
It is located around the lagoon Quistococha. The complex has 369 there is of natural forest and it has an artificial beach where the visitors can take a bath, to enjoy the sun, their white sands and beautiful landscapes. They offer walks in boats to oar for the lake and walks for the surroundings.

Amazon Museum

Built in 1863. They highlight in the museum the succession of big windows finished in arches of half point and protected by strong iron bars, the interior walls decorated with carved wood, and the furniture designed to the usage of the time. It conserves a collection of more than 80 sculptures of glass fiber in natural size, representing to the ethnic main groups of Peruvian, Brazilian Amazonía and Venezuelan and pictures that depict the history of the city of Iquitos. The local is shared with the Military Museum

Amazon Library

It has editions of specialized diverse areas, fototeca, hemeroteca, cinemateca, mapoteca, pinacoteca, exhibition of historical objects and collect of old editions of the Bible. He/she specializes in regional topics. It was built as a building of a single plant of 1873; the second floor was built in 1903. He/she calls the attention the succession of big large windows protected by iron grills

Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm & Amazon Animal Orphanage

At Pilpintuwasi you can see the complete life cycle and learn about the impressing development of butterflies. At the Amazon Animal Orphange you can see the rescued endangered animals that were illtreated, such as anteaters, monkeys, tapirs or Pedro Bello, the Jaguar. Pilpintuwasi is located on the Nanay River Front near the village of Padre Cocha. It's about 20min by boat from Bellavista-Nanay. There are boats all day long. During the dry season you have to walk about 15min from the village. Volunteers are also regularly needed for help!

Fundo Pedrito

It houses around 10 spectacled alligators, paiches (the biggest freshwater fish in the Amazon basin and one of the longest fish in the world) and the Victoria amazonica (the biggest lily-pad in the world). The admission fee includes fish to feed alligators and paiches.

Amazonian Manatee  Orphanage

This projects aims to rescue orphaned manatees, whose mothers have been killed by locals for food. They also have educational programs for local communities and schools about the importance of the preservation of this species. The employees are very enthusiastic about the animals. Currently (Dec. 2009) they have 4 almost grown up animals in a pond and 4 babies in a smaller swimming pool. Probably the only place in the world where you can bottle feed manatee babies. The entry is free, but a donation is expected. Take a mototaxi from downtown for about 15 soles to get there. They also accept volunteers to educate local school kids.

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