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Iquitos city view at night, PeruAbout Iquitos:

Iquitos is the capital city of the Loreto Region. It is  the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest. The city can be reached only by airplane or boat, with the exception of a road to Nauta, a small town roughly 100 km (62 mi) south. It is the largest city in the world that is inaccessible by road. . The city was included, as number 6, on the list of "top 10 cities for 2011" by Lonely Planet. Iquitos city has became a destination in the Peruvian Amazon, due to historic architecture, cuisine, landscapes, accent, nightlife and diverse cultural movement. It is a cosmopolitan city with strong Amazonia roots. Due to its location in the Peruvian Amazon, Iquitos has a green landscape with a vast variety of life.

Malecon Tarapaca, Iquitos, PeruClimate: Iquitos experience an equatorial climate, It has constant rainfall so there is no distinct dry season. The average annual maximum temperature is 25 °C and the minimum is 15 °C . Heavy rains from December to March and a markedly dry season from May to October, where sunny days post temperatures of 25°C and freezing nights.

Geography: Iquitos is located in northeastern Peru, northeastern Loreto Region. The city is settled in a Tertiary-Quaternary formation lithologically composed by little-consolidated lutites, with remains of flora or fauna, and numerous white-sand lenses of abundant silicon. Iquitos are a number of lagoons and lakes; Moronococha Lake is a boundary to the city on the west. These features make the city seem like a huge, faux river island.

Plaza de Armas, Iquitos, PeruHistory: The city name of Iquitos is derived from a group of native people called Iquitos by the Spaniards that had previously inhabited the rivers Pastaza, Arabela, Tigre, Nanay, and Curaray. n the early 19th century, following independence, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil had overlapping claims to the North Western Amazon Basin based on each countries interpretation of their colonial de jure titles. In the 1900 the rise of the automobile and related industries had dramatically increased the worldwide demand for rubber. On 13 August 2012, a special plaque was placed in the plaza 28 de Julio of the city in a ceremony to commemorate the Amazon River and rainforest as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Casa de Fierro, Iquitos, PeruPlaces to visit:

Important landmark: Casa de Fierro: It was build in 1890 and at the height of its rubber-boom days, the city of Iquitos purchased the building and imported it, section by section, being carried through the jungle and then reassembled on the south-easterly corner of the Plaza de Armas. This was designed and built by the exceedingly famous French architect, Gustave Eiffel, the man responsible for the erection of the Eiffel Tower. The Iron House has recently been restored and is now home to a restaurant, which resides on the first floor and makes full use of the spacious balcony and the subsequent plaza views. The Casa de Fierro remains one of the most fascinating landmarks in Iquitos due to its rather special past, and although it may not be the most spectacular building.

Other Landmark: Colonial Mansions and Azulejos, Plaza de Armas.

Barrio de Belen, Iquitos, PeruAttraction of the city: Barrio de Belen: It is also known as The Belen Quarter. It  is best described as a floating shanty town, with rustic houses standing on wooden stilts or rafts, with the entire area being flooded by the Amazon River for much of the year, particularly during the rainy season. Tourists will find that the unusual attractions within the Belen Quarter are best viewed early in the morning, at around 07:00, when market traders from neighboring villages arrive. The town is also known for its  traditional canoes often floating between the huts, selling their very own Amazonian jungle produce.

Other attraction: Quistococha Lagoon, Beach and Zoo, Malecon Tarapaca, Malecon Maldonado, Amazon Animal Orphanage and Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm.

Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve, Iquitos, PeruNatural Reserves and Zoo: The butterfly zoo Pilpintuwasi is located in Padre Cocha, Iquitos, and includes more than 40 species of insects, especially butterflies. Along the butterfly zoo, is the Amazon Animal Orphanage, commissioned in animal rescue. . Iquitos Gnatcatcher is an endemic species of the reserve and is considered a symbol of Iquitos. The Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve is a protected area with soaring rates of biodiversity. Quistococha Tourist Complex is characterized by its 369 hectares of natural forest, has a small zoo, a serpentarium, an aquarium, a nursery and an artificial beach called Tunchi Beach.

Iquitos Transportation, PeruTransportation: Iquitos is widely considered the largest continental city unreachable by road. Iquitos can be reached by boat from any navigable port on the Amazon River. The streets of Iquitos are dominated by more than 25,000 auto rickshaws or motokars. The city has renewed Crnl. FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport where domestic and international flights operate. In the domestic terminal there are routes from Lima and other Peruvian provinces. here are numerous flights to Iquitos from the capital Lima.

 

Regions of Peru

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 Madre de Dios Moquegua  Other   Pasco
Piura Puno San Martin  Tacna
  Tumbes Ucayali

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