Iquitos

IQUITOS

One of the top destinations for naturalists would be Iquitos, located in the heart of the Amazon and of the shores of the Amazon river.

In the last 15 years, Iquitos has developed unique travel experiences. Either staying in one of its lodges or taking one of its cruise ships, visitors should expect an adventure to last a life-time.

Iquitos city center has several monuments considered Cultural Heritage of the Nation: The Cathedral, the Iron House, the Old Palace Hotel, the Cohen House, the Morey House and more than 70 buildings.

Other well-known landmarks are the Plaza de Armas (main square); the Jiron Prospero, a road that conglomerates several commercial and historical premises, and the busy Belen neighborhood, often dubbed the "Venice of the Amazon". The city also houses the Amazon Library, one of the two most important in Latin America.

Its lodges are accessible by boat and most of them include activities.

From any of its ports, cruise ships depart allowing visitors to explore the Amazon by taking visits to native villages, national reserves like Pacaya Samiria, and take short treks for bird watching, swimming with pink dolphins, and photo shutting.

Must sees:

  • Iquitos city center: Cathedral, Iron House, Old Palace Hotel.

  • Amazon river.

  • Ethnographic museum.

  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve