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Iquitos is an ideal destination for ecotourism lovers and those who want to feel the intimate contact with the virgin nature of the Amazonian forests; from Iquitos you can go into lodges  in the jungle with programs for exploring the jungle, especially in natural protected areas with an immense biological wealth, with many living species still unknown by science, or sailing on a cruise on the Amazon River and enjoy one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. The city of Iquitos is the capital of the department of Loreto, it is located in the heart of the northeastern Peruvian forest, less than 4 ° south of Ecuador, on the left bank of the Amazon River. Because of the difficult Amazon geography, Iquitos does not have roads and its communication is by air or river. Iquitos was a village inhabited by the jungle tribe the Iquitos, who took the name at the time of its founding in 1864. During the Spanish colony and the gold rush caused by the legends of "El Dorado" and the Country of Canela. In 1883 the era and boom of rubber began in this city, the exploitation of its latex and trade made some reach immense fortunes, brought prosperity to the city and began the construction of lavish houses, some with tiles and majolica brought from Portugal. Part of the pageantry of this era was the acquisition of an iron house built by Gustave Eiffel in Paris and today located in the Main Square of Iquitos. The end of the rubber era arrived in 1912. In the city of Iquitos you can find handicrafts from the jungle tribes, as well as you can enjoy excellent regional cuisine, typical drinks, hectic city life and great nightlife, or sessions with shamans who use ayahuasca. There is a great diffusion of folk medicine and quackery based on the large number of medicinal plants that exist.

Quick Itinerary:

Day 1: Iquitos to Iguana Lodge
Day 2: Yanayacu ravin, Yaguas ethnic group and animal reserve 
Day 3: Yanayacu ravine and Santa Victoria town 
Day 4: Visit an animal reserve and "Fundo Pedrito"


How to get? 

To get to the city of Iquitos, you should consider the following options: 

  • Air: There are regular flights from Lima that depart from Monday to Sunday, the travel time is 1h 40 minutes.From Tarapoto (San Martin region): 50 min. And from Pucallpa (Ucayali region): 50 min. 
  • River: It can be accessed by river from Pucallpa and Yurimaguas.

What to see? 

 

Main Square and Iquitos Cathedral:

The mother church of Iquitos is of neo-Gothic style, its construction began in 1911 and was inaugurated on March 16, 1919. In the upper part of the tower is embedded a metal cross. The temple has 15 windows with stained glass windows of polychrome images. An interesting detail is the Swiss watch that was installed in 1925.


Iron House

Iron House was designed by Gustave Eiffel. It is one of the emblematic buildings that the city of Iquitos has. Its metal supports were acquired at the Paris exhibition of 1889 by the Bolivian rubber tapper, Antonio Baca Diez (partner of Fermin Fitscarrald), and came from Paris during the rubber era. The building has a European style design with balconies on both facades, roof in a pyramidal form of four waters, supported by columns of wrought iron. Its location allows to have a panoramic view of the Main Square of Iquitos. 


Ex Palace Hotel

Known as Palace Hotel. It is an Art Nouveau design building. It has three floors and a viewpoint on the top floor that offers a panoramic view of the Itaya River. It was built between 1908 and 1912 by the entrepreneur Otoniel Vela Llerena, owner of the famous lumber company Puritania, the main supplier of packing crates for rubber exports. 


The house Morey Arias 

Shows English influence in Victorian style. During the rubber era it served as a commercial office and warehouses for being in front of the old main dock of Iquitos. Today is an important hotel in the city. 


Museum / Exhibition of Amazonian Indigenous Cultures 

This museum exhibits pieces of the pre-Columbian cultures of the region. It also offers information and testimonies of the most representative ethnic groups of the Amazon. In its rooms you can see how the Amazonian population interacted with animals, plants, rivers and lakes. 


Cohen House 

Single-story building. The sides of its façade show a series of large doors crowned with semicircular arches and the walls are covered with mosaics, with decorations in low relief and striking colors. 


Fitzcarrald House 

Adobe corner house, its central patio has arches and its ceilings are made of rustic wood. The architecture of this house recalls the houses of the mountains and it seems that it was built before the period of rubber wealth. 


Malecón Tarapacá 

It bears this name as a tribute to the fallen heroes of the Pacific War. It was built at the end of the 19th century, during the rubber exploitation period. In its route you can see important historical monuments, restaurants and cafes. 


Folklore in Iquitos. 

The heritage of the native communities, their music and dances, their handicrafts, the regional festivals and the typical food and drinks of the area. Folk medicine, shamanism and healers, the ayahuasca ceremony, all this and more is part of the local identity of the inhabitants of Iquitos. For all those who want to escape for a moment from the jungles of concrete and infernal noises, from the pollution of the big cities and want to get in close contact and harmony with paradisiacal places in the virgin forest of the Amazon, with no more noises than the Birds, monkeys or insects, Iquitos is a great opportunity and an excellent choice.The minimum recommended is a visit to the area is 4 days. Cruises and navigation in the Amazon and tributaries offer programs for up to 10 days.


MORE TOURS:

 

Day 1: Iquitos to Iguana Lodge

First you will be receptioned at the Iquitos Airport by our Guide. Arrival and welcome at the stand, located inside the International Airport of Iquitos. Then we will Transfer to the selected hotel in the city of Iquitos and orientation of the services, according to the program .You will have time on your own and have the opportunity to start your adventure by visiting the Iron House, which was designed by Gustave Eiffel or the Malecón de Tarapacá facing the Itaya River, surrounded by several 19th century mansions, relics from the heyday of rubber, lined with Portuguese tiles, or tiles.Finally we wil overnight at Iguana Lodge.

Day 2: Yanayacu ravin, Yaguas ethnic group and animal reserve

Birdwatching: During the early hours of the morning (05:00 to 06:00 a.m.) it is the right time to observe many of the bird species that feed on the banks of the river or the plantations found in the to the community's leaders. 

Breakfast. Fruit juices and jams produced in the region (papaya, orange, melon, cocona) accompany hot dishes and drinks to start the morning. Immediately after breakfast you will board the boat that will take you to the opposite end of the Amazon or as it is said in the regional language to the "huashalado". During this trip of approximately 40 minutes the boat will stop at a place on the river where it is usually possible to observe pink dolphins, due to its somewhat shy nature, it is necessary to have patience and be attentive to sight them, with an unforgettable photo will reward the effort. Upon reaching the community of Yaguas you can see plantations of cassava (manioc), banana, papaya and other typical products of riverside agriculture. You will notice that unlike the Sinchicuy ecosystem the land here is mostly low and flooding during the growing season. And I will notice it when crossing the trail that leads to the Yanayacu River. This is an exciting walk that will bring out your spirit of adventure. By boat or canoe you will follow the course of the Yanayacu River to explore this area rich in avian fauna, whose species include martins fishermen, hawks, herons etc. and finally after a time of travel through the dark waters of the Yanayacu River you will arrive at our lodge. Jungle walk that will take you to know the "Kingdom of Giant Trees" during the walk will know some species of medicinal plants, such as "sachajergón", "ojé", "tree bread" and the well-known "cat's claw"; It is also possible to find bromeliads (epiphytic plants) that grow on the top of trees. 

Day 3: Yanayacu ravine and Santa Victoria town

After the breakfast, we will  explore the Yanayacu ravine for about 4 hours to observe the animals in their natural habitat and the jungle of the mirrors. We will enjoy a typical regional lunch, accompanied by regional fruit refreshment. We rest for a moment in the hammocks, then we will start a hike through the jungle until we reach the giant tree called "CEIBA".After we will visit a riverside Santa Victoria  where we will learn from their experiences, customs and play with the children of the town. We had dinner and tasted some delicious regional cocktails Night of Amazonian tales narrated by the guide of Iguana Lodge. 

Day 4: Visit an animal reserve and "Fundo Pedrito"

One of the tourist attractions of the city of Iquitos is the Fundo Pedrito, where you can see a variety of animals such as alligators, piranhas, paiches, parrots, motelos, Peruvian dogs and plants like the "victoria regia".The Fundo Pedrito is located in the community of Barrio Florido, 15 kilometers from the Main Square approximately, 20 or 30 minutes by boat on the Amazon River. You can also go directly to this place because it has a berth for boats, so you must disembark in Barrio Florido.We continue the trip back to the city of Iquitos. Transfer to the Airport or Hotel.

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Transfers (land and river) 
  • 3 nights accommodation at the Iguana Lodge
  •  All meals detailed in the program 
  • Guide in English or Spanish

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airplane tickets 
  • Taxes at airport 
  • Tips

 

REMEMBER TO CARRY:

  • Insect repellent. 
  • Good walking shoes that cover the cures. (to avoid twisting the ankle) 
  • Great hat for the sun. 
  • Sunglasses. Sunscreen. 
  • Camera with a lot of movies and batteries. 
  • Flashlight / torch to use at night. (more spare batteries) 
  • Lightweight raincoat with rainproof hat. 
  • Umbrella in case of rain. 
  • Pair of binoculars. 
  • Swimwear. (for swimming in our pool or on the river) 
  • The native tribes in the area are very poor and they love to receive gifts of used clothes, old toys or nothing at all that the tourist does not need and wants to donate. 
  • In addition, no item of children, such as paper, pencils and pens are very well received.

 

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