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Golden Peruvian Tours

IQUITOS

WHERE THE AMAZONAS BORN
 

Iquitos and Amazon River are an ideal place for lovers of the eco-tourism, and for the ones who want to feel an intimate contact with the virgin nature of the Amazon rainforests. From the city you will be able to go to jungle lodges, and for the most adventurous and fearless you can arrive to protected natural areas, full and plethoric with exuberant flora and fauna, with many undiscovered places, and many alive species unknown by science. Iquitos city is the capital of the department of Loreto, located in the heart of the Peruvian rainforest, less than 4° south of Equator, and next to the left river bank of the Amazon River. Iquitos is the world's largest city that cannot reached by road. The people of Iquitos in its great majority are natural descendants of regional aborigine’s tribes and of the miscegenation. The people's temper is very noble and cheerful, lover of the amusement. Iquitos is also famed by the quantity of men that arrived to the city and lost their bachelorhood, because of the affection that women in this region give to the visitors. The population has many myths and legends, some occult; there is a great diffusion of the folkloric medicine and the faith to be cured with those medicines based on the great quantity of medicinal plants that exist.

Altitude:

Capital: Iquitos (104 masl / 341 fasl).
Lowest point: 70 masl / 230 fasl (Amelia).
Highest point: 220 masl / 722 fasl (Balsapuerto).

Climate:

The weather in Iquitos is hot and rainy all year long. The average annual maximum temperature is 31ºC (88ºF) and the minimum is 21ºC (70ºF). The dry season (July – November) and the flood season (December – July) feature particular differences in the plant and animal life as well as in the climate.

San Juan Artisans Market

Kilometermarker 4.5 of Avenida Abelardo Quiñónez. This market produces and sells a large diversity of regional handicrafts like knitted plant fiber articles, wood carvings, diverse ceramic pieces with typical motifs, "llanchama" tree bark paintings, typical clothing, leather goods, typical drinks, and many others. There is a room for Amazonian culture exhibitions and a wooden amphitheater for artistic presentations. The San Juan village is famous by its feast on June 24th.

Zungarococha Lake

12 Km (7 miles) from the Iquitos Airport control booth (30 minutes by car). It is located on the left bank of the Nanay River and is perfect for swimming or taking canoe rides through the beautiful countryside. Close to the lake is a small pond, Corrientillo, where you can eat traditional food.

Quistococha

Located at 15 Km. (9.3 miles) south of Iquitos, past the airport, (30 minutes by car). Tourist and amusement center located near Lake Quistococha. It has a regional flora forest of 369 hectares; small zoo of regional fauna and "paiches" (fish variety) hatcheries, also an artificial beach where visitors can swim, sunbathe, and enjoy the white sand and lovely landscape. You can row a boat on the lake and hike in the nearby areas. Regional museum of ceramic pieces and dissected animals.

Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

15 minute walk from Padre Cocha. Pilpintuwasi is a Quechua word for "house of the butterflies". It houses more than forty varieties of exotic butterflies in a beautiful habitat surrounded by waterfalls and tropical flowers. Visiting the center allows you to witness butterfly reproduction, an interesting process, medicinal and ornamental plants, and different birds, monkey species, a tapir, an anteater and a jaguar.

Belen Neighborhood

Located on the left bank of the Itaya River, southeast of Iquitos. Morning visits are recommended. Its origins date back to the beginning of the twentieth century, and it is composed of homes built on top of balsa wood rafts that float on the waters during the flood season. It is a traditional regional style. With the passage of time and the increase in population, the style has changed and more houses are built on a fixed construction on top of wooden pillars, some of them of two stories. During the dry season, people use both floors, but during the flood season, only the second floor is used; since the entire lower zone of Belen remains under water, the population uses boats and canoes for transport, which is why it is considered the “Venice of Loreto”. Belen has two districts: the upper zone where the Belen market and main warehouse are and the lower zone, an informal port and lively commercial center for jungle goods. Today, there are buildings of high quality materials. It is possible to take boat rides on the Amazon and Itaya Rivers

Boras of San Andres

From the BellavistaNanay port by chartered boat on the Nanay and Momón Rivers (20 minutes), on the banks of the Momón River. The inhabitants are originally from the area of the upper Putumayo at the border of Colombia, and attracted by rubber fever, they migrated to the place where they live today. They still maintain their customs and cultural traditions, and their festivals and ceremonies are associated with their myths and legends. They paint their bodies for their dances, the usual pattern among men and women being a stylized snake. The "Fiesta del Pijuayo" and the "Danza de la Viga" are the most important festivals, when people wear masks to represent mythical beings and to dramatize mythological episodes about the origin of the world, humans, and the Bora culture. You can purchase local handicrafts in the area.

Nauta

115 Km (71 miles) from Iquitos (by river). It is located on the left bank of the Marañón River, seven miles from the confluence with the Ucayali River where the Amazon River is born. Founded in 1830, it is one of the oldest population centers in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Due to its strategic location as a linking point between the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers (to see the two rivers unite is an extraordinary sight), it has gained importance, and has become the main trade and communication center. There are basic tourist services in Nauta. Normally is the entryway to PacayaSamiria National Reserve.

PacayaSamiria National Reserve

The Mirrored Jungle- With 2 million hectares, it is the biggest National Reserve of Peru, also it is the largest protected flooded forest of the world and one of the richest places in biological wealth on the planet. Between its biological diversity we find 449 of tropical bird species, 102 of mammals, 256 known species of freshwater fish, 69 of reptiles and more than 1000 varieties of plants, as well as species in danger of extinction like the giant otter, the black lizard, the manatee and the pink dolphin of the Amazon. The place's beauty, as well as its biological wealth makes the reserve a particularly important destination for scientific investigators, nature lovers and bird watchers.