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Iquitos Travel Guide

The city of Iquitos

Iquitos are generally considered the largest in the world that cannot be reached by road, only by airplane or boat - unless you're travelling from Nauta, a small town roughly 100km south. Most travel within the city itself is via bus, motorcycle, or auto (mototaxi, motocarro or motokar).

The Main Square: Heart of the city, congregates many people during the evening, chattering spot. In the center of the square is located a monument in remembrance of the death warriors of the "Guerra del Pacífico" (Pacific War). In the surrounding areas you will find the City Hall, the Cathedral, social clubs and commercial establishments.

Jirón Próspero: It is one of the main streets of the city, most of the businesses are located here, travel agencies, airline agencies, craft markets, banks, cloth stores and many more.

Belén: It is poor people's neighborhood, in the southwest of Iquitos.

Located at 10 blocks from the Main Square. It is located next to the Itaya river and is characterized because great part of its houses are located on the bed of the river and they are adapted to the changes of height of the waters.

This neighborhood in turn is the great market of the city, and every day at dawn arrive fishermen, hunters and farmers with their canoes loaded with products. In the market you will find medicinal herbs and beverages, exotic and a great variety of fruits.

Casa de Hierro: Built by the French Gustave Eiffel for the Exhibition of Paris in 1889 and bought by millionaire Anselmo del Aguila, the one who brought it in pieces to Iquitos, including bolts and nuts, and assembled it on its actual location, north west of the Main Square.


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