Things to do in Iquitos
Activities & Attractions of Iquitos
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Iquitos, Loreto, Peru
- Amazon Gateway
- Tahuayo Lodge
- Lake Quistococha
- Butterfly Farm
- Plaza de Armas
- Iron House
There are many things to do in Iquitos. Iquitos is the gateway to the rainforest surrounding the Amazon River. Suggestions of things to do include visiting the Amazon jungle on a guided tour of the diverse animals and plants. A highly recommended tour is a visit to the Tahuayo Lodge in the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve.
As well as Amazon Jungle Tours, there are other sites to see in Iquitos city. A popular hit with the locals is a lake situated about 10 minutes from Iquitos called Lake Quistococha. Here you can relax on the shore or canoe around the lake. Quistococha also incorporates a botanical garden and small zoological park.
One of the attractions not to be missed is the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm and animal sanctuary. Here you can see animals rescued from poor treatment as pets or abandonment. Not only does the small fee support a good cause, but you will get a close encounter with some native Amazon wildlife like jaguar, tapir, howler monkeys, capuchins, and uakaris. Each of the animals has it’s own quirky personality that the owner, Gudrun, will be more than happy to tell you about.
Around 10-15 minutes out of Iquitos is the small village of Puerto Bellavista Nanay where Iquitos residents come to buy produce including sustainably harvested fruit from the nearby Pacaya Samiria National Park. A fruit you can purchase here is camu camu. You will see this as juice or flavouring for ice cream in restaurants around Iquitos.
In Iquitos, the buildings stand to reflect a now vanished rubber industry that brought wealth and prosperity to this hidden Amazon city. As you wander the city centre near the Plaza de Armas you will no doubt see the iron house designed by Gustave Eiffel famous for Paris’s most famous landmark. A rubber baron was in Paris in the late 1800s and took a shine to the building. To give insight to the power of rubber barons at the time, he decided to buy the building and erect it on the Amazon River. It now stands in Iquitos, over 9500 km from its origin, and part is known as the Amazon Cafe.
The Plaza de Armas is the main square in Iquitos where you can find restaurants, cafes, and bars within a short walking distance. The square situates a neo-gothic church built between 1911 and 1924. The Swiss clock on the church tower was installed in 1925.
A short walk from the Plaza de Armas is the floating area of Belen. Although an interesting area, as the buildings are built on rafts to deal with flooding, this is the poorest part of Iquitos. It isn’t recommended to walk through Belen, but the area can be viewed from the edge of the city, or if desired, en route to the Tahuayo Lodge.
Tahuayo Lodge Iquitos, PeruYou can visit the highly regarded Tahuayo Lodge & Amazon Research Center as part of this tour of the bio-diverse Tahuayo Reserve. You are assigned a private guide & you can choose an itinerary to reflect your interests. Boasting the most itinerary options in Amazonia, you can whiz through the trees on the canopy zipline, view poison dart frog initiatives, & observe different monkeys on the A.R.C primate research grid.Private Guide, Zipline, Primate Research Grid