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Tourism in Loreto

Loreto Peru

Maynas Province

Matriz Church

Plaza de Armas de Iquitos. (Main Square)

The neo-Gothic style church was built between 1911 and 1924. Structure of a single ship presents a pulpit carved in wood on the right side. An interesting detail is the Swiss clock installed in 1925.

Historical Buildings

The city of Iquitos holds a number of architectural jewels that surprise the traveler by the particular style both the beauty of its forms between the exuberance of its forests and the mysterious murmur of the Amazon: are the traces of the passage of the "rubber barons", powerful landowners who made the forest of Peru a true shopping paradise at the end of the 19th century.

As part of the heritage of this stage are some traces of unique design: mansions richly decorated with Arabic tiles (houses Rocha, Morey and Cohen), buildings style Art Nouveau (ex Hotel Palace) or the famous residence designed by Gustave Eiffel was built with metal plates carried by hundreds of men through the jungle.

Malecon Tarapaca or Boulevard

One block from the main square, on the banks of Rio Itaya. Dates from the time of the rubber boom. From there one has an attractive panorama of the river and the floating neighborhood of Bethlehem and its important historical monuments; restaurants and cafes can be seen. Named in memory of the heroes fallen in the war with Chile, the pier has been remodeled and has wide sidewalks, small squares with gardens and a unique gazebo, monument to biodiversity and to the myths and legends of the Amazon region.

Amazon Library

There are editions of various specialized areas, library, newspaper library, film library, map library, art gallery, and exhibition of historical objects and collections of old editions of the Bible. It specializes in regional issues. Was built as a one-story building of 1873; the second floor was built in 1903. A striking series of large windows protected by iron gates

Port and Town of Bethlehem

Belen. Loreto PeruLocated on the left bank of the Itaya River, southeast of the city of Iquitos.
Its origin dates back to early 20th century and is made up of houses built on topa rafts that float in the water level during the flood, in the traditional style of the region. With time and the increase in the population of the town, the pattern of construction has been changing by fixed houses built on round wooden posts (talafitas) and piles of wood of up to 2 floors: both decks are used in the dry season and in time of growing only used the second floor, because the entire floor of Bethlehem is flooded and people moving in boats and canoes, reason by which see it as the "Venecia Loretana". Tourist boat trips are offered by the Itaya and Amazon rivers.

Bethlehem includes two areas: the upper area, where is located the market of the same name and main supplier of products, and the lower, informal port and active center of commercial activity of the products of the forest. Currently there are constructions of noble material.

Tourist complex of Quistococha

At the height of km 7 of Iquitos-Nauta road, southwest of Iquitos (30 minutes by car).
It is located around the Quistococha lagoon. The complex has 369 hectares of natural forest and an artificial beach where visitors can swim, enjoy the sun, its white sands and beautiful landscapes. Rowing boats rides offered by Lake and hiking around the country.

Port Almendra

12 Km. from the guerite in control of the airport of Iquitos (30 minutes by car) diversion 100 meters before Quistococha.
There is the Botanical Garden Arboretum. The Huayo, administered by the Centre for Forestry Research and Teaching Puerto Almendra. The center maintains plots with representative of the basin of the Nanay forest species.
Ecological circuits, walks and visits to the farms of the inhabitants of the area are available.

Lake Zungarococha

12 Km. from the guerite in control of the airport of Iquitos (30 minutes by car).
It is located on the right bank of the Nanay River and is ideal to swim or ride a canoe in the midst of beautiful landscapes. Near Lake is the small lake of Corrientillo, where traditional dishes are offered.

Caserío Santo Tomás ( small village)

At 16 km. southwest of Iquitos (45 minutes by car).
It is located on the banks of the canal that communicates with the Nanay River and the Lake Mapacocha, and it is a good place for skiing, walking in slider, by boat or canoe; nearby there is a motocross circuit. The area is inhabited by a rural community of ethnic Cocama Cocamilla, whose main economic activities are fishing and pottery.

Santa Clara

12 Km. to the South of Iquitos, on the banks of the River Nanay (30 minutes by car).Detour to 500 meters before the airport.
During the dry season (July-November) when the flow of the River descends Nanay, beautiful white sand beaches ideal for swimming get sunburned and where it is possible to camp form in front of the community and elsewhere in the area. It is one of the most attractive places on the outskirts of Iquitos.

Lake Rumococha

4 Km. of the guerite in control of the airport in Iquitos, on the margin of the Nanay River (15 minutes by car).
Closed bow shaped and characterized by favorable calm waters for fishing.

Crafts Market of San Juan

Av. Abelardo Quiñónez, km. 4, 5.
This craft complex produces and sells a wide variety of crafts of the region as woven plant fibers, wood carved, ceramics various with typical motifs, paintings in "llanchama" (tree bark), dressed as typical handicrafts embossed leather and typical drinks, among others. It has a setting for exhibitions of the Amazon culture and an amphitheatre of wood for artistic presentations.

Embarcadero Bellavista Nanay

To the North of Iquitos (mototaxi 10 minutes). On the right bank of the River Nanay.
From sail boats to different destinations such as the ethnic community Boras of San Andrés and the peasant communities of Father Cocha and Manacamiri, where there are re-enactments of traditions for tourist purposes. It is possible to rent boats for walks along the Nanay River and visit the surrounding communities.

Father Cocha

20 Minutes from the town of Bellavista in motor boat. In the left margin of the Nanay River.
Inhabited by ethnic Cocama spoken, community of craftsmen who are mainly engaged in pottery. From this point you can access the tribe of the boras and Pilpintuwasi butterfly farm.

Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

15 Minutes on foot from Pather Cocha.
Quechua word which means "House of the Butterflies". It is home to more than 40 varieties of exotic butterflies in a beautiful habitat surrounded by waterfalls and tropical flowers. You can visit the place and observe the interesting process of reproduction of butterflies, as well as medicinal and ornamental plants, as well as various birds and monkeys, a tapir, a bear species nest and an otorongo.

Boras de San Andrés

Starting from the port of Bellavista Nanay in slider, along the Nanay River - River Momón (20 minutes). On the banks of the River Momón.
Its inhabitants are natives of the area of alto Putumayo, border with Colombia, and they migrated to the place they occupy now attracted by the exploitation of rubber. They have preserved their customs and cultural traditions and festivities and ceremonies are associated to their myths and legends; they used body painting in dances, to be the favorite among men and women the stylized snake. The "Feast of the Pijuayo" and the "Dance of the Beam" are the most important festivals, where masks that represent mythical beings and dramatize mythological episodes about the origin of the world, the man and the Bora culture used. In the area, it is possible to purchase local crafts.



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