Destination guide: Iquitos, Peru
Iquitos is the largest port in the Peruvian Amazon, which helps boost tourism in the region. From here, you can take interesting excursions through the jungle and to different lake areas, getting as far as the Atlantic.
Purchase your tickets to Iquitos and get to know the Amazon River, the Jungle of Mirrors, the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve, the Tarapaca embankment and the Quistococha complex, as well as many other tourist attractions.
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Iquitos - Things to do
Casa de Fierro
Every guidebook tells of the 'majestic' Casa de Fierro (Iron House) designed by Eiffel (of Tower fame). It was made in Paris in 1860 and imported piece by piece into Iquitos around 1890, during the opulent rubber-boom days, to beautify the city. Although three different iron houses were imported, only one, at the southeast corner of the Plaza de Armas, survives.
It looks like a bunch of scrap-metal sheets bolted together, and was once a store and the Iquitos Club. There is now a store on the ground floor. There are plans afoot to open an upstairs restaurant and bar. Stay tuned.
Latitude: -3.7498509200000/ Longitude: -73.2439890800000
Sub-type: Architectural, Cultural.
Address: Plaza de Armas, city center.
Picturesquely located along the Malecón is an old building housing the small Museo Etnográfico, which includes life-sized fiberglass casts of members of various Amazon tribes. You'll find the Biblioteca Amazónica onsite as well.
Latitude: -3.7522452070000/ Longitude: -73.2443948300000
Opening Hours: museum & library open Mon-Fri.
Address: cnr Malecón & Morona, city center
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm
A visit to the fascinating Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm is highly recommended. Ostensibly this is a conservatorium and breeding center for Amazonian butterflies. Butterflies aplenty there certainly are, including the striking blue morpho (Morpho menelaus) and the fearsome-looking owl butterfly (Caligo eurilochus), which has a big owl-like eye on its wing. But it’s the farm’s exotic animals that steal the show. Raised as orphans and protected within the property are several mischievous monkeys, Lolita the tapir and Pedro Bello, a majestic orphaned jaguar, who has his own enclosure. You’ll also meet capricious Rosa, a giant anteater who wanders around freely looking for ants. To get there, take a small boat from Bellavista-Nanay, a small port 2km north of Iquitos, to the village of Padre Cocha. Boats run all day. The farm is signposted and is a 15-minute walk through the village from the Padre Cocha boat dock.
Telephone Number:+51 65 23 2665.
Address: Padra Cocha.
Transportation Type: boat
Details: boat from Bellavista-Nanay (2km/1.2mi N of Iquitos) to Padre Cocha; 15min walk through village.