IQUITOS

European-Peruvians established Iquitos as a Jesuit mission to the indigenous peoples in the 1750s. Growth began in 1864 it when the settlers created the Loreto Region and made Iquitos its capital. It is the seat of a Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate. Is the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest, with a population of 370,962 inhabitants

Located on the shores of the Amazon River, it is only 106m (348ft) above sea level, although it is more than 3000km-1864miles from the mouth of the Amazon at Belém (Brazil) on the Atlantic Ocean. It is situated 125km-78miles downstream of the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers, the two main headwaters of the Amazon River. Iquitos has long been a major port in the Amazon Basin. It is surrounded by three rivers: the Nanay, the Itaya, and the Amazon. The city can be reached only by airplane or boat, with the exception of a road to Nauta, a small town roughly 100km-62miles south. Ocean vessels of 3000 tons to 9000 tons can reach Iquitos from the Atlantic Ocean. Most travel within the city is via bus, motorcycle, or auto rickshaw (mototaxi). Transportation to nearby towns often requires a river trip via a small public motorized boat (peque-peque).

The wealthiest Europeans built great mansions in the late 19th century, some of which survive. Casa de Fierro (Spanish for the Iron House) was designed by Gustave Eiffel, designer of the Eiffel Tower. After rubber seeds were smuggled out of the country and began to be cultivated in quantity elsewhere, the Peruvian boom came to an end. The city is still an important trading port in the Amazon basin.

RECOMMENDED TOURS IN IQUITOS REGION

AQUA CRUISE (second best luxury cruise)

  • Duration  
  • 8 days / 7 nights Operates
  • All year
  • Recommended Season 
  • April to December
  • Fixed Departures Saturdays
Rates 2011 US$ 5600.00 per person Based in double accommodation in a suite room US$ 5950.00 per person Based in double accommodation in a master suite room Additional for single room + 25% of regular rate
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AQUA CRUISE

  • Duration 
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Operates
  • All year
  • Recommended Season 
  • April to December
  • Fixed Departures 
  • Fridays
Rates 2011

US$ 5950.00 per person
Based in double accommodation in a suite room

US$ 6650.00 per person
Based in double accommodation in a master suite room

Additional for single room + 25% of regular rate
Children under 12 years old receive a 20% discount

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SHORT AMAZON EXPERIENCE

  • Duration
  • 2 days / 1 nights
  • Recommended Season 
  • From April to December
  • Departures 
  • Everyday

Rates 2011
                                 
US$ 280.00 per person
Based in double accommodation

+ US$ 30.00
Single room supplement

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LARGEST CANOPY WALKWAY

  • Duration 
  • 4 days / 3 nights
  • Recommended Season 
  • From April to December
  • Departures  
  • Everyday
Rates 2011
                                 
US$ 630.00 per person
Based in double accommodation

+ US$ 90.00
Single room supplement

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