Iquitos Things to Do

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    Monkey Island

    by Austinsnow Updated Oct 24, 2004

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    Monkey Island

    This island, about a half-hour from Iquitos along the river, is a frequent stopping off point on the way to the lodges. If you like monkeys, and always wanted to have one or two clamber all over you, this is the place to go. There are a number of different kinds of monkeys, some provided for by the caretaker there. More Pictures

    Set up for tourists? Absolutely. Still pretty cool? Yup.

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    The Butterfly Farm

    by Austinsnow Updated Oct 24, 2004

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    butterfly at Pilpintuwasi farm

    This isn't in all the guidebooks, but outside Iquitos is the Pilpintuwasi butterfly farm, where an Austrian lady breeds a large variety of butterflies. It's pretty neat - a big greenhouse sized enclosure full of the brilliant butterflies of the jungle, each with its specific plant, caterpillar and cocoon. Some of them are quite friendly, and will actually climb onto your finger if you prod them. More Pictures

    Along with the butterflies, there are also a number of monkeys, a jaguar, tapir, parrots, and other animals around Pilpintuwasi. An interesting afternoon visit, to say the least. Talk to the director of the Texas Rose restaurant for specific information if you want to go there inexpensively.

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    Belen

    by Austinsnow Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Belen

    One of the things people sometimes like doing in Iquitos is wander around the neighborhood of Belen, either by foot or by boat. There is a market up close to the city, a vast expanse of houses way up on stilts, and then a number of houses that float when the water's up, and lie on the mud when it's down.

    For boats to see the place from the water, go down to the water's edge. There'll be plenty of small canoes and drivers willing to take you around for cheap.

    I'm not really sure what to say about the poverty there, but I guess I'll just be straight with it. This is a slum, and you might be appalled by outhouses emptying straight into the river or ditches, or by the general state of things. But it still is real people living in a real place. So please do be polite and don't be arrogant or gawkish.

    A reminder if you go, though. Belen is not known to be the safest place. Some Iquitos residents don't go down there alone, and certainly not at night. Leave valuables behind.

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  • Don' t miss Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

    by Joe66 Written Apr 16, 2004

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    The jungle of the mirrors

    The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is amazing. It is also known as the "Jungle of the mirrors" because the jungle and the sky are reflected so clearly in the dark waters of its rivers and lakes, that one has the sensation of navigating throughout endless mirrors of water. I had the chance to see a lot of animals like the pink dolphin, different species of monkeys, sloths, and birds, like the blue-yellow macaw . The Reserve is only 3 hours from the city of Iquitos and you will also have the chance to see the confluence of the MaraƱon and Ucayali rivers where the Amazonas river begins. I recommend this trip.

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    Belen, the floating town

    by El_Sueco Updated Jul 23, 2003

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    Local street in Belen

    Take a trip in a canoe in Belen, the floating town on river Amazonas.
    Belen is a part of Iquitos and an important center of provision, with great movement of boats, a mix of market, port and a place for living. Here comes fisherman and other merchants in their canoes, full of products.
    If you are on a guided tour, this surely is in the activitiy list. The tour takes about 45 minutes.
    Side by side with Belen is the big Market of Belen. The exact location of the market depends on the level of Amazonas river. The differens in water level is several meters so the market will move back and forth.

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    The floating shanty town of Belen

    by K1W1 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Belen

    The floating shanty town of Belen is a must see while visiting Iquitos. There are huts and houses of all sizes built on floating rafts which rise and fall with the tides. It is easy enough to have a local take you for a guided tour by canoe around the huts and the locals are friendly eoungh. A word of warning though, be alert for pick pockets in the market areas. They are very skillful.

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    The Zoo

    by El_Sueco Written Sep 8, 2002

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    See you later ...

    The zoological garden is located a bit far from the Iquitos centre. You have better take a mosquito there. Tell the driver to wait for you, you will not find any other taxis out there.
    The zoo have all the 'cat' animals that live in Peru and many other animals too.
    In the zoo there is also a small lake and a 'beach' where you can take a swim if you like.
    (see also my shopping tip)

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    Hang out in the plaza

    by JessieLang Written Jun 13, 2009

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    The Plaza

    The plaza is a pleasant place to sit on a bench for a little while and watch the world go by.

    You will probably be besieged by kids selling Amazon T-shirts, but some of them are a good buy.

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    Iglesia Matriz

    by thebeatsurrender Written Jun 20, 2007

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    This church lights the main square of Iquitos, illuminating the humid jungle air with its neon meets neo-gothic charm.

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    Go to the River

    by thebeatsurrender Written Jun 14, 2007

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    The Amazon is why most people visit Iquitos. On the river, you can view floating houses and pink dolphins.

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    Belen

    by Weny Written Oct 27, 2004

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    If you visit Iquitos, try to see the floating city of Belen. There is a very, VERY interesting market. However some things you see might be disturbing so be warned.

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    Malecon Tarapaca (3)

    by El_Sueco Written May 26, 2003

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    House with glazed tiles

    Many houses are decorated with glazed tiles ("cheramic stones") from Portugal. This was before the time of mass fabrication, and each house has its own designed coloured stones.

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    Poor Venezia

    by El_Sueco Updated May 26, 2003
    View towards Belen

    In the background you can see Belen, also called "Poor Venezia".
    At this moment a group of volontaries was working planting grass on the slope down to the water.

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    Malecon Tarapaca (1)

    by El_Sueco Updated May 26, 2003

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    Malecon Tarapaca

    This is Malecon Tarapaca, the street by the side of river Amazonas.
    From the beginning when this was constructed the river was side by side with the Malecon, but has during the years moved 4 km away.

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    House of steel (Casa de Hierro) by Eiffel

    by El_Sueco Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Casa de Hierro

    This funny house made of metal is designed by Eiffel and was brought to Iquitos as the first pre-fabricated house in Peru; constructed in 1897 for Anselmo del Aguila.

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