OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY
Quistococha Tourist Resort
At km 6,3 of the Iquitos – Nauta Highway.
Visits: Monday to Sunday 8:00-17:00.
About 15 minutes drive, the resort spreads across 369 ha and is located around the Quistococha lake. The lake is 56 ha long and 8 m deep. On its banks there is an artificial beach known as Tunchi Playa.
Visitors are welcomed to visit the museum, aquarium, serpentarium, small zoos, hiking trails around the lake, as well as small embankment where they can rent boats. A restaurant and a collection of captive birds, a playground and sports grounds are also available to visitors.
Farmer community located on the banks of a branch of the Nanay river, 16 km from Iquitos and 200 meters from the airport, Santo Tomás is the city’s main resort. The quiet waters of the Nanay river are ideal to practice swimming and ski, as well as boating or canoeing.
Located on the banks of the Nanay river, 12 km from Iquitos, its main attractions include the white sand beaches that are formed in the dry season, and its natural landscape.
This dock is located 3,5 km from Iquitos and about 20 minutes drive on three-wheeled van, on the Nanay riverside. The dock has boat rental facilities for river cruising allowing the visit of adjacent hamlets such as Padre Cocha and San Andrés.
Located 12,1 km from the airport’s control sentry and about 30 minutes drive, this port is home to the Puerto Almendra Research and Forest Teaching Center featuring the El Huayo Arboterum Botanical Garden with parcels showing the various natural species found in the Nanay basin. The center provides ecological circuits and recreational areas for hiking and visits to local farms.
Located 3,8 km from the airport’s control sentry and about 15 minutes drive southwest of Iquitos on the banks of the Nanay river, this closed arch-shaped lake has very quite waters that make it a perfect spot for fishing.
This lake is located 12 km from the airport’s control sentry and about 30 minutes’ ride, on the right bank of the Nanay river. From here visitors have a breathtaking view of the landscape and can also swim and practice canoeing
Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
Located 150 km from the city of Iquitos upstream the Amazon river and about 18 hours by peke peke (*), the reserve is in the area of confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali rivers, in the provinces of Requena and Loreto. This is the largest national reserve in Peru, the second largest in the Amazon Basin and the fourth largest in South America. It spreads across a total of 2 080 thousand ha irrigated by the Samiria and Pacaya rivers, home of a large flora and fauna biodiversity.
Located in the province of Alto Amazonas, on the basin of Pastaza river. The 75 km perimeter and 10 m depth of the lake make it the largest in the Peruvian Amazon region.
There is a great variety of handicrafts, such as pottery with geometrical designs, hand painted cloth and a series of artifacts made using the region’s natural resources.
- Chonta (palm sprouts) salad,
- Tacacho con cecina (mashed roast or fried green banana mixed with lard and cured meat).
- Inchicapi (chicken soup with peanuts, cilantro and cassave)
- Cecina (delicious cured beef or pork meat).
- Patarashca (roasted fish wrapped in banana leaves).
- Juane (steamed rice tamales seasoned with turmeric and stuffed with chicken chunks, wrapped in bijao leaves).
Noteworthy is the large variety of tropical fruits such as papaya, melon, aguaje, taperiba, banana, cocona and guava.
The traditional drinks are:
- Masato (drink based on crushed cooked cassave fermented with sweet potato or sugar).
- Chuchuhuasi (eau-de-vie based on a bitter, astringent root, very popular in the entire Jungle region).
Feast of San Juan (June)
The influence of John the Baptist as a symbol is very strong in the Peruvian jungle because of the importance of water as a vital element in the entire Amazon region. This is why this feast is celebrated with typical bands and the region’s traditional dishes.
(*) Peke Peke: motor-driven canoes that have become the most common means for mass transportation in the Peruvian Amazonian region. They can carry up to 30 passengers. Despite they are slow and very noisy, they are very inexpensive. Ideal for short trips.
Aeropuerto Internacional Crnel. Francisco Secada Vignetta
Av. Abelardo Quiñones km 6.
Hospital Regional de Iquitos.
Av. 28 de Julio s/n Punchana.
24 hour service.
Hospital de Apoyo de Iquitos
Cornejo Portugal 1710.
24 hour service.
Comisaría de Morona de Iquitos
Calle Morona 120.
24 hour service.
Comisaría de Punchana
Av. de la Marina/28 de Julio.
24 hour service.
Malecón Tarapaca – Boulevard.
Open: Monday to Sunday: 8:00-22:00.
Mercado Artesanal de San Juan
Av. Quiñones km 4.5.
Open: Monday to Sunday 8:00-22:00.
Av. Arica 402
Open: Monday to Saturday 8:00-19:00, Sun: 9:00-13:00.
Regional Tourism and Industry Office
Calle Ricardo Palma 113, 5th floor, Iquitos.
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