If you’re looking for the best way to experience the Amazonian jungle, then you might consider taking a South American cruise that visits Iquitos, Peru. This colorful remote city is so far-off that you can only access it via air or water! Unlike other major port cities, Iquitos lacks in major attractions and landmarks, but makes up for it with a unique atmospheric culture. You’ll discover many opportunities to experience local life as well as a few remaining relics from the city’s rubber boom. There’s also a handful of museums, local restaurants, animal sanctuaries, and a market district, all of which are worth exploring.
The weather is generally pleasant year-round in Iquitos, so there's not really a "best" time of year to go there as far as the weather goes.
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These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Iquitos, along with a brief description:
♦ Plaza de Armas de Iquitos
Of all the public squares in Iquitos, Plaza de Armas de Iquitos is a must-visit! Not only is it located near many shops and the water’s edge, it’s a great opportunity to get a taste of local life! Don’t be surprised if you see many tuk-tuk cars going back and forth – these are a popular mode of transportation in the city. There’s also a relaxing water fountain in the square, multiple buildings with ties to the rubber industry, and home to all kinds of nightly entertainment. At night, it is a great place to enjoy street food and grab a souvenir from one of the many vendors that set up.
♦ Mercado Belen
One of Iquitos’ most well-known markets with Mercado Belen, where you can find everything from local cuisine, medicinal plant, fresh fruits, fish, and many other unique items for sale. This is an incredible way to immerse yourself in local culture when visiting Iquitos. As this market tends to get very crowded, you might consider planning your visit in the morning. Nonetheless, you can expect friendly and welcoming vendors and a perfect representation of Belen culture.
♦ Casa de Fierro
History buffs cannot skip over the chance to visit Cada de Fierro, a 19th century iron residence that dates back to Peru’s rubber boom. The building is believed to be designed by famous architect Gustav Eiffel and shipped to Iquitos from France in pieces. Today, the home is now occupied by Club Social de Iqutios and there is a restaurant on the second floor, which gets many rave reviews!
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