Iquitos is the largest town and regional capital of the Peruvian Amazon. It has rich architectural heritage with Spanish, French and English influences. The main square, the "PLAZA DE ARMAS" is overlooked by the famous Ironhouse, brought to Iquitos from Paris by boat in 1800s. The main street 'Avenida Prospero' is lined with large extravagant buildings built during the rubber boom years of the late 1890s and early 1900s.
La Avenida Prospero stretches down to the famous market at Belen where you can buy virtually every product of the selva imaginable. Meats, fruits, herbal remedies and wooden products as well as clothes and other items brought in by river from all over Peru.
Iquitos is a large town that has the benefit of many facilities including a number of varied hotels, restaurants and bars and a 5 screen air-conditioned cinema. But despite all this Iquitos retains its Amazon identity, very much a place full of energy, with a friendly smiling face on every corner.
Traveling around Iquitos is simple, there are thousands of small motorbike 'rickshaw' taxis called MOTOKARS. They are very cheap and always very obliging, carrying as many poeple or goods, or even animals as can fit in. Iquitos is also a place where you can feel very safe, moving around in Motokar or by foot even at night without problems.
The cultural centre for 'Loretanos' and the place to be at the weekends and evenings is the Bulevar, the waterfront promenade, with its open air theatres, street vendors, childrens rides and of course music filling the night air from the bars and restaurants that line the Promenade. The Bulevar also has stunning views out over the river and floodplain.Sitting sipping a cold drink looking out over the Amazon is one of the unforgettable memories for many visitors.
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