Full Day: Iquitos, History and Culture

Walking tours will allow you to discover the history and culture of Iquitos, once a boom city. Explore Iquitos and learn about this jungle city based on the observation of the buildings of the Rubber Boom Era (1886-1914), and visit the museum to know about the history and the indigenous tribes of the Amazon rainforest. These buildings keep beautiful iron balconies from Hamburg (Germany), tiles from Spain and Portugal and a European-style architecture, unique in Peru.

Main Church in Iquitos, during our walking tours in this Rubber Boom city (1886-1914).

Itinerary

Historic Centre of Iquitos | Boulevard | Historic Ship Museum | Museum of Indigenous Cultures Amazon | Amazon Museum | Itaya River | Belen

8.30 Pick up from your hotel or place required to visit the Boulevard, facing the Itaya River.

9.00-12.00 You will visit the following places:

  • Malecón Tarapacá, facing the Itaya River and surrounding landscape.
  • Amazon Certification Landmark as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, inaugurated in August 2012.
  • Former Hotel Palace, which was the most luxurious building in Iquitos during the Rubber Boom and the first luxury hotel in Peru. In December 2014 a commemorative coin to this building opened in 1912 was issued.
  • Iron House, designed by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel.
  • Plaza de Armas, at the Main Square of Iquitos you will observe the Obelisk and the surrounding buildings: Pinasco House and the Cathedral (Main Church).
  • Morey House, that still retain the splendor of the Rubber Boom. Along this route you will observe the Fernando Lores school, a palace style house.
  • Ayapua Historic Ship, ship from the early Twentieth Century.
  • Boat Ride in the Itaya River.
  • Amazonian Indigenous Cultures Museum, where you can see the clothes, tools and weapons of different tribes from the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon.
  • Amazonian Museum has real-size sculptures showing the various Amazonian ethnic groups by the Peruvian sculptor Philip Lettersten.

12.15 Belen District, visit the viewpoint tower of Belen, and then visit the Belen market where meat, fish and exotic fruits from the Peruvian jungle are spended and walk to Paquito Street, part of the Belen market where you will observe the traditional medicine market: bark liquors, medicinal plants, shamanic potions, handicrafts, and more.

13.30 Return to hotel or Plaza de Armas.

Additional Options:

  • Iquitos Museum, with history of the city. Additional payment: S/.15 Soles.
  • General Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in the city, dated from the late nineteenth century and has the tomb of Carlos Fitzcarrald, statues and the Jewish Cemetery. Additional payment : S/.15 Soles.
  • Manatee Rescue Center (Entrance Fee: S/.10 Soles per person), where you can feed and touch the Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis). Additional payment: S/.15 Soles.
  • Quistococha Zoo (Entrance Fee: S/.10 per person), with 70 rescued Amazonian species and a beach with white sand. Inside Quistococha there are restaurants where you can have lunch dishes from S/.10 Soles. Additional payment: S/.15 Soles.

Service Includes:

  • Pick up from your hotel in Iquitos.
  • Visits indicated in the walking tour program.
  • Entrance fees to attractions listed: Ayapua Historic Ship, Amazonian Indigenous Cultures Museum, and others.
  • Bilingual Guide (English & Spanish).

Service Does Not Include:

  • Gratuity (tips) for our staff.
  • Souvenires (handricrafts, etc).
  • Entrance fees / transportations to attractions listed as Additional Options (extra costs detailed in itinerary).