IQUITOS – Amazon River Source of Life
Iquitos is located in northwestern Peru, on the banks of the Amazon River, recently declared one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Iquitos is the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon, serving as the gateway to countless excursions into the jungle and to ecological reserves.
A city well known for the friendliness of its people, Iquitos became relevant for the modern world during the Golden Age of rubber (1890-1911), when it became a great city. The excessive luxury and opulence of the period is evident in what remains of the Art Nouveau mansions existing in the city, and in the Casa de Fierro (Iron House), which was originally built by the Frenchman Gustave Eiffel for an exhibition in Paris in 1889.
Sailing down the mighty Amazon River has become a dream of travelers and researchers, thanks to the French marine biologist Jacques Cousteau, who revealed the Amazon’s rich natural history to the world on board the Calypso at the end of the 20th Century. Currently there are several cruise lines that sail the Amazon and enter the jungle, offering their guests an unforgettable journey with five-star hotel service.
The hanging bridges located around the hundreds of lodges in the area are another option to reach the heart of the Amazon. These are small paths located among the treetops, with safe platforms from where you can observe the diversity of the local flora and fauna from up close.