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COOL THINGS TO DO IN IQUITOS 2016-12-16T15:08:40+00:00

Trenty cool things to do at Iquitos:

There many interesting things you can do at Iquitos without hiring any travel agency; look at this non touristy list and dare to explore Iquitos by yourself!!! Of course coolest thing to do at Iquitos is going with us for a jungle tour.

Iquitos tour can be designed by yourself for a couple of days. Just check our list, compare it with other ones and get ready for  our 11 top cool things to do at Iquitos.

 

Belen Market:

There are so many things to  say about Belen and this list is brief, so please go to our link for some real and funny info about Belen. It is for sure the Top Place to visit, and the most shocking one for sure. Both areas,  the market that is up hill and the flooded neighborhood are a complete trip. Pasaje Paquito is one it´s highlights. No Iquitos Tour is complete without going Belen to see how people live and work at the Peruvian Amazon.

For more info, please go: http://llaquipallay.com/iquitos-peruvian-amazon/belen-floating-market/

The Boulevard

Bulevar is how locals call the Coast Side area (Malecón) of the river, where Amazon course was before (it was moved in 1996), and now filled by Itaya river waters; is plenty of  bars and restaurants, where the most recommendable ones are  Fitzcarraldo, La Noche and Dawn at the Amazon; and for bars no one is like Arandu, that since more than 20 years ago rules the Bule´s nights. At morning only a few of them are open, because of the east side (and the sun) faces the Boulevard  and some mornings can be really warm. Sunday night is the craziest night of all; is full of people that comes from all over the peripheria to have a “splash” of fun, with all kid of objects and weird characters performing some no sense shows that you won´t forget.

Eco Farm Arapaima Gigas

It is a Eco_Farm, the only one, at Peruvian Amazon, internationally certificated because of it´s good practices. Initially was only a paiche farm,  amazonian rainforest biggest fish, that can get up to 3 meters; Arapaima Gigas is the scientific name of that fish. Now the place has the most wanted fishes dishes; not only paiches; gamitanas (thick and big), sábalos and other basses, specially  peacock bass, all wrapped in a tasty big leave called bijao and roasted after being marinated with amazonian spices as sacha culantro, sweet pepper  and other secret formulas. That traditional way of preparing tasty fish is called Patarashca.

The restaurant is surrounded by lagoons where fishes and alligators are farmed with organic food; capibaras (ronsocos) and a friendly Tapir (biggest world´s roedors), ducks and chickens are free hanging around over the many acres of this place; you can get a lime or other fruit from the farm and feed them. They are very close to be a sustainable and a profitable permaculture case.  It is located in the beginning of the road to Zungarococha, you can go by bus to the  Quistococha road  to  where Zungarococha sandy-muddy  road starts and go in a mototaxi for 3 soles; or straight in a mototaxi from Iquitos´dowtown for 15 soles. By the moment, no Iquitos Tours company offers take you by there.

General Cementery of Iquitos:

One of the most peculiar cementeries around the world, maybe the most colorful one. There is no rules about designs and standards; if a boat owner dies,  his family can make a cript with one his boats´s  sculpts. The walls cripts have a different color each of them, each death  guy or lady ; can be pink, red, orange or whatever was the favorite of the buried person. If the young lady buried loved Barbie, the famous doll,  for sure you will find a kind of Barbie´s palace over her dead body.

It was builded when local goverbenment took the Jewish cementery property, during second war, and reducing this one only a minimum part of the cementery; Jewish comunity still has it´s own cementery at Iquitos, at same place, and their trying to rescue their traditions; even last 50 years less than ten dead jewish guys were buried by there.

The old Iquitos Christian cementery does not exist no more, a school, streets, Court Palace,  and a big public park were builded over it (Plaza 28 area) that was the location of  first Christian cementery. The current General Cementery has all this surrealism that mixes all kind of religions and egos in a very kitsch place, but for sacred issues, as dead is for many people. A very weird place to visit!!! It is located in calle Alfonso Ugarte; block number 6. 2 soles a mototaxi for going by there.

Quistococha:

It is the traditional touristy Peruvian Amazon rainforest place but a still interesting place to go . Specially because it has a white sand  beach in a beautiful lagoon; it´s name comes from Cristo-Cocha (Christ-Lagoon); the legend says that all native villagers saw a Christian cross go into the deep waters of this wonderful lake.

Originally, by 1970’s was a zoo; with animals in cages, but little by litlle, they got bigger spaces; and they created a beautiful medicinal botanical garden, as well. It has restaurants, and bars too. Entrance fee is around 3 soles per person. A mototaxi takes you to there in 40 minutes aproximately, for 15 soles. Buses go for 2.50 soles, takes maybe one hour and a half.

It is so big than a whole day can be enjoyed by there, specially families and groups of friends.

El Mirador

It is cement maiden Watchtower, at the highest  point over the Amazon River coast side. Is only 15 minutes away from Bellavista Port, and a slow boat, called peque peque can take you for 30 soles (not per person), the entrance is 10 soles, per person.  You go down port at Independencia village and climb a hill up to where the Mirador is located.

It is really worthy going by there, specially at sunset time by the months of november to june, when the Amazon river is wider.  They sell snacks, drinks and native artcraft as well, and has a good bathroom services as well; and is very well decorated; nice for chillax at the begining of Iquitos jungle.

Pilpintuwasi:

It is a butterfly farm, very well organized by an Austrian biologist. It is a 45 minutes with their own guides tour. The entrance is 20 soles for adults, 10 soles for students. They show many varieties of butterfly and their whole process since they are only larves. Other animals as gators, monkeys and smaller mammals can be found as well. It is a really lovely place and maybe the best cared around Iquitos.

For going by there, first have to take a bus (1 sol) or a mototaxi (4 soles) to Bellavista Nanay Port; and hire a boat to take you to el Mariposario (Butterfly farm), for about 50 soles; or wait for a public peque boat to get filled, for 3 soles;  Pipintuwasi is located next to Padrecocha, a traditionally  pottery specialized Kukama comunity, the boat trip takes around 30 minutes against Nanay river´s stream; 15 minutes to come back to Iquitos.

Be aware of the fake Mariposario (Butterfly Farm), that is just in front; the propper one at Peruvian Amazon, and in a good Iquitos Tours is called Pilpintuwasi. For more info: http://www.amazonanimalorphanage.org/

Bellavista Port

It is located where the Nanay rivers meet the Amazon. So, has two different harbours, one, at the right side for going down river the Amazon and another one, at the left side, for going upper the Nanay River. All Iquitos and Jungle Tours Operators that takes tourists close to Iquitos Jungle Lodges use this port as well.

It is famous because it´s afternoon and evening food market; where traditionally Iquitos people go since more than 50 years ago to get fresh fish dinner; and not only fish; even now not legal food (but traditional)  is sold everywhere at Bellavista: like turtle eggs or roasted gators.  Suris, a very well demanded warm is part of the menu too. The picarones, made with sweet potato donuts marinated with honey, are memorable; same as macambos (roasted cacao seeds) and specially the patarashcas (wrapped in leafs roasted fresh fish).

A mototaxi charges 4-5 soles for going by there; the bus trip is recomendable as well (1.00 sol per person).

Eiffel Iron House:

Originally builded at Hamburg, was bought by a rubber lord after getting the cash for his rubber sale at the German port, where the same building was the guest house where he was staying, his name was Antonio Vaca Diez, Carlos Fitzcarraldo (from Herzog´s Fitzcarraldo movie)  partner, but this one died just before the house arrived to Iquitos. He brought it to Iquitos all across the Atlantic ocean and later was rebuilded again at Iquitos main square, but sold to another rubber lord, Anselmo del Aguila.

There is no certain evidence that proves that was design or builded by Gustav Eiffel; but as a urban legend  it is the Iquitos´s Eiffel house.  Bringing a iron house to one of the warmest city was for sure, a big show of ego, and madness,  more than nothing else during those rich, but short  Iquitos´ rubber boom times.

Right now ther is a few commerces at first floor and an empty restaurant at the second floor.

Manatee Rescue Center- ACOBIA CREA

This centre was originally only for manatees rescue from private pools or private lagoons; after recovering weight enough they were released back to the jungle; at Pacaya Samiria Reserved Area. By now, you can find monkeys, macaws and many other animals being recovered and very well cared at this place. The Centre is at the road to Quistococha; same fees in transportation; 20 soles for adults (there are bilingual guides).

They have a very interesting environmental education programs for Iquitos kids; and it is sponsored by Dallas Sea Aquarium and IIAP (Instituto de Investigación de la Amazonía). For more info: http://www.centroderescateamazonico.com/index-en.php

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Bus Ride

Iquitos´s buses are unique; they are wooden made inside; and with a thin zinc roll covered outside, painted full of colours. The reason why they are unique is because they are locally builded. Transportation costs are so expensive that importers bring only the engine and the wheels system; all the rest of the bus is assembled at Iquitos. Importing a whole bus wonpt be competitive at all for the fee they charge. For one sol you can go for a long ride. Try it and ask yourself how windows work out when rains starts.  Haaa….they have a slow rhythm, funny and chill at the say time, like the whole city.

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