Up the Amazon River from Iquitos are exciting adventures for the traveler, where conservation-minded lodges have established protected areas under the ownership of indigenous Indians.
Here, Pink Dolphins, Macaws, caimans, and monkeys inhabit a pristine primary rain forest ecology.
Shaman ceremonies with the indigenous Indian trips is a very popular attraction to the area.
Main Attractions at Iquitos:
Parque de Quistococha.
This park has a zoo site with exotic animals and various species of serpents.
Laguna de Moronacocha. A lagoon with a paiche breeding center. The paiche is a very big species of Amazon fish (one or two meters long).
Nineteenth Century Mansions.
Sumptuous and exquisite, they display the opulence of the rubber heyday. Most of these mansions are located in front of the river sidewalk. Most outstanding among them is the Casa de Hierro (Iron House), the so called first prefabricated house in America. It was designed and constructed by Gustave Eiffel, brought from Europe in parts (bolts and nuts included), and assembled in the site in which it currently stands.
Barrio de Belén, also known as The Venice of the Jungle. This quarter is located in the center of the city and built over the waters of the Amazon river.
The Amazon region offers a great opportunity to enjoy this type of tourism. It is the biggest and most assorted natural reserve in the world. It houses no less than 25,000 species of plants already classified; approximately 4,000 species of butterflies; and 2,000 species of fish.
Reserva Nacional del Pacaya-Samiria. This natural reserve is the biggest in the country, with an extension of 21,000 km² (8,108 sq ml). It was created to preserve the distinctive fauna and flora of this enormous extension of Low Jungle territory.
First Week on January. Anniversary of Iquitos.
Week-long festivities to celebrate the founding of the city.
Third Week in February. Carnivals.
June 24. Fiesta de San Juan.
The local people go to the Nanay and Amazonas river banks, taking with them the traditional juanes, cooked on the eve. In front of the waters, they merrily drink and dance.
First Two Weeks in August.
A farm, livestock and crafts fair takes place in the small town of Santa Clara de Nanay, at 14 km (7 ml) from the city of Iquitos.
September 7. Señora de la Natividad.
Date in which the people Tamashiyacu, in the province of Maynas, honor their patron.
December 8. Fiesta de la Purísima,
celebrated in the district of Punchana, at 3 km (1.86 ml) from Iquitos.