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Iquitos

Iquitos With almost 500,000 inhabitants, Iquitos is Peru's largest city, and the capital of the huge department of Loreto. Iquitos is linked with the outside world by air and river; it is the largest city in the world wothout road links.

Founded in the 1750s as a Jesuit mission, Iquitos became a rubber boomtown in the late 19th century. Traces of the opulence of those days remain in some of the mansions and tiled walls.

Being so isolated, Iquitos has been by passed by the problems of terrorism and thievery bt watch your possessions nevertheless! There are few cars on the streets; people get around on motorbikes and motocarros, which make the streets perhaps the noisest in Peru. Inhabitants are friendly and easy-going.

Places to Stay

Hostal Alfert
Hostal Tacna
Hostal Monterrico
Hotel Rolando's
Hostal Amazon Garden
Hostal Lima

Places to Visit

Casa de Hierro
Museo Etnografico
Laguna Quistacocha

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