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Almost a half million people call this Amazon city home, making it, perhaps, the largest city in the world not reachable by road. Instead, visitors will arrive by air or boat, as the Amazon River is the largest thoroughfare in the area. This jungle city is a great starting point for visits into the Amazon.

Iquitos Highlights:

The Iron House
Designed by French architect Eiffel, the house was made in France. During the boomtown days of the Rubber industry, it was sent, in pieces, to Iquitos, where it was painstakingly reconstructed. On the corner of the Plaza de Armas, it now contains a café, bar/ restaurant and the British Consul.

These colorful tiles, imported from Portugal, were brought to Iquitos by wealthy rubber barons. Used to decorate their mansions to denote their high standing in society, many old mansions and government buildings still have remnants of the past and are a delight to observe with a leisurely stroll down some of the main thoroughfares.

Iquitos Tour:

Half Day Iquitos and Quistococha Lagoon Tour
You'll begin this tour with a visit it the Plaza de Armas, the main hub of activity for the city. You'll see the palace of Justice and another main plaza before stopping to see the local market, alive with the sounds of commerce. You'll see a lesser-known work of architect Gustave Eiffel and then enjoy a visit to a botanical park to see the Quistococha Lagoon and see rainforest flora and fauna.

Iquitos Lodging:

El Dorado Plaza Hotel
Only one hotel in the northern Peruvian Amazon has earned tie five star designation, and the El Dorado Plaza takes their responsibilities seriously. Rooms vary from standards with two queen size beds to the presidential suites, with three rooms. All rooms offer fine living, with no detail left untouched. Each room has a view of the pool and many also provide vistas of the Seat of Arms. The fine dining restaurant within the hotel also provides exceptional room service. Guests can cool off at the pool after a day of exploring this city of the rainforest.
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