Originally founded as a Jesuit mission, today Iquitos is the gateway to the Amazon jungle. And what is special about Iquitos? You can not get to the city by car or bus, because (still) there is no road that leads to the capital of the Loreto region. Iquitos can only be reached by plane or, if you have a lot of time and want to see the incredible scenery from the water, by boat.
Formerly a booming center for rubber cultivation and the trade of raw material requested, tourism today focuses on tourism, because those who want to venture into the wild jungle will begin their journey right here. It is not surprising that one finds a very active nightlife with live music, beer and laughter, but also a variety of accommodation. From the simple hostel for backpackers to luxurious resorts with lush gardens.
The views of Iquitos are “gimmicky” relatively fast: there is the Church of the Holy Mother, the Mother Church in the Plaza de Armas. It is the tallest building in the city (and not very tall), but it is much more beautiful. Also in the main square there is an architectural marvel: the Casa de Hierro, a house built entirely with iron plates, created by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel.
The district of Belen used to be one of the poorest in the city. Today, houses on stilts and houseboats attract visitors every day, who can stock up on all kinds of souvenirs and try the delicious street food here.
Those who want to enter the jungle from Iquitos, get everything they need, from equipment to supplies, guides and clothing. But there is one thing you should consider as a traveler: tourists are one of the main sources of income and, therefore, all try to make “quick suns”. It is well known that money is little related to tourists, and not only in Peru. Therefore one must, especially with tours in the jungle, only to the reputable agencies (it is located around the Plaza de Armas) in turn and in no case in the direction of the street.