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Things to do in Iquitos

Things to do in Iquitos

Continuing with the section of ideas of activities to do and places to visit,

this time we introduce you to Iquitos, the capital of the Peruvian Amazon.


Hello, dear reader! We hope you have been inspired by our activity ideas for Lima and Cuzco!

This time it’s Iquitos’ turn, a destination you can’t miss and even more with this list that will allow you to make the most of all your free time.

If you want to know more, we invite you to continue reading

Monumental Zone:

Pinasco House:

Important architectural building that was a department store of the Italian-German firm “Luis Pinasco”, built in Iquitos during the first decades of the twentieth century.

On the second floor there were all kinds of merchandise coming from Europe, exclusive products, in addition to having an elegant bar that was the center of recreation for the families of Iquitos. Declared a National Historic Monument in 1986.

Address: Jirón Próspero Cdra. 1


Iron House:

Iron House

Source: @lizmarcita

Historical Cultural Patrimony of the Nation. It was designed in 1860 by the renowned designer Gustav Eiffel and was brought by river, since there was no other way to move this “Great House”.

It was to be moved to Madre de Dios, but was finally located in front of the Plaza de Armas of Iquitos, where it is currently located. Today, it functions as one of the best restaurants in Iquitos on the second floor and on the first floor, as the headquarters of small commercial establishments.

Address: Jirón Putumayo 182

Hours: 11am- 9:30pm

Phone: 929 492 913



Iquitos Cathedral:

Iquitos Cathedral

Source: @shaun.anchorless

San Juan Bautista Cathedral is considered the main urban icon of the city and a National Historical and Cultural Heritage Site.

Address: Jirón Putumayo 271

Phone: (065) 234465


Cohen House:

Single-story building built by one of the first Jews who came to Iquitos. The sides of its facade show a series of large doors crowned with semicircular arches and the walls are covered with mosaics, with decorations in low relief and bright colors.

Address: Jirón Próspero 401


Tarapaca Pier

Tarapaca Pier

Source: @alextupia

This boardwalk, also called the Boulevard of Iquitos, is a large avenue named in honor of the fallen heroes of the War of the Pacific. It has a beautiful view of the Amazon and Itaya rivers and is surrounded by important historical monuments, restaurants and cafes. It was built in the late 1800s, during the time of rubber exploitation.

Address: Behind the Iquitos Main Square


Ex Palace Hotel

Built in 1912, it has been considered the best and most luxurious hotel in the Peruvian Amazon, the first luxury hotel in Peru.Its three floors have been carefully decorated with balconies and iron railings from Hamburg, Carrara marble, Sevillian mosaics and arabesques.

Address: Mal. Tarapaca 200, Iquitos

Hours: mon-fri from 8am to 8pm

Ex Palace Hotel

Source: @malou

“Ayapua” Historical Ship Museum

Museum ship located on the banks of the Ramón Castilla y Marquesado square, which operated during the “rubber boom” period.

Address: Calle Raimondi nro. 4, Plaza Ramón Castilla

Hours: mon-sat from 9 am to 5:30pm

Phone: (065) 235809


Ayapua Ship

Source: @barcomuseoayapua


Iquitos Amazon Library

Considered the second most important site in Latin America on Amazonian issues.

Address: Mal. Tarapacá 354

Hours: mon-fri from 3pm to 7pm



Quistococha Lagoon:


Source: @stefdelaguila

This tourist complex has a well-known artificial beach of white sand, a boat ride on a lagoon, a visit to the local fauna and a taste of the delicious gastronomy of the jungle.

Address: Km 6.3 de carretera Iquitos-Nauta

Hours: mon-sun from 8am to 4:30pm



Animal life:

You’re coming to one of the most diverse areas in the world and you’re not going to visit our animal friends? No way!

This is home to pink dolphins, manatees, monkeys, turtles, boas and many more species!


Wildlife rescue center and butterfly farm. Offers guided tours and the option of being a volunteer.

Address: Padre Cocha, Iquitos

Hours: tue-sun  at 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

Phone: +51901387552


Pilpintuwasi animals

Source: @pilpintuwasi


Amazonian Rescue Center (CREA)

Orphanage for manatees and other Amazonian aquatic animals in danger of extinction due to indiscriminate hunting.

Address: Carretera Iquitos – Nauta km. 13.8

Hours: tue-sun from 9am to 3pm

Phone: (+51) 991476519



Source: @centroderescateamazonico


Monkeys’ Island:

The rescue center has an area of 450 hectares and protects approximately 46 monkeys of 8 species and also sloths, and has become a true refuge where humans and primates live in perfect harmony. You can visit, volunteer or be the “godfather” of a little monkey.

Address: Condamine 416

Hours: +51 965841807

Phone: mon- sun from 9am to 4pm




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