The Amazon Basin

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  • 1. Museo de Culturas Indígenas

    Museum/Gallery

    This small museum housed in a pale blue building on the Malecón Tarapacá has an impressive collection of colorful headdresses made from the...Read More

  • 2. Casa de Fierro

    Building/Architectural Site

    The most interesting structure on the Plaza de Armas is this “Iron House,” which was originally the home of a rubber baron but now houses a...Read More

  • 3. Centro de Rescate Amazónico

    Zoo/Aquarium

    At this animal-rescue center, a short trip south of town, you can get a close look at one of the region's rarest, and most threatened, species...Read More

  • 4. Distrito de Belén

    Market/Bazaar

    Iquitos's most fascinating neighborhood lies along, and floats upon, the Itaya River. During high-water season (December–May), tiny houses on...Read More

  • 5. Hotel Palacio

    Building/Architectural Site

    Iquitos enjoyed its heyday as a port during the rubber boom a century ago. Some of the wealth of that time can still be detected in the imported...Read More

  • 6. Malecón Tarapacá (aka Malecón Maldonado)

    Promenade/Boardwalk

    This pleasant waterfront walk between Brasil and Pevas is a good place for an evening stroll. During high-water season, the Itaya River reaches...Read More

  • 7. Museo Amazónico

    Museum/Gallery

    This "museum" has a few faded paintings and "bronzed" fiberglass statues of local indigenous people. One room holds temporary exhibitions by...Read More

  • 8. Museo de Barcos Históricos

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The Ayapua, a 33-meter (108-foot) boat built in Hamburg, Germany, in 1906, navigated the Brazilian Amazon for much of the rubber boom and was...Read More

  • 9. Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    A 20-minute boat ride and a short walk from the port of Bellavista Nanay will bring you to Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, which raises some 42...Read More

  • 10. Port Bellavista Nanay

    Market/Bazaar

    About 3 km (1½ miles) north of downtown Iquitos, at the end of Avenida La Marina, is this muddy beehive of activity with a large open-air market...Read More

  • 11. Helados Giornata

    Store/Shop/Mall

    The equatorial heat provides ample motivation to pop into Helados Giornata, an ice cream parlor on the Plaza de Armas that specializes in sherbets...Read More

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