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Iquitos, Peru

Iquitos, known as the Capital of the Peruvian Amazon, is a destination that combines places with European-style architecture and natural Amazonian landscapes

Typical food

Dishes you can't miss

<p>Juane</p>,Iquitos, Peru

Juane

dough made of rice stuffed with chicken meat, olives, and boiled egg, and wrapped in bijao leaves.

<p>Tacache</p>,Iquitos, Peru

Tacache

A kind of purée made from green plantain, lard, pork cracklings, and Amazonian species.

<p>Sarapatera</p>,Iquitos, Peru

Sarapatera

soup made of turtle meat, onions, and green plantains, boiled directly in the shell.

<p>Paiche frito</p>,Iquitos, Peru

Paiche frito

sliced fish fried with pepper, lemon, and soy sauce.

Typical food of Iquitos, Peru

The cuisine of Iquitos mixes Peruvian traditional techniques with exotic ingredients of the Peruvian Amazon

The typical dishes of Iquitos are an interesting mix of traditional cuisine and exotic ingredients from the Amazon jungle. One of the typical stews is juane, which is a kind of dough made from rice that is stuffed with chicken meat, olives, and boiled egg, and wrapped in a leaf of bijao, a plant that grows in the jungle. Another distinctive specialty of Iquitos is tacacho, a kind of dough consisting of mashed green bananas, lard, pork cracklings, and Amazon species.

Those who like to eat exotic dishes should taste sarapatera, consisting of yellow-footed tortoise meat, onion, and green plantain. One of the most widely used ingredients in the cuisine of Iquitos is paiche, a freshwater fish that lives in the Amazon. Some dishes that are made with this fish are picadillo de paiche, which consists of shredded paiche combined with vegetables; the paiche sandwich; or the fried paiche, where the fish is sliced and fried with pepper, salt, lemon, and soy sauce.

Some of the most recommended restaurants in Iquitos include establishments such as Dawn of the Amazon Cafe, El Sitio, Amazon Bistro, and Al Frío y Al Fuego. If you are looking for traditional dishes, you can visit the Belén Market. In addition, there is a great variety of food establishments in the neighborhood of Bellavista-Nanay.

Weather

Useful Tips

  • - Remember to pack a rain jacket and waterproof shoes

    - Wear easy-drying clothing made of light fabrics; Iquitos is a very hot place

    - Use comfortable shoes for walking throughout the city and its attractions

The weather in Iquitos, Peru

Iquitos has a typical equatorial climate with constant rainfall throughout the year. The temperature is warm, averaging 27 °C (81 °F)

What to bring by season

The climate in Iquitos is equatorial, with abundant rainfall throughout the year and warm temperatures. The thermometer oscillates between 22 °C (72 °F) and 33 °C (91 °F) throughout the year, although months such as March, April, July, and August bring temperatures reaching up to 42 °C (107 °F). Rains are abundant, especially during March, April, May, and December. By contrast, the months of July and August are the driest.

No matter what season of the year you visit Iquitos in, you should pack fresh and light clothing made from fabrics like cotton. Be sure to include a rain jacket and waterproof shoes in your luggage. Likewise, wear a light sweater, as sometimes the temperature can drop down to 13 °C (55 °F).

Overview

About Iquitos, Peru

Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon, is surrounded by three rivers: the Amazon, Nanay, and Itaya. It was founded in 1757 and it is one of the areas with greater European influence in Peru. Iquitos has hotels, natural attractions, and Amazonian landscapes for travelers looking for experiences amidst nature.

Downtown Iquitos houses attractions such as Plaza de Armas, where you can see a fountain with streams and lights at night; the Neogothic-style Iquitos Cathedral; and the Iron House, built in iron by the famed architect Gustav Eiffel. Also, in the city you can visit the Museum of Amazon Indigenous Cultures, featuring ceremonial objects, musical instruments, and feather artworks by cultures located in the Amazon basin.

The neighborhood of Belén, known as The Amazon Venice, is famous for its stilt houses built on the Itaya River and its boats available for rides. This neighborhood houses the Belén Market, a shopping area of ​​about 1,500 square meters (16,146 sq ft) where you can buy varied and exotic items, such as turtle and lizard meat, endemic fish of the Amazon River, and fruits such as the Peruvian guava, cocona, and lucma.

The most important ecological reserve is the Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve, that houses peculiar white sand forests, 112 species of amphibians, 600 species of birds, and 1,900 species of plants. In addition, this region has some of the rarest species on the planet, such as supay pichico, the black stump, the equatorial huapo, or the Iquitos gnatchatcher.

A place you must visit is the Quistococha Tourist Complex, that features a zoo, an aquarium, a nursery, and the artificial beach of Tunchi Playa. In your visit to Iquitos, take advantage and visit places such as Pilpintuwasi, the Monkey Island, or the Amazonian Rescue Center.

***The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol (PEN).

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