The gateway to the Peruvian Amazon region, Iquitos is an isolated but fascinating city of just under 400,000 people. While most people will visit this city on their way to a journey to the Amazon Basin, Iquitos has plenty to offer itself. With more and more international flights to and from Iquitos becoming available, you should definitely consider a trip here. If you make it to this Peruvian gem, here are three spots you shouldn’t miss visiting!
The Mariposario Pilpintuwasi is a butterfly shelter and refuge on the banks of the Nanay River that has become one of the hottest attractions in the city. Here, you will see native species of butterflies frolicking in between native plants in a natural haven.
Casa de Fierro
One of the most curious architectural gems that can be found in Iquitos is the Casa de Fierro, an iron building which has stood tall in the center of the city since the nineteenth century. Built in Belgium, disassembled, and reassembled upon arrival in Iquitos, this famous building now hosts a restaurant.
Plaza de Armas
The most famous square in all of Iquitos and the center of its social scene is the Plaza de Armas, which has stood in the heart of the city since 1764. Decorated with gardens and palm trees, you’ll find local shops and restaurants as well as bars with bustling terraces here.