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Loreto Info

Loreto is the largest yet least populated department in Peru. Its geography is made up of dense Amazonic vegetation characterizing the type of tourism that occurs there. Iquitos, the capital, is the largest city in the Peruvian Amazonia and has various touristical attractions. The city is home to European architecture brought by the rubber boom at the end of the 19th Century. One of the main attractions is the Iron House, a building designed by the French architect Gustave Eiffel who designed the Eiffel Tower as well. The city has buildings constructed during the Art Nouveau era. The Belen district of Iquitos is in sharp contrast of the art nouveau architecture of other parts of the city. Belen lies on a series of canals and is often referred to as the Venice of the Peruvian jungle. Buildings are built atop rafts and other floatation devices to protect from flooding. Loreto's rivers contain many beautiful beaches which serve as day trips from Iquitos. The department of Loreto contains numerous National Parks as well as private reserves. These protected areas are home to an extreme diversity of animal and plant life unmatched throughout the world. These areas are served by organized guides many of which can be obtained in Lima or Iquitos.

Loreto Tourist Information

Loreto is the largest yet least populated department in Peru. It is covered by dense vegetation and by primary and secondary jungle with low hills and slightly rolling landscape, crisscrossed by the many rivers of the Amazon River basin, which is born at the confluence of the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers.
Iquitos, the capital of Loreto, is the main port city on the Amazon River and the largest city in the Peruvian jungle. Different indigenous people groups like the Cocama, Huitoto, and Bora first inhabited the area. Then came the Jesuit missionaries who founded the city. At the end of the nineteenth century was when Iquitos experienced its greatest economic glory due to the rubber industry. The economic bonanza meant that luxurious buildings like the art noveau Palace Hotel and the Iron House, designed by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel, were constructed there.
In contrast to these buildings, you find the homes in the Belen neighborhood that are constructed on top of rafts and pylons to protect them from the flooding of the river. One of the best attractions in Loreto is navigating on the rivers and lakes and enjoying the beautiful beaches.
The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve (2,080,000 hectares), the largest reserve in Peru, is located 183 kilometers from the city and is home to numerous plant and animal species, many of them in danger of extinction like the charapa river turtle, the giant river otter, the black caiman, and the river dolphin.Likewise, the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve (58,000 hectares) protects the largest concentration of white sand forests, or varillales as they are known in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. This happens to be one of the best areas to go for bird-watching. //In addition to these national reserves, there are also numerous private reserves, which have been created to satisfy all tastes.

Map of Loreto
Loreto Map
Loreto Photo Gallery
Loreto gallery pictures
Loreto Accomodations

Loreto - Peru Hotels directory

Hotel directory with a comprehensive listing of the most important bed and breakfast, homestay, hostel, hotel, lodges, haciendas, estancias, and other establishments where you can stary during your visit.

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Useful information
Capital: Iquitos (104 masl / 341 fasl).
Lowest point: 70 masl / 230 fasl (Amelia).
Highest point: 220 masl / 722 fasl (Balsapuerto)
The weather in Iquitos is hot and rainy all year long. The average annual maximum temperature is 31ºC (88ºF) and the minimum is 21ºC (70ºF). The dry season (July – November) and the flood season (December – July) feature particular differences in the plant and animal life as well as in the climate). 
Access routes
Access routes
By land:There is no overland access to Iquitos.

By air: Regular flights to Iquitos from Lima (1 hour and 30 minutes), Tarapoto (50 minutes) and Pucallpa (1 hour). Sporadic flights to Iquitos from Yurimaguas (40 minutes) and Leticia, Colombia (1 hour).

By river: It is possible to travel from Pucallpa (Puerto La Hoyada, 2,5 km / 1,5 miles from the city) to Iquitos by boat via the Ucayali River with stops at Requena and Contamana in a chartered boat, small but fast, built for 10 to 15 people, hired as a private service. The trip lasts 1 to 2 days, depending on the level of the river. If you elect to travel by “motonave”, a larger boat with room for 250 people, the trip then takes longer, 4 to 5 days, depending on the river current
Distances from the city of Iquitos to the following cities ( Loreto)
Yurimaguas (Province of Alto Amazonas) 388 km (241 miles) / 4 days by boat.
Nauta (Province of Loreto) 115 km (71 miles) / 2 hours by bus or 14 hours by boat.
Caballococha (Province of Mariscal Ramón Castilla) 311 km (193 miles) / 2 days by boat.
Requena (Province of Requena) 157 km (98 miles) / 19 hours by boat.
Contamana (Province of Ucayali) 431 km (268 miles) / 3 days by boat.     
Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport
Kilometer marker 6, Av. Abelardo Quiñones. Telephone: (065) 26-0147 / 26-0151.
Health Centers
health centers
Loreto Regional Hospital
Av. 28 de Julio s/n. Punchana, Iquitos.
Telephone: (065) 25-2004 / 25-2733.
Attention: 24 hours.

Iquitos Apoyo Hospital
Cornejo Portugal 1710, Iquitos.
Telephone: (065) 26-4715.
Attention: 24 hours.
Local Police
police station

Tourism Police - POLTUR Iquitos.
Calle Sargento Lores 834.
Telephone: (065) 24-2081.
Attention: 24 hours.

Morona Police Station, Iquitos
Calle Morona 120, Iquitos.
Telephone: (065) 23-1123.
Attention: 24 hours.

Punchana Police Station
Av. de la Marina/28 de Julio.
Telephone: (065) 25-1970.
Attention: 24 hours.

Craft market
craft market

Malecón Tarapacá-Boulevard, Iquitos.
Attention: Mon. – Sun. 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.

Mercado Artesanal de San Juan
Kilometer marker 4.5 Av. Quiñones, Iquitos.
Attention: Mon. – Sun. 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Postal Service
postal services
Av. Arica 402.
Telephone: (065) 22-3812 / 23-4091.
Attention: Mon. – Sat. 7:00 A.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Tourist Information
tourist information

Regional Government of Loreto
IPerú, TOURIST INFORMATION. Email: or click here

Company name
Web SIte / Email
Empresa De Transportes Paredes Estrella S.R.L
(065) 35-1307
Empresa de Transportes Turismo Yurimaguas S.A.C
(065) 35-2356
Empresa de Transportes y Servicios Múltiples Turismo Sol Naciente S.A.C
(065) 35-1669
Empresa de Transportes y Servicios Turísticos Selva S.A
(065) 35-3102
Trans del Sur
(065) 26-3880
Loreto Cuisine
Typical dishes :

Among the typical dishes of the department, the following are most representative:

  • Ensalada de chonta o salad palmito (the palm stem is also called pona).
  • Cebiche de dorado: fish based cebiche.
  • Inchicapi: chicken soup with peanuts, cilantro, and cassava.
  • Timbuche: concentrated broth made from fish and cilantro.
  • Cecina: dried and salted beef or pork.
  • Patarashca: fire roasted fish wrapped in banana leaves.
  • Juane: Rice seasoned with palillo, a Peruvian spice akin to turmeric, and chicken wrapped in banana leaves.
  • Tacacho: a dish of mashed and kneaded green, roasted bananas with fried pork rinds. Generally, it is combined with cecina.
  • Inchicucho: prepared with corn, peanuts, and aji (hot pepper).
  • There is a large variety of tropical fruit like papaya, aguaje (purple palm tree fruit with orange pulp), taperiba (known on the coast by the name of "mango-ciruelo"), bananas, cocona, camu-camu, passion fruit, and guava.

Traditional Drinks:

  • Masato: drink made of cooked, smashed, and fermented yucca, with molasses or sugar.
  • Aguajina: juice made with aguaje, a palm tree fruit.
  • Chapo: juice of ripe bananas (Capirona).
  • Shibe: juice prepared with fermented and toasted yucca.


  • Huitochado: made with the "huito" fruit, sugar, and cordial.
  • Chuchuhuasi: cordial made from a bitter and astringent root, very popular in western Peru.
  • Siete Raíces: made with bark from different trees like the Brazilwood, clove vine, breadfruit, huacapurana, chuchuhuasi, rosewood, and ipururo, sweetened with honey and macerated in cordial.
  • Coconachado: made from the cocona fruit, sugar, and cordial.
  • Huarapo: fermented sugar cane juice.
Piraña bite: made with rum and cocona.
Tumbes cuisine
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