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Northern Jungle

The northern part of Peru's Amazon jungle is where you'll find the border town of Santa Rosa as well as the watery city of Iquitos and the town of Tarapoto. There is much to see in this part of Peru, including a massive lagoon, waterfalls and scenic rivers. 

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
19 Oct 2011

Things to do in Northern Jungle

Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria

Sitting a hefty journey south of Iquitos in a flooded rainforest between the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers, Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria is the largest and one of the best conserved protected areas ...
Hiking, Trekking, Birdwatching
Iquitos, Peru

The Iron House / Casa de Fierro

The Casa de Fierro in Iquitos is just that—a house made of iron. Gustave Eiffel, the same architect who created the Eiffel Tower, built the Iron House for the Paris Exhibition in 1889. Tycoon ...
Historical Building
Iquitos, Peru

Museo Etnográfico

The more than 70 statues of indigenous women, children, men and high chiefs of western Amazonia are the highlight of the Museo Etnográfico in Iquitos. Their creator preserved tribe members for in ...
Iquitos, Peru

Plaza de Armas

It seems everyone passes through Plaza de Armas in this Amazon outpost, whether they are on their way to work, taking a stroll, on their way to dinner or zipping by in mototaxis. The plaza spans four ...
City Plaza
Iquitos, Peru

Belén Street Market

The Belén neighborhood in Iquitos is one of the poorest in this Amazon city but also the most colorful. During flood season, water reaches the doorsteps of simple homes and shacks that are built on ...
Iquitos, Peru

Amazon Animal Orphanage and Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

Few travelers get to see stealthy jaguars, solitary anteaters and rare red uakari monkeys in the jungle, but at the Amazon Animal Orphanage and Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, you can visit with ...
Iquitos, Peru

Pasaje Paquito

The Shipibo, Asháninka and other indigenous tribes in Peru have relied on a prickly vine to remedy ills for some 2,000 years. Named for its hook-like thorns that resemble feline claws, uña de ...
Iquitos, Peru

MalecĂłn Maldonado

MalecĂłn Maldonado is a pedestrian-only zone and a magnet for crowds that gather to watch the sun set below the horizon in shades of bright and burnt orange, then celebrate the night. The main drag ...
City Walk
Iquitos, Peru

Vivero-jardĂ­n Las Cattleyas

Just a quarter-block from Tarapoto’s Plaza de Armas is a refuge from the traffic and bustle: Vivero-Jardín Las Cattleyas. Behind the white-washed adobe walls is an Eden of orchids and other ...
Other Activity
Tarapoto, Peru

RĂ­o Mayo

The RĂ­o Mayo defines the north edge of Moyobamba city. On the cliff above the RĂ­o Mayo are two lookout points with views of the jungle and river: Punta de Tahuishco (end of Jr Puno) and Mirador ...
Other Activity
Moyobamba, Peru

Botanical Gardens

The cloudforests around Moyobamba are the homeland of the local endemic orchid species, Pragmipedium kovachii and Catleya rex. If you don’t visit Moyobamba during its annual Festival de la ...
Other Activity
Moyobamba, Peru
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