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Museo Etnográfico - Museum Iquitos - Peru

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 traditional dress and poses as the region developed and these peoples lost their foothold. The statues ring the museum courtyard, gleaming gold in the tropical sun. Members of the Shipibo, Iquitos, Yagua, Bora and several other tribes are represented. They are fiberglass but look bronzed.

The museum is a restored 19th-century government building, designed with the flair of early Iquitos architecture. Visitors can tour the elegant dining room and side rooms that feature art, historic weaponry and a series of historic photographs of Iquitos. Take a seat in the rows of wooden chairs in the historic meeting hall, and soak up ordered colonial ambiance. Hand-painted ceramic tiles imported from Portugal, called azulejos, brighten the centerpiece of the museum’s central courtyard, glazed in blue, gold, green and red.


Malecón Tarapacá 386, at the corner of Tarapacá and Morona

Iquitos, Peru


Price Description:

Less than $1. Discounts for students and children.

Open Hours from:Monday-Friday 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.

Open Hours to:Monday-Friday 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

05 Mar 2012

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