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Delighhtful Places

In the surroundings of Iquitos there are delightful places to visit and enjoy, to see the wide variety of fauna,To Related image to the Multimedia Gallery observe the rich folklore and the majestic scenery of the Amazon woodlands.

The Quistococha Tourist Center is a tourist park covering over 900 acres, located around the lake of that name, at 9 1/2 miles south of Iquitos, on the Nauta road. The lake covers an area of half a square mile, and has an average depth of 26 feet. Besides its undeniable natural attractions, it has an aquarium-museum, a serpentarium, small zoos, surrounding trails and a small dock with boats for hire. The Ministry of Fishery allows sport fishing as there is an abundance of tasty "paiche", "tucunare" and "mojara".

Also at 9 1/2 miles from IqLtos is Santo Tomas, a village sitbng on the shore of the Mapacocha lake. Here the visitor cannot o@y enjoy observing the day life of the dwellers dedicated to fishing and making pottery, but also feel the magic pull of the tropical rain forest.

Santa Clara on the shores of the Nanay river is a picturesque recreation spot inhabited by groups of the Cocama tribe. Located 7 miles from Iquitos, its principal attraction is the beaches of white sand that form during the low water season.

The Nanay river, close to the city, holds various different attractions. On its banks is picturesque Bellavista dock where there are pleasure boats for hire for trips on the river. In the low-water season, attractive beaches are revealed, popular with swimmers and water skiers. Lake Rumococha, three miles south-west of Iquitos, on the right bank of the Nanay, displays its ox-bow shape which, with its calm waters, makes a delightful picture. This lake can be reached by river, leaving from Bellavista, or by land on a road that starts in Iquitos and goes through the hamlet of San Juan. The consensos of nature and adventure lovers is that Amazon reality far surpasses any preconceived image. The dense forests of the jungle region hold endless mysteries for the visitor, as well as exotic scenery, and native communities that still hold to their ancestral traditions.

Various travel agencies in Iquitos and Lima organize fascinating safaris into the jungle which can last many days. Also there are various lodgings To Related image to the Multimedia Galleryto be found in mid-forest, where you may linger for a prolonged stay vathout missing the advantages of civilization in the least.


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