Iquitos is the main port city of the Amazon River and the largest city in the Peruvian jungle. It experienced its great economic boom at the end of the 19th century when the rubber industry expanded. There are many jungle lodges in the area and also Amazon River cruises for tourists. The Pacay-Samiria National Reserve is the largest reserve in Peru and it is located only 183 km from Iquitos, here there are many animal species in danger of extinction like the charapa river turtle, the giant river otter, the black caiman and the river dolphin.
Floating house in Iquitos