Top 10 Facts that Make Iquitos a Unique Destination

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If you are looking for Iquitos as your next destination, Treehouse Lodge has the best travel tips to help you make the most of your travel to the Peruvian Amazon.

Iquitos: 10 Facts that make it a unique destination

 

1. Native Culture

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If you want to truly experience the Peruvian native culture, Iquitos is the perfect place. Visit an Amazon community and interact with the river people who still preserve their traditions, ancient knowledge, and even language. 

They are skillful craft makers. Consider purchasing some locally made handicrafts, the perfect Amazonian souvenir.

 

 

2. Flora and fauna of the Amazon

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Iquitos is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. Over time, many animals that normally lived in the ocean like dolphins and manatees have adapted to the fresh waters of the Amazon. Pink and gray dolphins are frequently spotted at the confluence of rivers. Also there are thousands of species of birds, monkeys, sloths and more.

 

 

 

3. The Iron House of Iquitos (La Casa de Fierro)

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Located just off the main Plaza de Armas of Iquitos is the Iron House of Iquitos. Widely considered the finest samples of Civil Architecture in Peru, it’s one of the top-visited sites. It now features a restaurant on the second floor, overlooking the plaza.

One famous myth states that the origin of the Iron House began in France from a certain architect named Eiffel.

 

 

 

4. Outdoor activities: Excursions and Tours

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There are a lot of things to do in Iquitos. The main attractions are the Amazon River excursions, fishing for piranhas, swimming or kayaking in the river. Visiting the Amazonian communities or going to the Belen Market are also popular as well.

Here’s a list of the top 7 excursions you have to try at Treehouse Lodge. 

 

 

5. Treehouse Lodge

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Staying at the Treehouse Lodge is one of the most unique experiences on the planet. Our all-inclusive lodge has 12 unique treehouses in the middle of the jungle. Stay with us and you’ll see the rainforest from an entirely new perspective that most visitors never experience… the treetop canopy.

 

 

 

 

6. The Amazon River

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Iquitos is the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest and has direct access to the mighty Amazon River.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. The weather

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Iquitos experiences a tropical climate with an average daily temperature of 30 – 32°C (86 – 90°F) and then cooler nights of 20 – 22°C (68 – 72°F). December – May brings high-water followed by the low-water season that spans from June – November. 

 

 

8. Monkey Island

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Monkey Island is absolutely packed full of monkeys, with nine different species roaming freely throughout the 200-hectare area. You could see a variety of monkeys, such as Wooly Monkeys and also Coati.

 

 

 

9. Medicinal Plants of the Amazon

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The Amazon rainforest is like a green pharmacy. You can find forest medicines for headaches, stomachaches, hernias– even for diabetes. A lot of people look for Ayahuasca retreats but it’s important to do good research first. 

 

 


10. Peruvian Food

 

Trying some Peruvian dishes is a must in your Iquitos to-do list. For example, Juane, a mixture of rice and herbs that cradles chicken pieces and is wrapped in banana leaves. Plantains are also a popular addition to many dishes like Pollo a la Brasa and the famous Tacacho which is plaintain mixed with fried egg and ham.

 

 

 

2020: Celebrating a New Generation of Taricaya Turtles

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Join us to the 3rd Annual Taricaya Turtles release at Treehouse Lodge

The new year will begin with a special event: the release of a new generation of baby Taricaya Turtles into their habitat in Iquitos, Peru!

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As an Eco-Friendly hotel, Treehouse Lodge proudly supports the Turtle Preservation Project in Peru. Taricaya turtles were in abundance along the Amazon but due to development and logging their population has declined. 2020 it’s going to be the 3rd year that we are supporting this great project, as a combined effort to help preserve the Taricaya and their place in the Amazonian ecosystem.

These Taricaya turtles are found in tributaries and large lakes of South America’s Amazon Basin. Their average life span is 60 to 70 years. They can grow up to 45 cm long and weigh up to 8 kg. Taricaya can be recognized by a black or brown oval carapace with low keels on the second and third scutes.

 

Due to illegal egg poaching, these tiny turtles have become an endangered species. The involvement in wildlife conservation is an important part of our vision and allows us to safeguard the environment. With guidance from the Treehouse Lodge team, all of our guests in the two first weeks of January will have the opportunity to participate directly in this important wildlife conservation project.

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(From January 1st to 15th)

 Don’t lose the chance to enjoy all of our Amazon river excursions included in the experience of staying at Treehouse Lodge.

Join us in January to release a baby turtle. We look forward to helping to nurture the next generation of Taricaya babies!