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At the southeast end of town is the floating shantytown of Belén, consisting of scores of huts, built on rafts, which rise and fall with the river. During the low-water months, these rafts sit on the river mud and are dirty and unhealthy, but for most of the year they float on the river − a colorful and exotic sight. Seven thousand people live here, and canoes float from hut to hut selling and trading jungle produce.
The best time to visit the shantytown is at 7am, when people from the jungle villages arrive to sell their produce. To get here, take a cab to ‘Los Chinos,’ walk to the port and rent a canoe to take you around.
The market here, located within the city blocks in front of Belén, is the raucous, crowded affair common to most Peruvian towns. All kinds of strange and exotic products are sold among the more mundane bags of rice, sugar, flour and cheap household goods. Look for the bark of the chuchuhuasi tree, which is soaked in rum for weeks and used as a tonic (it’s served in many of the local bars). Chuchuhuasi and other Amazon plants are common ingredients in herbal pain-reducing and arthritis formulas manufactured in Europe and the USA. The market makes for exciting shopping and sightseeing, but do remember to watch your wallet.
HISTORICAL SHIPS MUSEUM.-
Moored below Plaza Castilla is the diverting new Historical Ships Museum, on a 1906 Amazon riverboat, the gorgeously restored three-deck Ayapua . The exhibitions reflect the Amazon River's hodgepodge past: explorers, tribes, rubber barons and the filming of the 1982 Herzog movie Fitzcarraldo . Included in the entrance price is a half-hour historic boat ride on the river (Río Itaya out to the Río Amazonas proper).
casa de fierro.-
Every guidebook mentions the ‘majestic’ Casa de Fierro (Iron House), designed by Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame). It was made in Paris in 1860 and imported piece by piece into Iquitos around 1890, during the opulent rubber-boom days, to beautify the city. It’s the only survivor of three different iron houses originally imported here. It resembles a bunch of scrap-metal sheets bolted together, was once the location of the Iquitos Club and is now, in humbler times, a general store.
MUSEUM of INDIGENOUS AMAZON CULTURES.-
This new and intuitively presented museum takes you on a romp through the traits, traditions and beliefs of the tribes of the Amazon Basin, with a focus on the Peruvian Amazon. Some 40 Amazonian cultures are represented.
Leticia is downstream on the Amazon river to the east near the tri-border between Peru, Colombia and Brazil. On this route you may stop in Pevas (there is a remarkable Art Gallery here), San Pablo (this is the place where the famous "Che" Guevara stayed as a volunteer) and Caballococha (a town surrounded by beautiful lagoons and plenty of pink and grey river dolphins). Rapido boats leave Tuesday-Sunday at 6am for S/. 200 (about 9hours), while slower lanchas leave Monday-Saturday (S/. 100).
Ayahuasca is a powerful psychedelic brew made from local plants. Shamans have been using Ayahuasca for thousands of years as part of their plant healing methods. Ayahuasca is considered a traditional medicine and is legal in Peru. It has recently been gaining popularity across the globe and is attracting growing numbers of people to Iquitos, which is considered to be the "Capital of Ayahuasca". Many Ayahuasca users have reported life-changing experiences after taking the medicine. Most providers of jungle trips in Iquitos will offer Ayahuasca ceremonies in their jungle lodges for an additional charge of $50 to $100 per person. Local shamans will run those nightly ceremonies which typically start around 8pm and end around 12pm. The quality and effects of a ceremony depend on the experience of the shaman, the quality of the Ayahuasca beverage and the "set and setting" of the Ayahuasca user himself. Shamans recommend to follow the so-called Ayahuasca diet (no salt, no sugar, no oil, no alcohol, no sex) before indulging in an Ayahuasca experience. More sophisticated Ayahuasca centers offer all-inclusive, full-service Ayahuasca ceremonies in their jungle retreats. People usually stay in an Ayahuasca retreat for 7 days or more at weekly rates starting at $750 with the option of attending multiple Ayahuasca ceremonies. The number of people in one ceremony vary by retreat and range from 5 to 25 people. If you are really interested in exploring Ayahuasca, you should book a 7 or 10 day stay in a specialized Ayahuasca retreat. As with any psychedelic, inform yourself about Ayahuasca and its risks before you drink.
Transfer to the pier to board our speed boat and visit the floating neighborhood of Bethlehem (November-July). Navigating the Amazon looking at the different villages.Typical drink upon arrival at over night. Allocation of private rooms. Typical lunch, walk through the jungle knowing flora and fauna. Sunset on the Amazon River. Night walking insects, frogs, tarantulas etc. Dinner. Amazonian myths. Dinner and over night.
Morning excursion and walking or bird watching in the lagoon, knowing the legendary Shansho-Hoatzin. Breakfast, visit to the native group Yagua to know their typical dress, dialect, lifestyle, demonstration of old way of hunting, with the "Blowgun", make handicrafts that can be redeemed or purchased. Typical lunch, tour of the Amazon river visiting a family who preserved some varieties of animals such as sloths, monkeys, turtles, "Anacondas" or boa constrictors. Search for gray and pink dolphins in river. Evening canoe, typical sounds of the rainforest. Dinner. Dinner and over night
Dawn on the banks of the Amazon River on the island birding by canoe or boat father.
Breakfast. Tour the Amazon River and visit the private hatchery Paiche (Arapaima gigas), biggest fish in freshwater also observe alligators of various sizes. Walk through the small town. Knowing part of their daily work. Return to over night. Canoe tour through a tax, especially for photographs. Dinner -. Dinner and over night.
Breakfast and Aquatic observation Lila world's biggest victory. Recreational Fishing Trip Regia species such as catfish, sardines and voracious "Piranha." Typical lunch. Time Timely return to Iquitos, transfer to hotel or airport.