This photo shows Iquitos’ main square, the plaza de armas, at night. Iquitos is a bustling city of more than 400,000 individuals!

This photo shows Iquitos’ main square, the plaza de armas, at night. Iquitos is a bustling city of more than 400,000 individuals!

Iquitos is only accessible by water and by air (for now—the Pan American Highway is on its way!). Thus it has become a somewhat isolated but tight-knit community. Iquitenans love visitors too! The hospitality the city’s inhabitants demonstrate is unmatched.

Iquitos is only accessible by water and by air (for now—the Pan American Highway is on its way!). Thus it has become a somewhat isolated but tight-knit community. Iquitenans love visitors too! The hospitality the city’s inhabitants demonstrate is unmatched.

The Amazon River’s mouth is very close to Iquitos. The river is extremely important to Iquitos’ economy and the region’s commerce.

The Amazon River’s mouth is very close to Iquitos. The river is extremely important to Iquitos’ economy and the region’s commerce.

There are many large beautiful buildings such as this one scattered around Iquitos, especially around the Plaza de Armas. They were constructed in the 1920s during the rubber boom when the city was very wealthy. Although many of them have since fallen into disrepair, there are still some beautiful well-maintained buildings.

There are many large beautiful buildings such as this one scattered around Iquitos, especially around the Plaza de Armas. They were constructed in the 1920s during the rubber boom when the city was very wealthy. Although many of them have since fallen into disrepair, there are still some beautiful well-maintained buildings.

From this viewpoint of Iquitos’ Plaza de Armas you can see the city’s cathedral on the far right.

From this viewpoint of Iquitos’ Plaza de Armas you can see the city’s cathedral on the far right.

A glorious view of the Amazon!

A glorious view of the Amazon!

The Belen district of Iquitos often floods when the river is high, thus many of the buildings are on stilts.

The Belen district of Iquitos often floods when the river is high, thus many of the buildings are on stilts.