Iquitos is a port on the west bank of the Amazon River and Peru's most remote frontier. The city is the commercial outlet for the surrounding region, the centre for oil exploration and tourist centre. The port is considered one of the furthest inland ports of major size in the world and ocean-going vessels call here regularly. Sights of interest include the Iron House on Plaza de Armas, designed by Eiffel, Belen the picturesque and lively waterfront district and the jungle exhibits in the City and Amazon Museums. Nearby you can swim at the beautiful white sandy beach at Bellavista or explore Lake Quistococha in lush jungle. Iquitos is a centre for longer Jungle and River tours.
The city was founded as a Peruvian settlement in 1863, in a legendary region which first vanquished the gold-hungry Conquistadors in the 16th Century and then defeated Christian missionaries in the 17th and 18th. But Iquitos itself then succumbed to influence of rubber dollars - though today its awesome wealth and extravagance are a faded memory.
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