Capital: Iquitos
Population: 885,000
Tourist Attractions: Amazon River, Amazon River Cruises, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, Jungle Lodges, Belen, Iron House (Casa de Fierro)
Peru Guide – Importance Rating: Medium

Loreto is the biggest region of Peru, covering nearly one-third of the country. Located in the northern most part of Peru, this region borders Columbia, Brazil and Ecuador; and is home to the mighty Amazon River. The region is covered by thick dense Jungle, and the capital Iquitos is only accessible by air or river. Iquitos was founded in 1750, but economically flourished during the 19th century, during the rubber boom. European style houses remain on the main plaza and on the river front, and even a house designed by Gustave Eiffel – The Iron house (Casa de Fierro) remains today. Tourism is important for the Loreto region, and each year many hundreds of people visit Iquitos and the surrounding Amazon Jungle. Cruises along the Amazon River and visits to the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve are the most popular choices for most visitors.

Loreto Region – Photos

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