Loreto

(220 meters) above sea level

 

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The World’s Nature Reserve

How to get there Loreto

The mighty Amazon, the longest river in the world that unites the people that live in the heart of the rainforest, crosses this region. Its forests grow on white sand and are home to an extremely diverse array of flora and fauna. Loreto has exotic scenery in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, which is home to pink dolphins, and the Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve, with its huge variety of orchids and butterflies.

Coexisting with native communities is part of daily life. Its cities are architecturally beautiful. Loreto is an experience that you live to the full.

  • Location: In the north-east of Peru, it mainly comprises the Selva Baja (lowland rainforest) or Llano Amazónico (Amazonian plain) region. It is also a border region.
  • Size: 368,852 km2 (142,415 sq.miles).

Routes & length of stay

7 Days

(minimum
recommended
length of stay)

  • 1/2 day: City of Iquitos, Belén quarter.
  • 1 day: Butterfly farm, community of San Andrés, convergence of the Nanay and Amazon rivers, Lake Quistococha Tourist Complex.
  • 1 day: Allpahuayo – Mishana National Reserve, city of Nauta, confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali rivers.
  • 3 days: Pacaya – Samiria National Reserve.

Recommended for Loreto

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  • Nature lovers, who can traverse the Amazon rainforest and find trees as tall as 196.85 feet or small, beautiful orchids. It is also easy to see monkeys, tarantulas and toucans.
  • Intrepid adventurers, who can float down the Amazon River and discover its many tributaries. There, you can see pink and gray dolphins and go visit the village of Grau and its lookout. Treks and hikes through the deep jungle, even at night, are organized, but you have to keep in mind that it takes patience and a little bit of luck to catch sight of some exotic mammals.
  • Plant watchers, who will have no complaints after seeing the splendid Victoria regia, a lovely floating aquatic lilly with one-meter diameter circular leaves.
  • Bird watchers, who will enjoy their trip to Lake Zungaracocha (12.43 miles from Iquitos), Quistococha, and the Allpahuayo – Mishana National Reserve. There are birds that can only be found on the many islands formed by the Amazon River.
  • Those interested in mysticism and popular traditions, who can visit the Bora community of San Andrés or simply talk with one of the natives (who many times are specialized tour guides) to learn more about the magical world of the Peruvian jungle.

What to buy?

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You can find a great variety of handicrafts in the area, such as pottery pieces featuring geometric designs, hand painted fabrics and many other objects, both decorative and utilitarian, made from materials found in the region.

What to eat?

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Iquitos has a host of restaurants to satisfy the most refined of palates, where chefs take advantage of regional resources, such as the palm heart, an essential ingredient in salads, yet also prepare
international foods. The paiche, an extraordinary Amazon fish, is a main ingredient for dishes in which its delicious meat is marinated in tropical fruit juices before being accompanied by different sauces.

The most popular restaurants offer creative regional dishes, like the famous chicken juanes (a type of rice tamale wrapped in banana leaves), the tasty tacacho (roasted bananas with deep fried pork) or the delectable soup, worthy of the best restaurants, called inchicapi.

The meat of game animals is also a succulent choice, the best being paca, deer and caiman (farm raised, not the ones living in the wild). Of honorable mention are stimulating traditional drinks like huitochado and chuchuhuasi, which are reported aphrodisiacs.

Typical dishes Loreto

  • Chonta or palm salad: Chonta salad, classic dish of the Peruvian Amazon; especially for hot weather. Chonta is a product obtained from the center of the palm, coconut particular. Traditionally served at Easter. It is prepared with chontas, onions, spicy, lemons, tomatoes, salt and pepper. To use the soft parts of the chonta you must put them in lemon and chop; mixed with other ingredients with olive oil. He served with meat or fish.
  • Inchicapi: It is an iconic soup of the Peruvian jungle. It is prepared with chicken, poultry, cassava, maize, corn, cornmeal, onion, garlic, cilantro, chili lime and other ingredients. It is customary to eat with the family. For inchicapi you must have some expertise and desire to prepare it, to get it right.
  • Paiche to Loreto: It is a dish made with pirarucu, which is cut into sheets before being fried together with other ingredients. You can also use the whole fish and season with pepper, cumin, salt, pepper and lemon lime. The arapaima is a fish typical of the jungle and one of the delicious flavor, which is preserved with salt and can be used after several days. Moreover, there are other variations of the dish as hash and rolling pirarucu paiche. It is customary to serve with plantain and salad chonta.
Loreto Attractions in the City
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Loreto Attractions Beyond the City
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Loreto Festivals
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