the quintessential jungle frontier city with its unique cultural blend
of indigenous, European, and Asian influences.
You'll see remnants of the 1880's rubber boom era in the many European-style buildings decorated with ceramic tiles imported from Italy and Portugal.
Much of the Iquitos architecture along the riverfront and around the Plaza de Armas is delightfully distinctive and colorful.
The famed casa de hierro (iron house) was designed by Gustav Eiffel and
first erected for the Paris Exhibition of 1878.
It was later purchased by a wealthy Iquitos rubber baron named Julius H. Toots, dismantled, shipped to Iquitos and re-assembled where it stands today.
The original structure was actually divided into two portions, the second section being incorporated into the 'Mercado Central' where it can still be identified today.
cultural diversity is honored in the interesting riverfront regional Amazon
Museum which features a series of exquisite body-cast statues by sculptor
Felipe Lettersten representing the many Indian tribes of western Amazonia,
aptly titled 'Hijos de Nuestra Tierra' (Children of Our Earth).
Here you'll see tribes such as the Shipibo, Bora, Yagua, Cocama, Witoto, Iquitos, Ashininga, Mayaruna, Aguaruna, and many others depicted in traditional dress and pose.
Also featured in the museum is a fascinating series of antique photographs of old Iquitos and an elegant central courtyard.
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