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LANSA YS-11 at Lima

Time to head for Peru's rainforests, though there was already plenty of rain in Lima this day! A LANSA flight took us from Lima to Iquitos, with a stop in Pucallpa, in about 2 1/2 hours. Views of the snow covered Cordillera Blanca, nearly level with the aircraft, were spectacular! After crossing the mountains from Lima, we entered the rainforest region of Peru with rivers now criscrossing the scene below. A Catalina flying boat was parked at the Pucallpa airport. An amphibian aircraft was certainly a practical means of getting in to this area of Peru where roads were absent and waterways plentiful!

Iquitos was a fascinating town at the headwaters of the Amazon.

Cordillera Blanca
Lingering signs of its 19th century propsperity as a rubber production center were everywhere. There was an opera house, the large and landcaped Plaza de Armas, and the Casa de Fierro, a prefabricated iron building designed by Gustave Eiffel. The latter was used as a market. The Hotel Turistas where we stayed probably dated from this period. It was like something out of Fitzcarraldo. (I know that film came out later, but it was still like it.) The residential areas of the city, where the indigenous peoples lived, were probably newer, but built with wooden structures giving a more rustic appearance. Many were built on stilts. We walked along the riverfront to the Barrio de Belén, where thatched dwellings were prevalent. They were consructed on raft-like foundations to enable the dwelling to float when the river waters rose. Iquitos was definitely a frontier town.

dawnontheamazon says:
Hello Andy99,

In these photos the Amazon River still flowed in front of the Malecon. The Amazon changed course, now the Itaya River flows there. Look at those light fixtures. There are no moto-kars on the streets. Undoubtedly Iquitos was much quieter. What years did moto-kars become the main means of transportation? The military have not taken over the Palace Hotel. Some things have hardly changed. This is good stuff. I am sure there are lots of fascinating memories and stories you could tell from these good old days. What else do you have? Thank you.

Posted on: Sep 30, 2007
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LANSA YS-11 at Lima
LANSA YS-11 at Lima
Cordillera Blanca
Cordillera Blanca
Cordillera Blanca
Cordillera Blanca
Catalina amphibian at Pucallpa
Catalina amphibian at Pucallpa
The Amazon Below
The Amazon Below
Touching down at Iquitos
Touching down at Iquitos
Iquitos
Iquitos
Amazon river walk at Iquitos
Amazon river walk at Iquitos
Log bridge
Log bridge
Barrio de Belén
Barrio de Belén
River craft
River craft
Street Scene
Street Scene
Structures on stilts. Note pedicab…
Structures on stilts. Note pedica…
Plaza de Armas. Casa de Fierro is …
Plaza de Armas. Casa de Fierro is…
Iquitos
photo by: Ileamel