Loreto is a large region in the Amazon Rainforest in northeast Peru. It borders Brazil to the east, Colombia to the northeast and Ecuador to the northwest. In the northeast, the regional capital Iquitos is known for its district of Belén, built on stilts. Nearby, the European-influenced Ex Hotel Palace, with its tiled facade, was built in the early 1900s to house traders during the rubber boom.


  • First week of January. Anniversary of Iquitos. Week-long festivities to celebrate the founding of the city.
  • Third week of February. Carnivals.
  • June 24. Fiesta de San Juan. The local people go to the Nanay and Amazonas river banks, taking with them the traditional juanes, cooked on the eve.
  • In front of the waters, they merrily drink and dance.
  • First two weeks of August. A farm, livestock and crafts fair takes place in the small town of Santa Clara de Nanay, located 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from the city of Iquitos.
  • September 7. Señora de la Natividad. Date in which the Tamshiyacu people, in the province of Maynas, honor their patron.
  • December 8. Fiesta de la Purísima, celebrated in the district of Punchana, located 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from Iquitos

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