The rubber-boom colonial history of Iquitos

The rubber-boom colonial history of Iquitos

 

A mecca for 19th century rubber barons, the largest city in the world with no roads leading to it, gateway to the three frontiers region of the Amazon Basin... Here, amidst the sweating selva lowlands, the immediate surprise is that Iquitos doesn’t roll out at a languid pace, but is all go-ahead charm and sparky energy, with moto-taxis buzzing past the old colonial mansions and main plaza, and a riverfront of lively bars and restaurants. But despite the hive of activity, the humans are dwarfed by nature here: more than 4,000kms from its final Atlantic destination, the Rio Amazonas around Iquitos is an astonishing 1km-wide.

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