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Iquitos, Peru Overview

Iquitos is located in northeastern Peru, northeastern Loreto Region, and in the extreme south of the Province of Maynas. Located on the Great Plains, the city has an area of 368.9 km ² (142.4 mi ), comprising the districts Belen, Punchana and San Juan Bautista. It is approximately at coordinates 03 ° 43’46 “S 73 ° 14’18” W to 106 meters. It is the most northern Peruvian city.

It is surrounded by the Port of Iquitos, formed by the Amazon, Nanay and Itaya rivers. It is situated on the left bank of the Amazon River, which provides a characteristic economic life, including trade and transport.The Itaya and Nanay rivers limit the physical expansion of the city in that direction new development is growing toward the south and there is a slight population density in Downtown Iquitos. Close to Iquitos are a number of lagoons and lakes Moronococha Lake is a boundary to the city on the west. These features make the city seem like a huge, faux river island.

Geologically, the city is settled in a Tertiary-Quaternary formation lithologically composed by little-consolidated lutites, with remains of flora or fauna, and numerous white-sand lenses of abundant silicon. The residual soils are sandy, almost clay-like and variably deep.Physiography, is a hazy landscape due to the undulations of the soil erosion caused by rain.

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Under the Köppen climate classification, Iquitos experience an equatorial climate.