Iquitos Travel Guide

Geography

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 ²), 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.

Climate

Under the Köppen climate classification, Iquitos experience an equatorial climate (Af). Throughout the year, it has constant rainfall so there is no distinct dry season, and has temperatures ranging from . The annual average temperature is, with an average relative humidity of 115%. The average rainfall in Iquitos is per year. Because the seasons are not sensitive in the equatorial zone, Iquitos has only two seasons.

It has a rainy winter, which arrives in November and ends in May, with March and April tend to include more humid climate. Precipitations of about and, respectively. In May, the Amazon River, one of the rivers surrounding the city, reaches its highest levels, repeatedly fell about or at its lowest point in October, and then steadily increases cyclically.

Summer offers a very different climate. Although July and August are the driest months, remain some periods of downpours. Sunny days and good weather are common, and is utilized to dry things, high temperatures reaching and an average of . Rainfall felt over the years are more abundant than those of Ayacucho, Cusco and Lima.

Iquitos also has microclimates: rain or drizzle may be present in some areas of the districts, while other parts of the city are slightly cloudy or clear. The temperature may vary.

The urban climate is slightly warmer than the natural climate, and would be reflected by the thermal sensation. It also suffers from a phenomenon called urban heat island, where the heat has difficulty dissipating into the night hours.

Unusually, in June 2011, the city suffered the most extreme coldspell in its history: the temperature dropped to (with an extremely low temperature of for 24 September), forcing people to warm themselves to an unprecedented degree.

Natural hazards

The main natural hazard is flooding. In 2012, major flooding occurred in Iquitos who alerted the population and affected coastal areas and several towns in the metropolitan area, which has a floodable, rainy geography. The floods of 2012 were regarded as the most historic natural disaster to Iquitos to date. Wet weather in Loreto took showers and drizzle, causing damage and flooding in the Loreto Region since November 2011. The rainy weather continued until early 2012, and increased the level of water in the Amazon river —wide stream that feeds most of the tributaries in Loreto— up to 117 m. Since February and March, several villages are affected (19,209 and 18,400 families affected), 26 000 hectares of farmland are flooded and the water level reached coastal streets of Iquitos. On 24 April 2012, the spate faded, and initiated the first stage of ebb.

Other natural hazards are heat waves can reach over with a windchill of which is caused by the low humidity on clear days. Cold waves are also curious in Iquitos: cold air from the tip of the continent driven by the dynamics of the atmosphere, comes to town and causes a drop in temperature, moderate rainfall and thunderstorms. The trade winds also come to cause gales reaching 60 km / h. In October 2012, Iquitos experienced high temperatures and heavy thunderstorms.

Earthquakes in the city are very rare and very deep. Iquitos is located in Region 3 of Systematic Regionalization Map of Peru, which means that the city has a low coefficient seismic value, although the 2011 Peru earthquake, which occurred southeast of Contamana, was felt in the city as a small and unexpected jolt.

source: Wikipedia

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