Peru geographic regions - Loreto department, tours and travel directory for Loreto in Peru

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Peru: Loreto department

Peru: Loreto department

Location: Noreste del Perú 

Area: 368 852 km2 

Capital: Iquitos (104 masl) 


Minimum: 70 masl (Amelia)

Maximum: 220 masl (Balsapuerto)


Loreto's department is covered of a dense vegetation, with hills of few elevation and surfaces lightly wavy crossed by diverse rivers of the basin of the Amazon. Loreto is the most extensive department of the country (368852 km2) though also he is one of the least populated.


Popular Festivities

Fiesta de San Juan



Iquitos, capital of the department of Loreto, is Peru's main port along the Amazon River. Founded in 1757, the city began to boom from 1880 onwards as a result of the rubber tapping industry.


Pacaya Samiria

Located in the department of Loreto, Pacaya-Samiria covers an area of 2,080,000 hectares, and is the largest national reserve in the country.