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Museum of Historic Boats

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Fascinating floating history in Iquitos

Iquitos was a boom/bust rubber town in the late 19th/early 20th century. The arrival of steamships... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2019
Brisbane, Australia
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Looks a bit dilapidated but isn't! Fascinating and interesting facts about the rubber industry in... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2018
Athens, Greece
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The museum is in the historic steamboat "Ayapua" and exhibits Amazon navigation, discovery of the Amazon, missionary outposts, old Iquitos, explorers of the Amazon, rubber industry, atrocities of the Putomayo, and making of the Fitzcarraldo film...more
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Raimondi Street | Riverbank below the Ramon Castilla Square, Iquitos 16000, Peru
+51 65 235809
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Reviewed 4 January 2019 via mobile

Iquitos was a boom/bust rubber town in the late 19th/early 20th century. The arrival of steamships opened up the opportunity for commercial export and trade, and one of the few remaining boats, the Ayapua, now houses a brilliant little museum about Iquitos and the rubber...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 14 November 2018

Looks a bit dilapidated but isn't! Fascinating and interesting facts about the rubber industry in Iquitos and more!

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank periplanomeni
Reviewed 26 October 2018

My son and I enjoyed this museum, housed in a restored historic steam boat. We spent about an hour going through the rooms. They are set up with displays, maps, and figures representing the era. It was very interesting! Great information.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank RJones12
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

A steam boat built in Germany in early XX century. It's very useful to learn how European explorers since Spaniards in XVI century occupy Amazon basin, and also how limited was technology at that time. Also some very old maps for South America, Mexico and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Farid_Matuk
Reviewed 7 May 2018

It is located near to the boulevard. The ticket included a trip in an old boat in the Itaya river which was very nice. It has a small bar at the top of the boat.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Xime377
Reviewed 2 April 2018

This small boat actually provided excellent background about the history and evolution of Iquitos, a city heavily dependent on the rubber trade. I really enjoyed it.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Marina T
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Lots of information about the rubber plantations and how the boats were used. Well kept. The tour guide was knowledgeable.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank ceciles711
Reviewed 19 December 2017

This museum gives a great review of the rubber industry in Peru in the early 1900's. The boat is from that era and is full of exhibits from that era.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank TheFriedmans
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Cool experience to walk through the different chambers of the boat to learn more about the rubber boom, their ships and the business of that time! I would have liked a guide during this tours, which was not a possibility. However, the explanations on the...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank 001mattyb
Reviewed 11 October 2017

One of the boats used during the rubber boom. Lots photos and costumes from the early 1900's and late 1800's. It tells the story about the "time of the rubber" and how the natives were abused.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank sw152Steve
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