Iquitos is known to some as the Capital of the Peruvian Amazon, as it is the largest city near the rainforest, and it is the fifth largest in the whole of Peru. With a population of over 400,000, Iquitos is steadily growing in numbers, but the people of the four districts remain happy with its educational, commercial and cultural offerings. If you're new to the area, you should visit the Amazon rainforest and the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, to get a guided tour around a safe part of the rainforest, learning all about the area's stunning natural beauty and wildlife. For those expats living in Iquitos who are more interested in man-made sights, Gustave Eiffel, the man behind the Parisian tower, built another famous landmark in Iquitos called the Iron House. The Iron House is made out of iron sheets, and is still a residential building today.
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The city continues to develop more and more shopping opportunities and lifestyle features, even with a shopping infrastructure that is already readily available and easily accessible. Many people move from neighboring cities to Iquitos because of its growing economy, flourishing education system and easy access to international transportation. Moving to any new city, however, can be tricky especially if it is situated in a foreign country, and moving to Iquitos is no exception. Before you leave, you have to sort out accommodation, schools for the children, and a decent working situation. The InterNations’ Expat Magazine has articles dedicated to making your move abroad easier. Some of the articles, for example, are written by expatriates themselves, who want to share their experiences with other InterNations members to make their journey less problematic.
Due to its status as the main center for sales, transportation, finance, tourism, media and much more in the Amazon rainforest, thousands of people move to Iquitos to take advantage of the thriving work environments. The Economic Development Management of the Provincial Municipality of Maynas regulates trade going in and out of the rainforest region, and makes any business development, tourism or manufacturing decisions. The economy of the city is also boosted by the growing fish population in the river and its tributaries. Because of its stable economy, there are many job opportunities that come and go in Iquitos. If you're thinking of working in Iquitos, you might want to check the InterNations forums first to see if there's any information that could help you settle in to your new job more comfortably. The Expat Magazine also has features specifically geared towards making working abroad as an expatriate in Iquitos a tolerable process.