Tbt: Old Peru

Iquitos is the largest city in the world that doesn’t have road access. This former “rubber capital of the world” is now a prime destination for Amazon Rain-forest explorations. Loaded with faded colonial homes, it still remains as one of the best loved locales in all of Peru.

Iquitos was vastly wealthy until 1912, when smugglers took seeds to Malaysia & the rubber monopoly for Peru ended. During World War II, it became an important source of rubber supply, but faded into near obscurity after the War. In the 1960’s interest in the Amazon began the growth in the Eco-tourism industry and the revitalization of Iquitos. Today, it’s home to many expats and thousands of moto-taxis.

Colonial balconies, Iquitos Peru

Tbt: Old Peru

First Thursday of the New Year.

Iquitos is the largest city in the world that does not have road access.(pop 371,000) One has to take a quick flight from Lima, or the more adventurous river boats. Many of these old huts still exist and are lived in today along the ancient river “road.”

Mud Huts near Iquitos, Peru (Photo : Cardcow)

Los Wembler’s from Iquitos Visit the Cleveland Museum of Art

One of our regular readers sent us this article about Los Wemblers from Iquitos. Recently they visited my home city of Cleveland, Ohio where they performed at the world renowned Cleveland Museum of Art.

Los Wembler’s, the legendary band from Iquitos, Peru, will be traveling to the U.S. for the first time. The five Sanchez Brothers who make up the band are Amazonian Cumbia pioneers who helped launch the Chicha explosion of the 1970s.

Los Wembler’s have only rarely left the Amazon and this is a unique opportunity to see them. The brothers are still faithful to their original sound, and haven’t lost a bit of their passion and enthusiasm. They will be performing an original repertoire that spans forty years and includes some of their hits, including “Sonidio Amazonico” and “Danza del Petrolero,” which were featured on the Roots of Chicha compilations released by Barbès Records.

Source: Los Wembler’s | Cleveland Museum of Art


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