Iquitos: Remembering the Rubber Days

(Photo: Iquitos No Revelado/Facebook)

Before oil, it was rubber.

This limited time gallery in Iquitos reflects on the days of the rubber boom that founded Peru’s largest Amazonian city and defined, for better or worse, its legacy in the century to come.

Peru’s Minister of Culture Salvador del Solar inaugurated the exposition in the city of Iquitos on August 5.  The exposition features photography, testimonials, audiovisuals, and infographics to explore how the rubber boom contributed to the growth of the city as well as exploited local indigenous populations for labor.

The gallery entitled “Memories of rubber, revelations of the human forest” will be held until August 15 at The Cultural Center of Loreto located at Malecón Tarapacá 382 in Iquitos.  Entrance is free of charge.

With recent (and not-so-recent) oil conflicts shaking Loreto as the subject of continued controversy, it is appropriate for the region to remember its past of growth and exploitation in order to reflect upon where it is today and where it wants to be in the future.

The Amazon Waterway project in the works is a basis for the incumbent Peruvian government’s intentions to expand growth and development in the region.

The past is relevant today.  If you are in Iquitos, check out the exposition while it lasts!




Mike Dreckschmidt

Mike grew up and eventually attended university in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated in Integrative Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning and has been a part of planning projects in three different countries. Mike’s passion is reading; he devours both literature and nonfiction. His favorite author is Peru’s own Julio Ramón Ribeyro.