Itaya River

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Itaya River
Río Itaya
Evening sun reflects in the water of the Itaya River. The water is alive with islands of trees and other green vegetation. A rowboat and a painted shack are mirrored in the water; around them lumber is scattered haphazardly on the water's surface. The opposite bank of the river is on the horizon, verdant and thick with trees.
A view of the Itaya River from the city of Iquitos
Basin features
River systemAmazon Basin

The Itaya River is a tributary of the Amazon River via the Nanay River[citation needed] in northern Peru. The Itaya flows alongside the city of Iquitos and the district of Belén.

In Iquitos, a riverwalk and breakwater called Malecón Tarapacá overlooks the Itaya.[1] To the north of Malecón Tarapacá is Malecón Maldonado.[1]

The Itaya River is the namesake of the fan palm genus Itaya, which was first discovered on the river's bank.[2]

The 2012 floods of the Amazon, Itaya, and Nanay Rivers left approximately 80,000 people homeless.[3] In April 2015, 11 hours of steady rain swelled the Itaya again, causing the Iquitos–Nauta highway to collapse at four points: kilometres 22, 22.2, 23, and 26.[4]

Children play football on a dirt pitch near tin-roofed houses on the bank of the Itaya River.
The Itaya River from vantages around Iquitos

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  1. ^ a b "Malecón Tarapacá". MINCETUR. San Isidro: Ministry of Foreign Commerce and Tourism (Peru). Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  2. ^ Piptocarpha (Compositae: Vernonieae). Flora Neotropica. New York: New York Botanical Garden Press. 2007. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-89327-482-5. OCLC 77504368.
  3. ^ "Inundaciones afectan a unos 80 mil pobladores" [Flooding affects some 80,000 poor]. Perú.21 (in Spanish). 7 April 2012. Archived from the original on 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  4. ^ "Loreto: Colapsó la carretera Iquitos-Nauta por crecida del río Itaya" [Loreto: Iquitos-Nauta highway collapsed by swelling of the Itaya River]. Perú.21 (in Spanish). 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2016-04-07.

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Coordinates: 3°42′45″S 73°13′57″W / 3.7125°S 73.2324°W / -3.7125; -73.2324