Maynas Province, Peru

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Location of Maynas in the Loreto Region
Location of Maynas in the Loreto Region
Country Peru
Region Loreto
Capital Iquitos
 • Mayor Fernando Meléndez
 • Total 119,859.4 km2 (46,278.0 sq mi)
Elevation 106 m (348 ft)
Population (2005 estimate)
 • Total 536,423
 • Density 4.5/km2 (12/sq mi)

Maynas is a province in the Loreto Region in northeastern Peru. Its capital, Iquitos, is also Loreto's regional capital and the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.




The Maynas Province is bordered by Ecuador on the northwest, Colombia on the north, northeast and east, the Mariscal Ramón Castilla and Requena provinces on the south, and the Loreto Province on the southwest.



According to the 1993 Census, the Maynas Province has a population of 393,496 inhabitants, 50.6% of which (199,209) are male and 49.4% (194,287) are female.

As of 2005, the Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática estimates the province's population to be 536,423.


The majority of the province's residents (96%) speak Spanish at home; other languages spoken are Quechua (2%), Aymara (150 speakers, 0.0%), other indigenous languages (0.8%) and foreign languages (0.2%).


Persons originating from other regions of the country make up 8.4% of the population and 0.3% of residents were born abroad.

The largest immigrant groups are from the San Martín Region (2.9% of the total population), the Lima Province/Lima Region (1.8%), and Ucayali Region (1.3%).


The population is spread out with

  • 54.1% under the age of 20,
  • 8.9% from 20 to 24,
  • 24.6% from 25 to 44,
  • 9.5% from 45 to 64, and
  • 3% who are 65 years of age or older.


Secondary education has been attended by 28.8% of the population and 2.5% also have graduated from non-university higher education, while 2.6% have complete university studies. 46.7% only have attended primary education and 8.5% have not had any education.

The illiteracy rate in the province is 13.1%.

Political division[edit]

The province is divided into eleven districts (Spanish: distritos, singular: distrito), each of which is headed by a mayor (alcalde). The districts, with their capitals in parenthesis, are:


Districts of Iquitos city
  1. Iquitos (Iquitos) (seat)
  2. Alto Nanay (Santa María de Nanay)
  3. Belén (Belén)
  4. Fernando Lores (Tamshiyacu)
  5. Indiana (Indiana)
  6. Las Amazonas (Francisco de Orellana)
  7. Mazán (Mazán)
  8. Napo (Santa Clotilde)
  9. Punchana (Punchana)
  10. San Juan Bautista (San Juan Bautista)
  11. Torres Causana (Pantoja)

Local authorities[edit]


  • 2015-2018: Fernando Meléndez Celis (Movimiento Integración Loretana).
  • 2013-2014: Adela Esmeralda Jiménez Mera (Movimiento Integración Loretana).
  • 2011-2012: Charles Mayer Zevallos Eyzaguirre (Movimiento Integración Loretana).

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Coordinates: 3°45′19″S 73°14′57″W / 3.755148°S 73.249111°W / -3.755148; -73.249111