The Story of How Iquitos Got it's Name
By Juan Maldonado
Many years ago the land that is now the City of Iquitos was inhabited by the Iquito natives who gave their name to the city. However the Iquito natives left long ago and lived in the area near the village of Nina Rumi on the Nanay River. Over the years the Iquito natives stayed there speaking their own language keeping to themselves. Now nearly 200 years later there are only a few Iquito natives left and they are getting old. In 10 to 15 years time there will be none left.
One of the last 24 people on Earth that speaks the Iquito language
This is the legend of why they left...
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