Yurimaguas is a town in the Loreto Region
in northeastern Peru. It is the capital of both Alto Amazonas Province
and Yurimaguas District and has a population of 37,489 (1999.
Yurimaguas is notable for being the last urban center in Loreto
connected by highway with the rest of Peru: a recently paved road links
and Moyobamba, located in the tropical Andes (high-jungle), or as
it is known in the vernacular, the montaña. While the Moisés
Benzaquen Rengifo Airport was first established in Yurimaguas in 1937,
it is now barely functioning (the collapse of the Peruvian airline Aero
Continente left only two airlines serving the airport). For the majority
of the populace, transit is dominated by river travel. In the ports of
Yurimaguas trade is in tropical forest produce, particularly hardwoods,
petroleum, contraband, and goods (licit and otherwise) from the Andean
highlands or Pacific Coast sent down-river to Iquitos
and beyond (the Port Authority of Yurimaguas, ENAPU is in charge of the
International Puerto de Yurimaguas, Peru).
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Yurimaguas boasts a magnificent Cathedral built by the
Passionist Order, and modeled after the Cathedral in Burgos, Spain.