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Maynas is one of the eight provinces 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.

Maynas
Location of Maynas in the Loreto Region
Location of Maynas in the Loreto Region
CountryPeru
RegionLoreto
CapitalIquitos
Government
 • MayorFrancisco Sanjurjo Dávila
(2019-2022)
Area
 • Total119,859.4 km2 (46,278.0 sq mi)
Elevation
106 m (348 ft)
Population
 • Total479,866
 • Density4.0/km2 (10/sq mi)
UBIGEO1601
Websitewww.munimaynas.gob.pe

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HistoryEdit

GeographyEdit

BoundariesEdit

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.

DemographicsEdit

PopulationEdit

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.

LanguagesEdit

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%).

ImmigrationEdit

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%).

AgeEdit

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.

EducationEdit

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 divisionEdit

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:

DistrictsEdit

  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 authoritiesEdit

MayorsEdit

  • 2019-2022: Francisco Sanjurjo Dávila.
  • 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).

Places of interestEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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