Sets for the film "Motorcycle Diaries."
Approximate Latitude of Iquitos: -3.84 Longitude: -73.21
About 30 minutes by boat from Iquitos, the main city in the Amazon region of Peru, and at the end of the Sinchicuy creek, lies Santa María del Ojeal. Close enough to town, far away enough to look like the leprosary it stood for. The houses built for the movie are kind of unreal, since they don't share the same style of the other buildings; most of them have either dried palm roofs or tin ones, while these ones have what in Peru is known as "Ethernit", half-ceramic, half-brick corrugated roofs.
Santa Maria is a township surrounded by many small farms, growing staples in ground reclaimed to the river, mostly on flooding terrain. It is seriously poor but not as poor as farther areas, that have little contact with tourism or for that matter, international movie productions. Many of the settlers double up as tourist attractions, acting like shamans, extracting sugar cane juice and making simple rum, or the local variety, Seven Roots (cheap rum with seven barks and roots for aphrodisiacal / medical / general well being purposes), and maybe even using their aboriginal ancestry to perform as "natives" for tourists' sake. Lacking power, and proper sanitation, the general store sell the common staple of the industrial world: candy, cookies, junk food, soda drinks and cigarettes, while some bread is made by the local baker, from time to time. No pharmacy, but an orderly has his office in town. A school and two churches, catholic and a non recognisable evangelic denomination, serve town.
The sets are now used as offices for the local authorities. Not being a district, it has what in the States is (I believe) called an alderman, who has no real powers but represents the town in front of the borough's mayor. The representative of the state is the lieutenant-governor, a delegate of the prefect, in turn a delegate of the Interior / Home minister. A banner can be seen in the second picture, taken from the Amazon river itself, while on boat.
Finally, my son, the Peruvian flag and the Amazon river are part of the final picture, showing the town from about a 15 minute walk to the lodge where we were staying. The sets can be seen at the background.