Iquitos is an Amazonian metropolis city accessed by plane or river only. Iquitos is the gateway to the remote, pristine and awe-inspiring biodiverse jungle in north east Peru.
Located in the remote Belen district of Peru, Iquitos is a mixture of twentieth century houses and offices, flashy-looking restaurants and bars all in a range of chaotic streets reminiscent of The Wacky Races.  Traditions remain strong in this region, and along the banks of the mighty Amazon River you will see local indigenous people with their simple, wood-carved canoes living in harmony with those who have fully embraced modernity.

The Amazon River is the longest river in the world, and home to over 3,000 species of fish, playful pink dolphin and naughty piranhas. Away from the flowing waters, up on the banks and into the jungle, you can find snowy egrets, falcons, monkeys and so much more. This region is truly a nature lover’s paradise.

How to get to Iquitos?

To get to Iquitos, the best way is to catch a two hour flight from Lima Airport to Iquitos Airport. From Iquitos Airport you take a 1.5 hour transfer to Nauta where you will board.

When is the best time to visit Iquitos?

The dry season in Iquitos runs from June to October, with an average temperature of 36.6°(98 Fahrenheit).The advantages of the dry season are that some of the paths that flood annually have now dried up and you can explore by foot. There are also fewer mosquitos. It is also a good season in which to spot migratory birds. However, you cannot explore as deep into the jungle as the riverbeds and creeks are dry and the boats cannot navigate them.

The wet season extends from November to May. The jungle gets around 60% of its rain during these months, and the average temperature is 30°C(86 Fahrenheit). The annual floods increase water depth by 23 feet, meaning that you can more easily navigate through the creeks and lakes. You can explore much deeper into some jungle areas, meaning better wildlife-spotting opportunities and the extraordinary experience of a more exciting jungle environment. 

In summary, you can visit the Amazon all year round, but the season will determine the type of experience you will have. Talk to us to discuss which will suit you best.

Iquitos - Things to do

Seldom do travellers take the journey to this remote city to stay in the city. Tourists come here to venture and explore the incredibly biodiverse Amazonian River and rainforest.

Iquitos - Where to stay

The best and main reason that people head up here, rather than visit the Amazon near Puerto Maldonado, is for the luxury cruising boats that sail the waters. There are a variety of good options that run cruises. The Delfin I, Delfin II, Delfin III and MV Aria are the best options. Give one of our specialists a ring for further information.

Iquitos - Our opinion

If you are searching for luxurious river-based nature cruises, then this area is a great option. Alternatively, if you would prefer to stay in a more economical lodge on land then we would recommend Puerto Maldonado in southern Peru. One of our specialist consultants will talk you through the pros and cons of each option.


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