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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 and chaotic streets that resemble the whacky races.  Traditions are still strong in this region as along the banks of the mighty Amazon river you will see wood carved canoes and local indigenous live in harmony with those that have fully embraces modernity.

The longest river in the World (The Amazon River) is home to over 3,000 species of fish, playful pink dolphin, naughty piranhas and away from the rivers on the banks and into the jungle you can find snowy egrets, falcons, monkeys and much more. It is a nature lover’s paradise.


How to get to Iquitos?

You catch a 2 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?

Dry season: June to October. Average temperature is 36.6°(98 Fahrenheit).The advantages are 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 seasons 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.

Wet season: November- May. The jungle gets around 60% of the rain during these months. Average temperature is 30°C(86 Fahrenheit). The annual floods increase water depth by 23 feet meaning that you can navigate through the creeks and lakes easier. You can explore much deeper into some parts meaning better wildlife spotting opportunities. However, there are hardly any 

In summary, you can visit the Amazon all year roudn but the season will determine the type of experience you will have. One of our experts would be happy to talk to you all about it.

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 biodiverse Amazonian River and rainforest.

Iquitos - Where to stay

The best and main reason 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 from 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 I would suggest Puerto Maldonado in southern Peru is a better fit. One of our experts would love to talk you through the pros and cons of each option.


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