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Traveling to Iquitos Peru

Traveling to Iquitos Peru

Iquitos extends to the northeast of Peru, on the left bank of the Amazon River, it is one of the most important cities of the Amazon and the main fluvial port of Peru. It can only be entered by river or air transport, and by a single road to the south that connects it with the city of Nauta. The main square or Plaza de Armas in Spanish is a combination of modern buildings as well as eccentric and luxurious constructions of the exuberant era in the rubber boom. The main attraction of Iquitos and its Amazonian forests is the incomparable natural diversity of the region and its indigenous tribes. This is the main base for excursions in the Amazonian forests and the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, the largest protected area in Peru, and one of the best places to see animals in their natural habitat. Visitors embark on boats and sail days and nights to take walks and see the monkeys, alligators, giant lily pads, boas, tarantulas, and many more species.


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 A popular stop is the Monkey Island (technically the island Timicurillo in the Amazon river), which is home to different species of monkeys, as well as sloths, coatis, and many tropical birds. While in Iquitos you can visit the Manatí Orphanage, the caiman farm, or the butterfly house, the options are endless. The floating market of Belén, unites more than 150 native communities who meet there to sell their products, San Juan market focused on the sale of carvings and handicrafts, The Anaconda Center is another craft market, and finally the Passage Paquito, is the place where you can find exotic drinks or medicines made from medicinal plants and animals. (While making your purchases please keep in mind that many of the ornaments may be manufactured from parts of animals in danger of extinction, and their possession, export from Peru and import to the US and Europe is totally illegal). Iquitos is a city of more than 400,000 inhabitants which makes it one of the largest cities in Peru. But the most proud title is to be the largest city in the world that can not be reached by road. Only by plane or river. It is a safe city, although you always have to have common sense in our actions and spend a day can be very fun. Iquitos is the most shocking city in all of Peru, mainly because it does not seem Peruvian but extracted from somewhere in Southeast Asia. The motorbike is the king of the city, where the number grows in an exorbitant manner and, as is logical, the main public transport is this medium but in tuk-tuk format. Iquitos is on the banks of the Amazon River, there are numerous tours and ways to travel around the Amazon.The city has a couple of places to visit. The Main Square and the 28 July Square, in addition to several very picturesque markets such as the "Barrio de Belén", which is not recommended to go at nightfall. We can find all kinds of unusual food such as worm larvae, turtle eggs, fried crocodile, etc.Multiethnic city with strong Amazonian roots, known as the Capital of the Peruvian Amazon. The hot Iquitos is located in the northeastern jungle of Peru. It is the capital of the department of Loreto and its nightlife is very attractive and diverse. You can also enjoy its peculiar and varied cuisine, made with animals and local plants. In the surrounding areas we find the community of the Boras  of San Andrés, the Padre Cocha Island and the  Allpahuayo Mishana Reserve.

Quick Itinerary:

Day 1 Iquitos to Iguana Lodge, explore the Amazon river and the Monkeys Island 

Day 2 Yanayacu Creek, visit an ethnic group and visit the "Fundo Pedrito" 

Amazon Tours Iquitos

Iquitos is an ideal place for lovers of nature and biodiversity tourism and for those who want to feel an intimate contact with the unspoiled nature of the Amazonian forests and the Amazon River. From the city of Iquitos, you can take a cruise on the Amazon River or stay in hostels and lodges located in the jungle to explore the jungle and the most daring and adventurous can reach the protected natural areas, highlighting the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and Allpahuayo Mishana, with exuberant fauna and flora, ideal for bird watching, can also make contact with the aborigines of the Amazon or know the rites of ayahuasca. In the city of Iquitos, you can find handicrafts of the jungle natives, as well as enjoy excellent regional cuisine, typical drinks, hectic city life, and great nightlife, or sessions with shamans who use ayahuasca. There is a great diffusion of folk medicine and quackery based on the large number of medicinal plants that exist.

Where is Iquitos Perú located?

Iquitos is located south of Maynas in the department of Loreto, northeast of Peru, in the tropical forests of the Amazon Basin, covers an area of ​​368.9 km2, from the influx where the Ucayali and Maranon join to form the river basin Amazonas and a little more than 200 miles from where the Amazon flows into the Atlantic, it is actually like an island, since it is surrounded by the Nanay, Amazon and Itaya rivers and also by the Moronacocha lake. Another large, nearby, important river is the Napo, which together with the Marañon and the Ucayali have consolidated as an important river port. Iquitos is near the Equator, with only a difference of 18 minutes between its longest day and the shortest one. The climate is tropical with temperatures that lie between 15ºC and 31ºC and with an average annual temperature of 23ºC. With an average humidity of 115%; The fluvial precipitations are very abundant during the year with an average of 2.6162m. The water levels in the rivers can be increased up to 12.19m in some seasons, this depending on the rainfall and the melting snow of the eastern Andes.

When to visit iquitos? 

The jungle of Peru is very attractive for tourists thanks to the tours that are offered in it and that allow the traveler to feel like an explorer in the jungle. The best time to visit Iquitos, Pucallpa and Tarapoto is between the months of April to October. It is recommended to avoid the months of December to March when the rainy season occurs. It is never too late to begin to know the tourist places of Peru. Start now and get to know the largest number of tourist sites in the country. Compare your tickets to national destinations of your preference in Peruvian.

Iquitos what to see?

  • Church or cathedral of Iquitos:  Located in the main square of the city of Iquitos. It was built between 1911 and 1924 under the neo-Gothic style. Father Abencio Villarejo was responsible for its restoration between 1944 and 1949. Its single nave structure maintains the details of the European model with a pulpit carved in wood on the right side. An interesting detail is the Swiss watch that was installed in 1925, its care was in the hands of Mr. Manuel Pinedo. 
  • Iron House: It is located in the corner of Prospero Street and Putumayo Street, in front of the Main Square in the city of Iquitos. It was built in 1887, it was designed by the French architect Gustavo Eiffel Their supports came unarmed from Paris in a boat of Brazilian flag, with the idea of ​​taking them to the Mishagua river in the department of Madre de Dios. Due to transport problems, the load was sold to the Spanish rubber tapper Anselmo del Águila, who ordered that it be assembled in the place where it is currently located.Thus, the house has remained as testimony to the heyday of the rubber era. Its two-story structure, with balconies on both facades and roof in a pyramidal form of four waters, is supported by columns of wrought iron. 
  • Ex Hotel Palace: It is located in the corners of Putumayo Street and the Malecón Tarapacá This building was completed in 1912 and since then it was considered the best and most luxurious in the Peruvian Amazon. Its three floors have been carefully decorated with balconies and iron grills from Hamburg, Carrara marble, Sevillian mosaics and arabesques. It is estimated that about 40 thousand pounds of gold were invested in the details. In this hotel the most important visitors stayed who arrived at the city at the height of rubber. Currently, entry is not allowed. Visiting Hours: Monday to Sunday 8:00 a.m. at 8:00 p.m. 
  • Zungarococha Lake: 12 Km From the control post of the airport southwest of the city of Iquitos (30 minutes by car approximately). It is located on the right bank of the Nanay River, it is ideal for swimming, canoeing or enjoying the landscape. 
  • Malecón Tarapacá: Located on the edge of the city on the banks of the Amazon River It dates from the rubber boom era. In its route it offers an attractive panoramic view of the Amazon River and the port of Bethlehem.
  • Port of Bethlehem: It is located on the right bank of the Amazon River. The settlers have built their houses on wooden piles or rafts, so in the flood season, they tie them to each other and live on the second floor. They are especially dedicated to fishing but, when the river falls, they use both floors of the houses and cultivate the surrounding land. The river is the most important means of communication, boats or canoes are used for this purpose The market, 200 meters from the port, is the center of the typical products of the region and therefore, a very visited site. 
  • Municipal Museum: Located at Jr. Napo 236 (3rd floor), it presents a sample of native animals from the region and a collection of local handicrafts. It is currently the seat of the Municipality of Maynas. Visiting hours: From Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. at 12:45 p.m. 
  • Amazon Museum:  It is located at the Tarapacá Malecón 386. It was built in 1863, it is an exponent of the neoclassical style in the region, it was restored in 1999. It preserves a collection of 80 life-size fiberglass sculptures that represent the main ethnic groups of the Peruvian, Brazilian and Venezuelan Amazon. The place is shared with the Military Museum and an exhibition of photographs that portrays the history of the city of Iquitos. Visiting hours: From Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Amazon Library: Located in the Malecón Tarapacá number 354 (3rd floor of the Prefecture) This library has a great variety of books specialized in regional topics. Originally, it was a one-story building, the second was built in 1903. In its architecture draws attention the succession of large windows protected by bars of iron. Visiting hours: From Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. at 5 p.m.
  • Tourist Complex of Quistococha: It is located at Km. 6.3 of the Iquitos-Nauta Highway, southwest of the city of Iquitos (15 minutes by car approximately). It is located around the Quistococha lagoon. The complex has 369 hectares and has an artificial beach known as Tunchi Beach, you will also find there a museum, an aquarium, a serpentarium and trails for walks around the lake (which has a depth of 8 meters). For the convenience of the visitors, there is a tourist restaurant, a children's park and sports courts and boats for rent in the lagoon. Visiting hours: From Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. at 5 p.m. 
  • Santo Tomás Town:  It is located 16 km northeast of the city of Iquitos, taking the detour that is located 200 meters from the airport. It is located on the banks of the calm waters of the Nanay River. It is a good place to swim, ski or ride a glider or canoe. The area is inhabited by a peasant community whose main economic activities are fishing and pottery. 
  • Santa Clara:  It is located 12 km south of the city of Iquitos on the banks of the Nanay River (30 minutes by car approximately). When the flow of the Nanay River falls you can see and enjoy a beach with white sand. It is one of the most attractive places around the city of Iquitos.
  • Bellavista Nanay Pier:  It is located 3.5 km south of the city of Iquitos (20 minutes by motorcycle taxi). We rent boats to walk along the Nanay River and visit the nearby villages of Padre Cocha and San Andrés. 
  • Almendra Port:  It is located 12.1 km from the checkpoint of the airport of the city of Iquitos (30 minutes by car approximately). There is the Arboretum El Huayo Botanical Garden in charge of the Puerto Almendra forestry research and teaching center. The center maintains plots with forest species representative of the Nanay basin. Ecological tours, walks and visits to the farms of the inhabitants of the area are offered. 
  • Lake Rumococha:  It is located 3.8 km from the airport checkpoint, southwest of the city of Iquitos on the banks of the Nanay River (15 minutes by car approximately) It has a closed arch, is characterized by its calm waters that facilitate fishing. 
  • The Amazon River: the immense and ancient one, is the largest river in the world, and resembles an immense sea of ​​fresh water in perpetual motion. Its channel varies between 4 thousand and 6 thousand (up to 8 thousand) m. and its mouth in the Atlantic forms an estuary of 400 km. Penetrating its waters up to 150 km. in the sea. In times of increasing its volume can reach 300 thousand m3 per second, while in low season to reach between 80 and 90 thousand m3 per second. The Amazon has very crooked curves that go along forming great radius angles and that constantly evolve. There are contradictions about its length, which is estimated at approximately 6,762 km. Until its mouth in the Atlantic. Boat on the river Boat The Amazon is navigable by ships of all draft, its channel is very deep, reaching in some points up to 240 mts. The main Peruvian port of the Amazon is the city of Iquitos.

Why to visit Iquitos? 

Iquitos is the city of charm and flavor. It is the capital of Loreto, located in the northeastern part of the Peruvian territory. Besides having exotic landscapes with a variety of fauna and flora, it has become one of the most visited cities by Peruvians and foreigners. You can also travel along the Amazon River, delighting with its forests and animals.In relation to the outside world by air and by river, Iquitos is the largest city in the world, and it can not be reached by road. Iquitos is unique: friendly, slightly noisy. Travelers go
for a trip to the jungle or a river trip along the Amazon, but often stay a few days to enjoy this capital in the remote jungle of the huge department of Loreto.

Day 1: Iquitos to Iguana Lodge

Departure in the morning from the city of Iquitos by car to reach the port city of Nanay (Bellavista), where the Nanay River meets the Amazon River. After leaving by boat we will travel downstream 70 KM (approximately 2 hours). During the river trip we will have a great opportunity to see alligators, turtles, herons, pink river dolphins, snakes and many other flora / fauna species along the riverbank. The island of the monkeys , is a small island about 15 minutes from the Maniti Lodge, which houses a large number of monkeys in their natural habitat. During your visit to the island you will have the unique opportunity to observe and interact with a wide variety of monkeys that include: the sloth, the Goeldi monkey, the Tamarin monkey, the capuchin monkey, the Titi monkey - Handed Yellow, masked Titi monkey, Cebidae monkey, Wooly monkey, squirrel monkey, spider monkey, Coati South American monkey, and many more! Along with the different species of monkeys you will have the opportunity to observe large anacondas, boas and interact with the very unusual Amazonian mata mata turtle On the island of the monkeys we will also see alligators, turtles, toucans, macaws, parrots, etc. We will have a dolphin watching session in the camp where we will have the unique opportunity to see the freshwater pink dolphins. If we are lucky we will also have the opportunity to swim with them in the Amazon River. In the afternoon we will go for a walk to observe the nocturnal nature and see different types of species such as: (lizards, snakes, spiders, monkeys). In the evening there will be an excursion through the jungle to observe, touch, and take a picture of the alligators. Accommodation at the Iguana Lodge.

Day 2: Yanayacu Creek, visit an ethnic group and visit the

This second day, we will start our excursion very early (5:00 a.m approx) with a tour to Yanayacu creek, where you will appreciate black waters to watch the sunrise and observe the activity of the fauna of the area such as birds, dolphins, the ride will be in a typical boat of the area. To start the day, we will enjoy a delicious breakfast done with typical food of the region. Then we will make an ethnobotanical walk through the jungle in order to learn about Amazonian medicinal plants and the relationship they have with the people who live in the jungle.Also, we will observe different trees around the native town of Yaguas (ethnic group)where you will learn about their customs and experiences that they carry out every day. We can also participate in their dances and buy some crafts for your memory. Finally we will return to the city of Iquitos, not before making a stop to visit the "Fundo Pedrito" which is a breeding center of 3 species of animals very representative of the Amazon: 

  • Paiche; the world's largest freshwater fish
  • The white alligator
  • Piranhas and we will observe the largest aquatic plant in the world called "Victoria Regia".




  • Land and river transfers 
  • Accommodation at Iguana Lodge 
  • Full meals (breakfast - lunch - dinner) 
  • Professional Bilingual Guide 
  • Personalized assistance


  • Air ticket (International and domestic)
  • Tips 
  • Others not mentioned


  • The weather in Iquitos is tropical and rainy, so you must wear your hood for rain 
  • Take into account that the weather is hot, so you should have water on hand to hydrate. 
  • Wear light clothing as you walk regularly, repellent for mosquitoes, and sunglasses. 
  • Wear footwear for walks in the jungle. 
  • Never try to enter the jungle without the company of an experienced guide and all the necessary logistics. 
  • Within the city, the most used transport is the motorcycle taxi. It is advisable to take the motorcycles taxis, because they are the cheapest, allow to see the landscape, and are fresh for the heat that you feel. It is not advisable to travel on linear motorcycles, because although they are cheaper, they do not wear a helmet and suffer more accidents. We do not recommend the use of cars or taxis, because they are more expensive than motorcycle taxis, and because of the heat it is unbearable to travel inside them. 
  • To enter protected natural areas, it is essential to have an authorization issued by the national office or the regional units of SERNANP (National Service of Protected Areas). This is facilitated by hiring an organized tour, as the tour operator will process this authorization prior to your arrival, saving you time. 
  • Don't forget your hat, personal items as medications, and sunscreen.



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