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Iquitos Travel Guide: 137 reviews and 306 photos

The Jungle

For most travelers, the Amazon Jungle is the main reason to come to Iquitos. The city is located in the north of Peru, by the shore of the mighty Amazon river, and there are plenty of Jungle Lodges that offer 4-7 days trips of adventure/relax into the jungle, from single guided ones with tents to luxurious lodges with A/C.
The rule is: the further from Iquitos the more wildlife you will see!


Another touristic spot here is the "floating" quarter of Belen. Located south of Iquitos, the so called "Peruvian Venice", is more a poor wooden huts neighborhood than a "Venice". Built by the shores of the Amazon, the floods turn its muddy streets into canals as the waters rise.
Anyway, is interesting to visit its colurful chaotic market and have a guided canoe tour around, as you see people in their daily life activities around.

Iquitos is the main city in the Amazon peruvian area. Founded in 1750 by jesuit missioners, the village soon became the centre of the once incredible caoutchoc business. Big mansions were built in the 19th century, and a river "aristocracy" grew here. Famous architects were comissioned importants projects here: Eiffel (Yes, the one of the Tower) built here the famous Iron Mansion...
But all that is past and now Iquitos is a big tranquile city in the jungle, with beautiful tiled 1 storey houses.
It's the biggest city in earth that can't be reached by road. There is only boat/plane access, so flying from Lima is the best option for most travelers to come.

  • Last visit to Iquitos: Apr 2005
  • Intro Updated Sep 18, 2005
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    nice page!

  • Aug 11, 2009 at 12:49 AM

    thanks for an interesting page on iquitos. my interest here has grown since ive met a certain peruvian boy! haha. so now it looks like peru might be more of a realisation then ever before! haha :)

  • Antuco's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    the animal "shows" are horrendous and only operate because tour operators think that is what tourists want. The suffering needs to stop so when you go- NO to las boas,el serpentario, and some lodges

  • joesjoyous's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Can you comment on the situation with Yellow Fever?? The CDC here in Florida said we need shots because we will be going to the Amazon, our tour guide said 'not'. Did you feel any threat when in Iquitos? Anyone you talk to states there is a problem?

  • sprdak11's Profile Photo
    Feb 29, 2008 at 6:04 AM

    Interesting travel page. Greetings.

  • Feb 18, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    The owner of The Hobo Hideout in Iquitos Peru is a VERY bad man. He ripped me off for $550 US on a hunting trip he said he would take me on. He also talked of killing indiginous people. Don´t stay at Hobo Hideout!!

  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2006 at 1:12 AM

    Estoy deshojando la margarita entre ir a Iquitos o a Puerto Maldonado y la verdad es que tus páginas inclinan la balanza hacia Iquitos

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2006 at 2:27 AM

    thanks sirRichard. valuable info. we will be leaaving in july and expect to be in iquitios about september. need good stuff like this to keep in budget

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2005 at 12:28 PM

    So you did not go out into the deep jungle in Iquitos?!!! Looks great but where are your paintings of this place?!!!


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