"The Obligatory Lodge Visit" Top 5 Page for this destination Iquitos Hotel Tip by Austinsnow
Iquitos Hotels: 17 reviews and 20 photos
Chances are, if you're a tourist in Iquitos, you're on your way to or from one of the lodges set along the Amazon River. These setups are specifically geared to tourists wanting to "see the Amazon", all without having to rough it too much. Naturally, there are all sorts of lodge choices, fitting tastes. A good guidebook will compare many of them to give you an idea of what you might be looking for.
Regardless, most lodges offer space for relaxation and small trips every now and then to keep you busy, if you're interested. Standard offerings often include a jungle hike, boating to see pink dolphins, birdwatching, and night canoe trips to experience the nocturnal sounds of the Amazon. It's usually very organized and some of it is very touristy; if you're not into that kind of thing, you can always just hang out and relax in the lodge...my favorite thing to do.
I only had time for one night at a lodge due to work constraints, but it was still a welcome relax. I particularly liked seeing some of the wildlife and jungle, as well as just being able to relax in a hammock and chat with other tourists from all over the world.
Prices and amenities vary for each location. It's probably wise to go with something that's been recommended. Check guidebooks, ask friends, or wait until you get to Iquitos and ask there (like at the Texas Rose). I went with Heliconia, and I was pretty happy. You can book through them at the Victoria Regia Hotel. Getting to the Lodges
Naturally, it's cheaper to book lodge trips in Iquitos than from outside. Not as convenient, and you have to be flexible, but you can save a bit.
Oh, and check my travelogue for some pictures of standard lodge activities.
Address: Along the Amazon
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