Once you get your luggage and walk outside the airport, and even in the baggage terminal, you will be bombarded by taxi drivers and sales pitches to lodges, hotels and everything in between. Just be ready for it, they are very nice and helpful but persistent.
Unique Suggestions: It helps to have already a lodge or hotel booked prior to arriving. If your a tourist, you probably arrived in Iquitos to go to one of the remote jungles. (Check the tip about Jacamar Lodge on my page). If you pre-booked, there should be a representative waiting for you and would make the comotion actually enjoyable.
Fun Alternatives: Since our flight was first thing in the morning, we asked our guide to stop for breakfast. So we did and got this decent breakfast place.
If you take one of the many tourist trips to the jungle, you will surely be taken to one of these farms where they have "wild animals" and make a show for you. At the end they show you natural medicines made out of roots... to cure diseases, improve sexual power and so on. They are all fake, buy them if you want a special souvenir for someone, but don't see them as medicines...
If you really want to see jungle animals you have to go out of Iquitos at least 2-3 hours by canoe. Don't trust any guide offering you to see wildlife on a daytour or at the many lodges located downstream, north of Iquitos. All are fake, just a fre snakes and monkeys...
This poor liitle monkey got its mother killed when locals tried to get it to sell it. it was so nurvous it peed on its self. they wantedto sell it 4 5 bucks but we smartly said no. we did this because if we would have bought it they would have just have to kill more monkeys. also how would you bring it on the plane? it would die if u let it go wouldent it?
All right, sometimes people will offer to take you around the area by boat, to see Belen from the water, to see the merging of the rivers, or whatever. Stuff that's real close to the city. While fine and good, it really doesn't need to cost you $30 or $50 or $100. That's way too much. Yes, you get a private boat, but it's not all that wonderful, you can do the absolute same thing for much, much cheaper (and better).
Fun Alternatives: How? Well, the two places to pick up smaller boats to see things are down below Belen market at the water's edge, and at Nanay Market, where many lodge boats leave. From these two places, you can arrange stuff much cheaper (we're talking $1-5). You'll even get a canoe-type boat instead of a motorboat. The only thing is, you'll have to split up the trip. One small tour around Belen, and one boat from Nanay. But honestly, doing that way will get you a better view of things, and be more interesting.
Go down to the water in those places to ask about that, or if you don't speak Spanish, talk to the director of the Texas Rose, and he'll tell you what to do exactly.