Iquitos Transportation

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    Local buses

    by SirRichard Written Sep 18, 2005

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    A local bus

    Local buses are cheap and frequent, and a good way to move around... if you know where you are going! I just took one to go to Belen (a south quarter, about 15 minutes from Plaza de Armas). For moving around the center, there is really no need of buses, you can walking anywhere.
    Buses are open (no window glasses, as the weather is always mild). You enter through the front door, where there is a guy shouting the stops. If you know exactly where you are going you pay in advance (50 cts of sol). If not, just keep looking where you are going by, tell the guy to stop wherever you feel like and pay then.

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    Airport

    by SirRichard Written Sep 18, 2005

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    The arrival

    Iquitos has no rad access, so the best way to arrive here is flying from Lima. There are at least 2 companies doing this flight: LAN and TANS and there are several flights daily. The flight takes about 1'40h to get here and some flights make a stop in Pucalpa.
    From the airport there are taxis and motorbikes that can take you to the city (6 soles, 15 minutes). There are public buses too, but you have to walk out of the airport and stop them in the main road. The bus costs 1/2 sol, but I don't think is worth the effort, as you have to know exactly where to stop and that's hard if you don't speak spanish.

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    TANS airlines

    by SirRichard Written Sep 18, 2005

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    The plane

    I flied with TANS Lima-Iquitos because it was the cheapest. LAN is definetly a bettter company and schedules are more strict, and the on-board service is better, but TANS was OK after all. It took a little longer than LAN, as it stopped in Pucalpa on both ways, but I was not really in a hurry.
    BTW, I read in the newspapers that past august the plane of TANS doing this Lima-Iquitos crashed and many people died in the jungle, near Pucalpa, due to bad weather conditions... Could have been me... these things make you think, don't they?

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    Moto Taxis

    by SirRichard Written Sep 18, 2005

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    3 moto taxis

    As there are no roads leaving Iquitos (all is jungle around) there are very few cars here, just motorbikes and trucks. So most of the taxis here are motorbikes, though they have place for 2-3 people in the back. Is a funny way to discover the city, but remember to BARGAIN FIRST!

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    if you're not in a hurry

    by utttz Written Feb 4, 2003

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    slow floating

    the barge in the middle of the river is made with a couple af canoe loaded with palm leaves.
    they collect the leaves, load the canoes then slowly float down till iquitos where they sell the leaves, load the canoes on a ferry an go back to their village.
    a couple of days later, while going back to iquitos we met the same barge... a couple of hours for us, a couple of days for them.

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    Airplane and City

    by kzapanta Written Sep 18, 2006

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    Since there are no roads connecting Iquitos from the rest of the country, flying in is the only viable option. Early morning flights from Lima to Iquitos. Late afternoon flights out from Iquitos to Lima. Timing has to do with weather and the flight patterns of the vultures in Iquitos.

    Prepare your expectations, just because its an isolated CITY, don't think its small and primative. There are 4 million people living in the city, with buildings, shops, business and everything.

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    Lodge Transport

    by Austinsnow Written Oct 24, 2004

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    boats to the lodges

    Usually the boats lodges use are midsize (10 person or so) motorboats that are fairly fast, but can be very noisy. Bring earplugs. My lodge's transportation wasn't that enjoyable (and was only an hour away), but it was worth it for the relaxation I got there.

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    tricycle ride around the city

    by kzapanta Written Apr 16, 2007

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    typical Iquitos streets

    Iquitos is large well developed city. There are every kind of vehicle like a normal city which is a puzzle because its an isolated city. Modified motorcycles like the tut-tuts is the best way to move around the city to do a tour. Even with luggage you can fit 3 people in the tricycle because there is a rack on the back you can secure your luggage at.

    For longer trips like to airport to the Amazon river docks, a taxi would be more comfortable or if you booked an Amazon lodge, they will arrange for all the transportation.

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    The Launcha

    by Weny Updated Nov 6, 2004

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    Me on the Launcha

    Now this may hve been one the funniest things I've ever done. We took a launcha to Dolphin Corners from Iquitos. It's a big ship that gets filled up with people, goats, chickens, boxes, crates, and where do you sleep---in a hammock of course!

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    Catch the Mosquito

    by El_Sueco Updated Sep 8, 2002

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    The mosquitos in action.

    Iquitos has a tropic climate. For that reason you will like the open motorbices. They can take 2 persons. By the people they are called 'mosquitos' and is the best way for transportation in Iquistos. They are cheaper than the ordinary taxi. A few soles can get you around (I can't give you any actual prices).
    An ordinarie taxi you perhaps can have better use of when going to the airport, with all your luggage (but even the mosquitos can carry a travelsuit on their back side).

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    tricycle ride around the city

    by kzapanta Written Apr 16, 2007
    typical Iquitos streets

    Iquitos is large well developed city. There are every kind of vehicle like a normal city which is a puzzle because its an isolated city. Modified motorcycles like the tut-tuts is the best way to move around the city to do a tour. Even with luggage you can fit 3 people in the tricycle because there is a rack on the back you can secure your luggage at.

    For longer trips like to airport to the Amazon river docks, a taxi would be more comfortable or if you booked an Amazon lodge, they will arrange for all the transportation.

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    monkey with a frog

    by buddhafarm Updated Oct 14, 2002
    Back to your cage

    As I imagine, this frog is being "escorted" back to the serpetario. (Caution: please don't attempt to ride the monkey). Actually, this photo was taken in Quistacocha at the Zoo...nice beach, kinda sad state of caged animals...a nice day trip from Iquitos. 12soles from Plaza de Armas to Quistacocha.

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    Window with a view

    by SirRichard Written Sep 18, 2005

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    The Amazon

    If you arrive or leave during daylight, ask for a window seat in the plane. The views of the Amazon river from the air are wonderful!

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    Motar taxis!

    by towlie226 Written Nov 11, 2004

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    a carrage on a motorcycle

    You should go to the "san juan" maket instad of belen because there is more stuff there, it doesnt stink, and it is about as expensive.

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    local bus with orphan kids

    by towlie226 Written Nov 11, 2004

    We gave thiem cloths, they gave us a tour around the city. the were a group a kids who shoeshined for about 25 cents. that was there living, so that was their dinner.

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