Iquitos Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
    by EstellaG
  • Things to Do
    by EstellaG

Iquitos Things to Do

  • Amazon jungle trip

    Hi, I´ve spent 11 days in the jungle with Gerson´s family/guides, doing camping and sleeping in their village. A very authentic experience I recommend and the price is reasonable. His family/guides (Kid and Olin) were very friendly and always flexible regarding the activities, asking your opinion about what you would like to do.I’ve swum in the...

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  • Deep Jungle Trip up the Tapiche River

    New in 2011. There is a new destination deep in the Amazon, 340km up river from Iquitos, Peru called Tapiche Ohara's Reserve. I went there in May 2011 and found it to be way off the beaten track in terms of typical jungle tour locations. It takes a day to get there from Iquitos. Requena is the last "town" along the way and the Reserve is yet...

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  • Jungletravel in iquitos for all kind of...

    Iquitos the city that lay on a island in the middl of the jungle. You can reach it by plain, 1.5 hour from Lima or by boat from Tarapoto or Pucalpa that taks 3 to 5 days.In the city you can arrange your own trip to the jungle or by internet. You can make a expencife trip to luxery lodges or you can make a basic trip and make adventure trekkings...

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  • Jungletravel around Iquitos

    Iquitos the city that lay on a island in the middl of the jungle. You can reach it by plain, 1.5 hour from Lima or by boat from Tarapoto or Pucalpa that taks 3 to 5 days.In the city you can arrange your own trip to the jungle or by internet. You can make a expencife trip to luxery lodges or you can make a basic trip and make adventure trekkings...

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  • Bird watching Birding Iquitos Guide

    I did do a day trip into the jungle outside Iquitos with Walter Soplin Culqui at wacho@lycos.com cell: 965303113 Walter speaks English quite well. We went on an Iquitos city bus on the road toward Nahua to the Alpahuayo National Reserve. Walter is a talented and enthusiastic birder. He can really point out birds and find them by their sounds which...

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  • One of the best jungle adventures

    If you are in Iquitos take the time to visit Padre Cocha and the Butterfly Farm. The amazon animal orphanage and Pilpintuwasi butterfly farm was an amazing experience for us. We had the tour by the founder, Gudrun Sperrer which just made a fascinating time for us. She told us how she has felt about the project over years and I admire her for all...

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Iquitos Hotels

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  • Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge

    Calle Pevas 246, 20 miles from Iquitos, Iquitos, Peru

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Amazon Apart Hotel

    Av. Aguirre 1151, Iquitos, 342, Peru

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • Victoria Regia

    Nice staff, good service, you can eat here or just on the other side of the street (se tip). Air...

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Iquitos Restaurants

  • Some italian flavor on Peru

    EVERYTHING.. the pizzas are all good... you can't miss the fruit jucies.. eat your pizza at the Iquitos way with some camu camu juice.

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  • Best Gator Ever

    I really liked this place-- good food, convenient location, helpful patrons, friendly service and booze. Apparently, it serves American food, but my eye went straight to the list of specials on the wall, where they list a plethora of yummy local foods, including fresh fish and even alligator.Although it's kinda *the* gringo bar, Iquitos is off the...

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  • Local and American food and advice

    Food is good and plentiful, except for the sandwiches which could do with a bit more meat on 'em.Gerald, the owner, knows all about the area. Yellow Rose Breakfast, don't be shy - if you can't finish it, that's o.k.

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Iquitos Nightlife

  • Real night "life"

    Ok, so there won't be any neon lights, and the bar selection is not as extensive as in Las Vegas, and the opposite sex selection is not so good too, but the nightlife in the Amazon is one of a kind!We went on our private boat in the middle of the night to tour the Amazon jungle looking for nocturnal animals. We didn't see our jaguar but we saw...

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  • Good Disco

    If you are looking for a disco in Iquitos, Noa Noa is a good place. It's about 2 blocks off the main plaza downtown. There's a small cover charge, but some of the hotels in town have passes for their guests. There are plenty of singles if you are trying to meet someone. I've always gone with a date, but it looks as if everyone else mingles easily....

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  • The Lounge

    I entered this bar on my way back to the hostel, as it was one of the few open then. But it happened to be a nice place for a drink and listen to music, with comfortable sofas a a cool atmosphere. I had a mojito and, though it was not specially crowded, had a nice time there.

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Iquitos Transportation

  • tricycle ride around the city

    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...

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  • tricycle ride around the city

    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...

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  • Airplane and City

    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,...

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Iquitos Shopping

  • Farmers Market

    The local Farmers Market/Goods Market is near the Amazon river docks. If you see the pink dolphin statue, you are near by. Its a network of about 7 different streets that sell home goods, clothing, tools, fuits, vegs., meats and anything in between. You can get some good tropical fruit at the fruit street then walk over to the meat street and be...

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  • Belen Market

    In the southern neighborhood of Belen there is daily and active and interesting market for food, clothes and basic stuff. Not many souvenirs here, but I found it a busy place to stare at locals in their daily life.

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  • Where to buy 'things' in Iquitos!

    After being at the zoo (se my tips about that), in the mosquito you will pass the Artisaneria Center (I am not 100% sure about the name). The driver will know. There are many things to buy att good prices. Textiles, wood carving, stones, leather etc.

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Iquitos Local Customs

  • Friendly children at river towns

    Whichever Amazon lodge you will be staying with, you will end up stoping at a one or a few of the many river villages near Iquitos for supplies or just some walking around.The villagers are very nice and friendly. But make sure you don't start walking around and start giving money and coins away to the children like some naive tourist. Though it...

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  • Kissing cheeks

    When I arrived in Peru, I was greeted with a hug and kiss on my cheek. At first I was a little surprised, but then I was told by the lady I was staying with, that it was the normal greeting in Peru. So when you go to Peru, be expecting a hug and a Kiss. That is how they say hello. :)

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  • Itaya

    The buitful itaya river. we went up the river almost excatly 60 miles of pure buity. we found a house and they took us on a hike. there dinner was a tree which the incide was like a celery taking tree. we used there grill and cooked up some chickan. wild pigs andbird came up and watched us eat.

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Iquitos Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't go to margaritaville restaurant

    In downtown Iquitos is an American owned from Texas restaurant that the owner allowed for a white patron of his to spew the word nigger several times in his presence and brandish a firearm to my wife in intimidation after I confronted the individual responsible. The waitresses are told to give me my check. How can an owner of a business condone a...

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  • Mosquitos

    The buzz of mosquitos at dawn in the jungle is a pretty scary thing, especially when you look up into the mosquito net and realize they are swarmed all above you in an uncountable mass. Despite coating myself in two types of DEET ridden repellant, I came home with 25 mosquito bites. Some things I learned: mosquitos are attracted to body heat, so...

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  • Pickpockets and petty crime

    I've been told by many that petty crime is the only problem in Iquitos. I am used to being very careful when traveling anywhere -- minimal cash stored in a zippered or sealable pocket in the front of my pants, no jewelry, and constantly aware of my surroundings -- and have never had a problem or felt threatened. I keep a tight grip on my camera or...

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Iquitos Tourist Traps

  • Swarmed by hotel and taxi callers

    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. It helps to have already a lodge or hotel booked prior to arriving. If your a tourist,...

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  • Natural medicines

    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...

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  • Animal watching

    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...

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Iquitos What to Pack

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    by Texas_Phil Updated Jun 14, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring lightweight, light-colored, quick-drying clothes. You will sweat and sweat and sweat in Iquitos. Taking 2-3 showers a day (or more) is normal, but keep in mind that everyone is the same so being sweaty is normal. I wouldn't even think about wearing jeans unless they are VERY lightweight.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Any extra Cipro to fight off intestinal bacteria might be helpful. I understand it is very chearp to purchase in Iquitos, though. It did the trick for me on one trip.

    Photo Equipment: Humidity is not a big problem in the city, but it did affect the operation of one of my lenses when in the jungle. A wide angle lens is essential in the city and in the jungle, but a macro lens can be quite useful when traveling down the river. A telephoto isn't as useful as you might think since the jungle is rather dense and seeing very far away isn't possible. They are most useful when shooting towards the shore from a boat. I prefer my 18-200 lens which covers about almost every situation.

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Iquitos Off The Beaten Path

  • Rio Napo Expedition

    I had a great time exploring the Amazon from Iquitos. Amit ,Eyal and yours truly organized from Iquitos an Independent Jungle Guide called Gerson to take us up the Rio Napo like the locals do it in a Peka Peka over 8 days.What an adventure spending all day going up the river heading to Equador.Sleeping on the beaches along the river exploring the...

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  • "Authentic" Amazon River Expedition

    While I was at a jungle camp called Amazon Wilderness Expeditions (AWE) (sign up across the street from the Yellow Rose of Texas) I met Octavio and Mi who were my guides for four days. I talked with Octavio about wanting to meet "authentic" Amazon people and he asked if I wanted to put together a small expedition to visit his ancestral family down...

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  • Pathfind your own way around the jungle

    Once we arrived at our Amazon lodge, we had litterally the whole surrounding jugle to ourselves and a guide to do whatever we liked.This is another advantage to this lodge. We had our own machettes hacking away a trail in the forest, canoeing in local hand dug canoes,... its limitless.

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Iquitos Favorites

  • yellow feber

    I would ask also another doctor for advise.My mother got yellow fever after months of traveling in Latin America. She went to a local hospital and recovered after several months.I think there are two stadiums. Only 20 to 30% of people who get yellow feber die. If you don't cover it can come to this second stadium which is a lot more dangerous.

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  • Pucallpa - Iquitos

    If you have some time to travel you could travel to Pucallpa by bus or airplane from Lima - and from there take the boat to Iquitos.I never did this myself..but I'm sure it's great. There is really nothing between this two cities..it's the amazon jungle!

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  • Iquitos

    Hi Tania!I can advise you to fly with LAN Peru from Lima directly to Iquitos. It's a very safe airlines and costs about 280 dollar round-trip. I wouldn't spend much time in Lima. It's really a noisy, hectic and also dangerous place. If you need to stay overnight I recommend you to search a Hotel in Miraflores - the richest district of Lima. For...

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