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Travel and tours in Iquitos Peru

Welcome to Iquitos
The city of Iquitos, the capital of Loreto, is the main port city on the Amazon River and the largest city in the Peruvian jungle.

Jaguar at the sanctuary Iquitos
Jaguar at the sanctuary Iquitos
Different indigenous people groups like the Cocama, Huitoto, and Bora first inhabited the area.

Then came the Jesuit missionaries who founded the city. At the end of the nineteenth century was when Iquitos experienced its greatest economic glory due to the rubber industry.

The economic bonanza meant that luxurious buildings like the art noveau Palace Hotel and the Iron House, designed by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel, were constructed there.

In contrast to these buildings, you find the homes in the Belen neighborhood that are constructed on top of rafts and pylons to protect them from the flooding of the river. One of the best attractions in Loreto is navigating on the rivers and lakes and enjoying the beautiful beaches.

The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve (2,080,000 hectares), the largest reserve in Peru, is located 183 kilometers from the city and is home to numerous plant and animal species, many of them in danger of extinction like the charapa river turtle, the giant river otter, the black caiman, and the river dolphin.

A sloth bear in Iquitos
A sloth bear in Iquitos
Likewise, the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve (58,000 hectares) protects the largest concentration of white sand forests, or varillales as they are known in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. This happens to be one of the best areas to go for bird-watching. //In addition to these national reserves, there are also numerous private reserves, which have been created to satisfy all tastes.

Iquitos is a romantic and seductive city with a rustic charm and unique culture reflecting an intriguing history.

Iquitos is located 4 degrees south of the equator, the ethnic character is drawn from many indigenous tribes and European and Chinese immigrants who began to populate the area in the mid-1800's.

You will enjoy free time to explore Iquitos in the company of a guide. You can shop for a wide range of local craft and art along the riverwalk boulevard or at the San Juan Art Center, take a motokar tour of the city, or visit the Belén market.

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Amazon craft ranges from jungle necklaces and bracelets to elegant but functional decorative blowguns and bows and arrows.

Fine carvings and furnishings made from palo sangre (blood wood) and fired ceramic pottery can be found at good prices.

Butterflies in Iquitos
The best way to experience the most picturesque area in Iquitos, the Barrio de Belen, is from a boat during the high water season. The houses are built on balsa rafts and float up and down as the water level changes. The floating houses are laid out in streets of water.

This area is known as the Venice of the Amazon. Everyone has a canoe or llevo-llevo with a peque-peque motor. We like to cruise through slow and easy watching life being lived in a different way. One of my boats was built here so I know the neighborhood very well. This is one of the most interesting places I have ever been and I think you would love it to.

Tourism from Iquitos

Close to Iquitos are located numerous lodgings that have elaborated an excellent plan of activities in the jungle. You also can find lodgings a little far away from the city. These lodgings are usually located in the bank of a river and they have bungalows and cottages that have all the comforts, and others of more restricted services. Some of these places have investigation laboratories, orchid nurseries and special places for the observation.

About Iquitos Peru

Iquitos City
Iquitos city

Altitude of Iquitos

Capital: Iquitos (104 masl / 341 fasl).
Lowest point: 70 masl / 230 fasl (Amelia).
Highest point: 220 masl / 722 fasl (Balsapuerto).

Climante in Iquitos

The weather in Iquitos is hot and rainy all year long. The average annual maximum temperature is 31ºC (88ºF) and the minimum is 21ºC (70ºF). The dry season (July – November) and the flood season (December – July) feature particular differences in the plant and animal life as well as in the climate.

Access routes

Iquitos by land: There is no overland access to Iquitos.
Iquitos by air: Regular flights to Iquitos from Lima (1 hour and 30 minutes), Tarapoto (50 minutes) and Pucallpa (1 hour). Sporadic flights to Iquitos from Yurimaguas (40 minutes) and Leticia, Colombia (1 hour).
By river: It is possible to travel from Pucallpa (Puerto La Hoyada, 2,5 km / 1,5 miles from the city) to Iquitos by boat via the Ucayali River with stops at Requena and Contamana in a chartered boat, small but fast, built for 10 to 15 people, hired as a private service. The trip lasts 1 to 2 days, depending on the level of the river. If you elect to travel by "motonave", a larger boat with room for 250 people, the trip then takes longer, 4 to 5 days, depending on the river current.

Distances in Iquitos

Yurimaguas (Province of Alto Amazonas) 388 km (241 miles) / 4 days by boat.
Nauta (Province of Loreto) 115 km (71 miles) / 2 hours by bus or 14 hours by boat.
Caballococha (Province of Mariscal Ramón Castilla) 311 km (193 miles) / 2 days by boat.
Requena (Province of Requena) 157 km (98 miles) / 19 hours by boat.
Contamana (Province of Ucayali) 431 km (268 miles) / 3 days by boat.

There is no other city in Perú quite like Iquitos which is evidenced by the many peruvian tourists who visit Iquitos and the surrounding rainforest each year. Iquitos travel guide to visit Iquitos and Amazon river and Jungle.