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Iquitos (Peru)

Practical information about Iquitos

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • River
  • Festivals
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
90 minutes from Lima by plane
When to go
April to October, in the dry season
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Iquitos

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Welcome to the largest city in the world that cannot be reached by land! When you disembark at Iquitos, whether from a boat or a plane, you'll already feel as if you're in the jungle. An unforgettable Amazon rainforest adventure awaits you.

My suggestion:
Try out the various different modes of transport! Climb aboard one of the enormous wooden buses, which are unique to Iquitos. Take a tour round in an auto rickshaw. the city's primary form of transport. Or alternatively, catch a taxi boat to Belén market. 

When I personally visited Selva, the first thing that struck me as soon as I stepped out onto the mini runway at Iquitos Airport was the oppressive heat. Even though it had been freezing cold in Lima, it was a whole other climate that awaited me in the Peruvian Amazon. When organising your trip to Peru's Selva region, it's important to carefully choose the time of year you plan to go. Weather conditions are very different in the dry season than they are in the rainy season.

I greatly enjoyed spending time browsing the city's various markets when I was in Iquitos. The ones here are different than those found in other parts of the country. You'll be either repulsed or fascinated by what you find on the menu. It's entirely unlike what you're used to: grilled larva, tortoise, caiman, monkeys, etc. If you don't fancy trying such exotic delicacies as these, you must at least try the local fish. The Selva has its own unique regional cuisine, and apart from those few unusual items mentioned, I personally find it to be excellent. Of course, with all the rivers located so close by, it is largely made up of fish-based dishes.