PERU TRAVEL PLANNER
The city of Iquitos is in the jungle north to east. It is the
capital of Loreto Region, with almost 30% of the country is the largest and
northernmost Peru. The city lies along a secondary arm of the Amazon River in
front of a large permanent white called Padre Island, wooded and almost twenty
miles in length. The city is surrounded by a number of smaller rivers and
Within walking distance is the confluence of the great river Napo with the
Amazon. In this world river, communications depend as much or more of the
navigation of inland, almost nonexistent outside the city of Iquitos.
In Iquitos there is a newly opened zoo and some interesting buildings, the
product of the rubber boom of the last century, as the old houses of mosaics in
front of the seawall, and the first prefabricated house in America: the Iron
House, designed and built by Gustave Eiffel and brought from Europe by parts
(nuts and bolts included) and assembled at the place which is in the center of
To see wildlife such as caiman, monkeys and macaws, you really need to travel
well beyond an 80km radius from Iquitos and preferably off the main waterways.
Some animals such as pink dolphins are found only in some of the more remote
tributaries of the upper Amazon.
Location: south east of Peru
Longitude: 03°43′46″S 73°14′18″O
Population: Iquitos has a population of 300,000 inhabitants
Extension: The city of Iquitos has a land area of 368,9 km² (142,4 mi²),
Altitude: 106 meters above sea level
Iquitos, being near the equator, the city of Iquitos has a tropical rainy
climate, with temperatures ranging from 20 º C (68 º F) to 36 º C (97 º F). The
annual average temperature is 28 º C.
The dry season in Iquitos offers a very different climate, July and August still
see some periods of heavy rain, despite being the driest months.
However, strong sunshine and fine weather is never usually too far behind and
quick to dry things up.
Getting To Iquitos
For the traveler wanting to experience the rainforest there are really only
3 possibilities: take a river cruise, visit a lodge or organize a trip with an
Iquitos has and International Airport Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta
(IATA: IQT, ICAO: SPQT) is located in the Loreto Region, Province and District
Maynas Iquitos to 6.0 km from the city.
There are frequent flights from other cities in Peru, often cities of northern
Peru as there are flights from the capital city of Lima Peru.
Flights Lima - Iquitos and vice versa, have daily departures via LAN Airlines
and Star Peru and Peruvian Airlines lasting approximately an hour and a half.
Important, it is recommended reservations made well reconfirm departure times
and arrival of aircraft.
LAN Airlines (LA)
Lima – Iquitos – Lima
Flights frequency :Every day departs 5 daily flights
From Lima to Iquitos flights departs Since 5:30 am to 7:20 p.m.
From Iquitos to Lima flights departs since 8:15 a.m. to 9:40 p.m.
The flights take 1 hour 45 minutes
Peruvian Airlines (P9)
Lima – Iquitos – Lima
Flights frequency: Every day departs 2 daily flights
From Lima to Iquitos flights departs since 6:20 am to 5:30 p.m.
From Iquitos to Lima flights departs since 8:30 a.m. to 7:40 p.m.
The flights take 1 hour 40 minutes
Star Peru Airlines (2I)
Lima – Iquitos – Lima
Flights frequency : Every day departs 2 daily flights
From Lima to Iquitos flights departs since 7:20 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
From Iquitos to Lima flights departs since 10:20 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The flights take 2 hour 30 minutes
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Due to its degree of isolation by geography of the Amazon, Iquitos has no
roads or road network and ensures the land transport, making it possible to
access only by air or river.
By river will reach the city of Iquitos, from many domestic and foreign
The main river ports where boats leave to the city of Iquitos are Pucallpa
(Ucayali), Yurimaguas (Huallaga river) and Santa Rosa, where you can access
Marañon River connecting the city of Iquitos to Tarapoto via Yurimaguas, the
Napo and Putumayo connect it to Ecuador.
The main port in Iquitos is Puerto Masusa, from where large passenger boats
leave. Take a mototaxi from the centre.
Large boats are slow, taking passengers and cargo. They provide you with a space
to sling a hammock and basic food (but not water) for the journey. Most boats
also have bunks in cabins available for a few dollars more, although these are
not necessarily any more comfortable. Boats get very full and travel slowly, and
the journey should only be undertaken by anyone looking for an adventure and not
afraid of discomfort.
It is possible to buy drinks and food when the boat stops at small ports,
although this can be infrequent. Watch your belongings carefully on the boat, as
there is nowhere to leave them safely. Tie up rucksacks in your hammock during
the day, and bring a padlock to keep bags closed.
To buy a ticket, just turn up at the port and find a boat leaving for your
destination. All paperwork is handled directly by the captain. Boats tend to
leave around 4pm and it is possible to buy a ticket right up until the boat
leaves, although bunks fill up long before, and by 4pm there is very little room
to hang a hammock.
Speedboats are available to the border with Brazil and Colombia only, and the
journey is much quicker and more comfortable this way, although it is also much
There are also luxury cruise services to some destinations.
MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTION
Iquitos has many tourist attractions, with a warming weather, beautiful scenery,
and a variety of flora and fauna, Iquitos is one of the best choices for
vacations. Here is the list of the most visited tourist places.
The Iron House
Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Port of Belén
Caserío Santo Tomás
More information main tourist
TOURS IN IQUITOS
There are tours in Iquitos that include the visit to native communities.
Many of these trips consist of a dance and music show specifically for tourists.
It is possible Wildlife seen will vary from one tour to another, but most will
include pink and grey river dolphins, both of which can usually be seen on the
river. Piranha fishing is also included on most tours. Many tours also include
the chance to see the giant Victoria Regia Lilies.
There are several options if wishing to visit the jungle around Iquitos.
Visiting a jungle lodge gives a relatively comfortable way to see the jungle,
although this obviously limits areas that can be visited to those near the
lodge. Some lodge operators own several lodges, which means that they are able
to offer days at different lodges, allowing you to visit different areas while
staying in the comfort of a lodge. Another good option for traveling around is
to take a cruise in a luxury boat. These move around, meaning that you are in a
different location every day, and some of the boats are very comfortable.
Link Tours Iquitos
IQUITOS TIPS – USEFULL INFORMATION
- Find a tour operator specialized in expeditions in the jungle
- It is important advice your operator if you have any limitation, for example,
if you are vegetarian, allergic to any foods, etc.
- bringing good binoculars.
- Bring shirts long and short sleeves.
- Use insect repellent to prevent bites.
- Follow the instructions of the staff in charge.
- Bring pants, shorts, hat, rubber and trekking boots. Also a pair of sandals.
- Due to jungle tours is recommended to wear light clothing that can get dirty
- Check the sheets, blankets, clothing and shoes before use, in case a dangerous
animal is hidden in them.
- Keep personal belongings in high places
Health and Hygiene
- Moisturize and protect yourself from the sun.
- Drink only potable water.
- Get information about the danger of water before bathing in rivers.
YELLOW FEVER VACCINE
It is recommended for people traveling to the jungles of Peru, the yellow
fever vaccine. Get vaccinated at least 10 days before arrival in the jungle. We
need to bring your yellow vaccination certificate while in the Peruvian jungle
- International call: 00 + Peru Code (51) + City Code (P. Maldonado: 84,
Iquitos: 65) + Phone Number
- National call: 0 + City Code + Phone Number
- Use boots or sneakers during long walks.
- Drink plenty of fluids during their excursions in the jungle.
- Maintain a set of dry clothes in the lodge.
WHAT TO BRING
-Insect repellent with 35% DEET and sunscreen.
- Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- Rain wear.
- Flashlights, batteries and bulbs.
- Personal hygiene items and medicines.
- We recommend having just one piece of luggage and limit its weight to 15 kg.
In most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies by location. To
avoid problems, we recommend that you always drink bottled water.
Cooking is simple, colorful and exotic with unexpected flavors; most ingredients
are only available in the region. The most representative dishes are the
Patarashca, turtle soup, made with turtle meat and served in its own shell;
Juanes, Tachacho, Muchangue, Timbuche or Chilcano. Among typical drinks of the
region are Masato, Cocona juice, Aguajina juice, juice pihuayo, Chapo, Seven
Festivities in Iquitos
- Carnival. February to March. Is celebrated with much happiness, water,
gifts, fruits drinks and typical
- Iquitos Tourism Week. From June 21 to 27. One of the most anticipated holiday
by the local people, there are activities like sporting, folklore, crafts, food
fairs, among other competitions. The central day is on Junes 24, which
celebrates the traditional Festival of San Juan.
- Santa Clara. From 8 to 10 August. Religious festival honoring the patron saint
of the village of Santa Clara, located about 15 km from the city of Iquitos. The
Virgin is carried in procession to the river to bless the waters.
- La Purisima. From 5 to 8 December. Religious festival in the town of Punchana,
in honor of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception.
Famous because it is a touristic destination and also because of its
nightlife, you will find several bars and nightclubs where you can go to talk,
drink and dance. Residents and tourists get ready to go for fun and to enjoy the
night with the rhythm of typical and modern music and also to test drinks
typical of the region.
Noa Iquitos Disco
Address: Calle Fitzcarrald N° 298 Iquitos – Perú.
Berimbau Disco Pub
Address: Calle Putumayo Cdra. 4, Iquitos – Perú
Address: S. Ocampo 102 – Iquitos
Caminito Disco Pub Bar
Address: Calle Napo 172 – Iquitos
Iquitos has many tourist restaurants, with typical food, Peruvian food and
international food. More Information