Visit Iquitos, Peru
The starting point for wildlife trips into the northern part of the Peruvian jungle, Iquitos itself is worth a look as it is the epitome of a steamy Amazon city.
Hemmed in by lakes, rivers and green forest on all sides, the only way in or out is by boat or plane, so once you are here the Amazon is very accessible.
This part of the rainforest is home to some ancient Amazonian tribes as well as an immense variety of wildlife, including the mysterious river dolphin, which glide in and out of the small backwater creeks.
Amazon river cruises
A fine way to savour the rainforest is to take a cruise on one of the elegant river boats that depart from Iquitos.
Your days will be spent meandering along the mighty Ucayali, Marañon and Huallaga Rivers and their tributaries, and exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve with its rich array of flora and fauna with your guides.
Suggested Iquitos itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Iquitos, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Iquitos
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Photos of Iquitos
Accommodation choices for Iquitos
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Iquitos. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
The MV Aria is the newest addition to cruise vessels operating out of Iquitos.
The most exclusive vessel operating the waters of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve in Peru, the Delfin offers just four luxurious, spacious cabins, excellent on-board facilities and opportunities to spot wildlife and meet local indigenous communities.
The Delfin II offers a wonderful Amazon experience. The four and five day itineraries start and finish at the frontier town of Nauta (one and a half hours by road from Iquitos) meaning that you spend the full compliment of time in the reserve and not sailing to reach your destination.