Linked to the outside world by air and by river, Iquitos is the world’s largest city that cannot be reached by road. It’s a prosperous, vibrant jungle metropolis teeming with the usual, inexplicably addictive Amazonian anomalies. Unadulterated jungle encroaches beyond town in full view of the air-conditioned, elegant bars and restaurants that flank the riverside; motorized tricycles whiz manically through the streets yet locals mill around the central plazas eating ice cream like there is all the time in the world. Mud huts mingle with magnificent tiled mansions; tiny dugout canoes ply the water alongside colossal cruise ships. You may well arrive in Iquitos for the greater adventure of a boat trip down the Amazon but whether it’s sampling rainforest cuisine, checking out the buzzing nightlife or exploring one of Peru’s most fascinating markets in the floating shantytown of Belén, this thriving city will entice you to stay awhile. Because everything must be ‘imported,’ costs are higher than in other cities.
Best places to stay in Iquitos
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Iquitos destination guides
4-Day Amazon River Luxury Cruise from Iquitos on the 'Delfin I'
Embark on the journey of a lifetime and cruise deep into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon aboard the luxurious Delfin I. Your four-day all-inclusive Amazon River cruise is packed with comfort, relaxation and adventure.
Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Iquitos Airport to Hotels
To make the most of your Amazon vacation, be sure to book this round-trip airport transfer to and from your Iquitos hotel to save both time and money! Get to and from your hotel comfortably and with minimal fuss and stress. Skip those long airport taxi lines and head straight to your Iquitos hotel! You will be met at the airport and taken directly to your Iquitos hotel.