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Getting around

The ubiquitous motocarros cost less than a taxi and are fun to ride, though they don’t provide much protection in an accident. Most rides around Iquitos cost a standard US$0.70.

Taxis are relatively few and are pricier than in other Peruvian cities. Squadrons of busy motocarros more than make up for the lack of taxis. Always enter motocarros from the sidewalk side – passing traffic pays scant heed to embarking passengers – and keep your limbs inside the motocarro at all times. Scrapes and fender-bending can happen with alarming frequency.

Buses and trucks for several nearby destinations, including the airport, leave from the Plaza 28 de Julio. They are marked Nanay-Belén-Aeropuerto.

A paved road now extends through the jungle as far as Nauta on the Río Marañón, just beyond its confluence with the Río Ucayali. Riverboat passengers from Yurimaguas can now alight at Nauta and pick up a local bus to Iquitos, thus making the journey shorter by some six hours. Boats from Pucallpa do not stop at Nauta.

JB Moto-Rental (Yavari 702; per hr US$2.50) rents motorcycles.