Best hotels and hostels in Amazon Basin

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Iquitos

    Boulevard 251 Riverside Apartments

    We'll tell it to you straight: there is no better place to stay in Iquitos, either for the exceptional location, high above the banks of the river, or for the chic environs that those who check in enjoy here. There are three categories of accommodations, but we recommend the riverside apartments, on the upper floors gazing out at the river. The spaces are light and sleek (some apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows) and there is an outside upper terrace with a barbecue. Apartments come with very well-equipped kitchenettes, which make completely shutting yourself off from the city's hectic goings-on a tempting possibility.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Puerto Maldonado

    Anaconda Lodge

    The most original airport hotel in South America? Cocooned in its own tropical garden on the edge of town, and with its own Thai restaurant, too, this lodge has a more remote feel than its location would suggest. There are eight double-room bungalows with shared bathroom and four luxury bungalows with private facilities; all are mosquito netted. There’s also camping space (per person S20), a small pool and a spacious two-floor restaurant-bar serving sensational Thai food and pancake breakfasts (it is one of only three Thai restaurants in all Peru!). And we luuurve the honeymoon suite – erotic furniture with an oriental theme! These guys also organize kayak trips.

  • Lodging in Iquitos

    Explorama Lodges Office

    This is a well-established and recommended company that owns and operates several lodges in the northern Amazon, including Explorama, Ceiba Tops and ExplorNapo. All can be booked through the lodge office here. Explorama are an involved supporter of the Amazon Conservatory of Tropical Studies (ACTS). ACTS has a lab by the Explorama's famed canopy walkway, which is suspended 35m above the forest floor to give visitors a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy and its wildlife, and is a major highlight of any trip to the northern Peruvian Amazon. It is possible to arrange a trip to visit one or more lodges (each of which is very different) combined with a visit to the walkway. Contact Explorama for other options, combinations and discounts. Explorama has some of the best fast boats around and well-trained, friendly and knowledgeable local guides who speak English (other languages on request).

  • Lodging in Iquitos

    La Casa Fitzcarraldo

    Sequestered within a serene walled garden 3km north of the city, this is most interesting accommodation. The house takes its title from Werner Herzog’s film − Herzog and co stayed here during the filming of Fitzcarraldo. Stay in the mahogany-floored blue room, the luxuriantly green Klaus Kinski suite (with its beautiful butterfly picture) or five other individually designed rooms. There is a tree house (with wi-fi!), a lovely swimming pool (nonresidents S10) and a huge breakfast included in the price, as well as a bar-restaurant, mini-cinema and several four-legged residents to check out. Unique stills from the filming of Fitzcarraldo line the walls of the public areas. The place is a S3 mototaxi ride from the center; airport pickup is included in room prices, however.

  • Lodging in Iquitos

    Hotel La Época

    At the apex of the colonial boutique sector of Iquitos' many luxury sleeps, Hotel La Época is great value for all that guests get. There are the high ceilings, lofty rooms, beautiful tile work and art nouveau flourishes that are the rubber boom era's raison d'être, plus minibars and cable TV in the bedrooms, and a lovely 2nd-floor restaurant. In places, with its photographs depicting turn-of-the-century Iquitos, La Época resembles as much a museum as a hotel. Find it on Ramirez Hurtado, which at this point is still known as the Malecón Tarapaca.

  • Lodging in Iquitos

    Casa Morey

    This former mansion of the rubber baron Luis F Morey dates from 1910 and has been renovated to its former elegance, with 14 extravagantly large suites, plenty of original azulejos (handmade tiles imported from Portugal), voluminous bathrooms with baths, river views, a courtyard with a small pool and a library with a stupendous collection of Amazon-related literature. The grandiose dining area makes for charming breakfast environs (though the tiling here isn’t original).

  • Lodging in Puerto Maldonado

    Huarayo Lodge Office

    Lodge office for Huarayo Lodge on Lago Valencia, with tours to the lodge and to surrounding activities often organized under the names Huarayo Expeditions or Huarayo Tours.

  • Lodging in Iquitos

    Tahuayo Lodge Office

    Lodge office for Tahuayo Lodge, 140km from Iquitos, with immediate access to the 2500-sq-km Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve.

  • Lodging in Iquitos

    Hotel Victoria Regia

    A blast of icy, air-conditioned air welcomes guests to this comfortable hostelry. It has excellent beds and sizable rooms that include fancy reading lights and minibars, plus hair dryers and baths in the bathrooms. One of the suites has a spa. The indoor pool and fine restaurant-bar attract upscale guests and business people. The reality, though, is that this is not significantly better than several city hotels that charge S100 or more less. Various promotions can reduce the quoted rates by almost half, however: check the website for offers.

  • Lodging in Puerto Maldonado

    Wasai Lodge

    This lodge is a striking complex of comfortable wooden bungalows overlooking the Río Madre de Dios (and its flash bridge!). Higher tariffs are for air-con. Minibars, hot showers, cable TV and river views, however, are standard. Room lighting is pretty abysmal: consider bringing a flashlight! There is a good ground floor restaurant, room service, a bar and a pool. The lodge arranges various trips on the region's rivers – usually involving a stay at its well-regarded Wasai Alto Tambopata Lodge.

  • Lodging in Iquitos

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Iquitos

    With a prime plaza location, this modern hotel is the town’s priciest (undoubtedly) and best (hmm… possibly), now switched to become part of the Hilton group. Over 60 well-equipped rooms (some with plaza views, others overlooking the pool), a spa, sauna, gym, nice lower-ground floor restaurant, several suites, 24-hour room service, two bars and attentive staff make this hotel top-notch. Rates for rooms are often discounted when the hotel is not busy: check the website for offers.

  • Lodging in Iquitos

    Casa Celestial

    This bright new hostel-cum-guesthouse has a dorm room and three comfortable private rooms (two of which have private bathrooms). The guys in charge have cut their teeth working in various Latin American hostels and it shows: traveler-friendly service, wickedly strong coffee at the complimentary breakfast and (if you're lucky) even stronger pisco sours are the hallmarks of this three-floor place. There is a yoga studio up top, and plans are afoot for a cafe, too.

  • Lodging in Iquitos

    La Casa Chacruna

    Hard to believe, but across the way from Iquitos' most expensive hotel, you could save a sweet 400 nuevos soles and stay in a place with the same plaza views. A constant supply of good coffee is available in the common room. Clean and friendly, but a tad cramped and prone to suffer from plaza noise. This place fills a niche between the hostels and the hotels, and fills it attractively.

  • Lodging in Iquitos

    Cumaceba Lodges Office

    This company has been in business since 1995 and operates two lower-end lodges, Cumaceba Amazon Lodge and Cumaceba Botanical Garden. Guides speak English, French and even Japanese. The lodges are all aimed at providing budget travelers with an Amazon experience.

  • Lodging in Puerto Maldonado

    Wasai Hostel

    It's quite expensive as hostels go, but it's quite nice, too, with a prime central location with the benefit of the on-site pool and tour agency offering jungle tours, as well as the lovely El Faro restaurant. Breakfast is included with the rooms but not with the dorms.

  • Lodging in Puerto Maldonado

    Paititi Hostal

    A relatively flash, central place, the Paititi has a series of spacious, airy rooms, many full of attractive old wooden furniture, along with telephones and cable TV. A continental breakfast is included, and there’s even hot water at night − very un-Amazon. Higher tariffs are for air-con.

  • Lodging in Iquitos

    Hospedaje Golondrinas

    Quickly growing in clout as a backpacker hangout because of a combination of reasonable prices and well-maintained rooms, Hospedaje Golondrinas manages to throw in a pool and offer great budget jungle tours out to its lodge, Jungle Wolf.