Dangers & Annoyances

Street touts and self-styled jungle guides tend to be aggressive, and many are both irritatingly insistent and dishonest. They are working for commissions, and usually for bog-standard establishments. It is best to make your own decisions by contacting hotels, lodges and tour companies directly. Exercise particular caution around Belén, which is very poor and where petty thieving is quite common. That said, violent crime is almost unknown in Iquitos.

Embassies & Consulates

If arriving from or departing for Brazil or Colombia, get your entry/exit stamp at the border.

Brazilian Consulate

Colombian Consulate

Oficina de Migraciónes

Emergency & Important Numbers

National police Most central police station.

Policía de Turismo

Internet Access

Places charge about S3 per hour; the wi-fi in hotels usually offers a better connection.

Cyber Lots of machines; serves beer; almost always open – why not?


Because everything must be ‘imported,’ costs are higher than in other cities.


Several banks provide an ATM, including BCP, which has secure ATMs.


Changing Money

Several banks change traveler’s checks and give advances on credit cards, including BCP. For changing US cash quickly, street moneychangers are located on Próspero between Lores and Brasil. Most are OK, but exercise caution changing money on the street: it's best to do this in a bank. For the Peru/Brazil/Colombia tri-border, the border towns have money changers anyway. Transfer money at Western Union.


Tourist Information

Various jungle guides and jungle lodges also give tourist information, obviously promoting their services, which is fine if you are looking for them but otherwise rarely helpful.

iPerú Airport branch.

iPerú On Napo.