Top things to do in Iquitos

Top Choice Market in Iquitos

Belén Mercado

At the southeast end of town is the floating shantytown of Belén, consisting of scores of huts, built on rafts, which rise and fall with the river. During the low-water months, these rafts sit on the river mud, but …
Top Choice International in Iquitos

Le Bateau Ivre

This is laid out with TLC by the Belgian owner with a New York–style breakfast bar (OK, Amazon version thereof) and upper-level mezzanine seating looking down on the main eating area. The cuisine refuses to be pigeo…
Top Choice Market in Iquitos

Belén Mercado

There are great eats at Iquitos’ markets, particularly the Belén mercado where a menú, including jugo especial (jungle juice) costs S5. Look out for specialties including meaty Amazon worms, ishpa (simmered sabalo f…
Top Choice Museum in Iquitos

Historical Ships Museum

Moored below Plaza Castilla is the diverting Historical Ships Museum, on a 1906 Amazon riverboat, the gorgeously restored three-deck Ayapua. The exhibitions reflect the Amazon River's hodgepodge past: explorers, tri…
Top Choice International in Iquitos

Dawn on the Amazon Cafe

This traveler magnet on the Malecón, with its tempting row of street-front tables, sports a menu divided up into North American, Peruvian, Spanish and Chinese. Travel wherever your taste buds desire but bear in mind…
Traditional Music in Iquitos

San Juan

This is the big annual debauch, a festival that has grown around the saint’s day of San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist) on June 24 (the main party day). It’s celebrated in most Amazon towns but Iquitos honors th…
Cafe in Iquitos

Espresso Cafe-Bar

Elegant rubber boom-style refurbishments are all the rage in Iquitos and this 2nd-floor people-watching spot has nailed the vibe. Airy, high-ceilinged and stylishly furnished, the service here is also gracious. Cue,…
Fusion in Iquitos

Al Frio y al Fuego

Take a boat out to this floating foodie paradise in the middle of the mouth of the Río Itaya to sample some of the city’s best food. The emphasis is on river fish (such as the delectable doncella), but the parrillas…
Viewpoint in Iquitos

Malecón

The sight of Iquitos' sophisticated riverside walkway, edged by swanky bars and restaurants and yet cut off from the rest of the world by hundreds of kilometers of jungle river, is as spectacular as it is surreal. T…
Cafe in Iquitos

Karma Cafe

This chilled atmospheric place does a little bit of everything and does it well: Thai, Greek, Indian, vegetarian, Peruvian, cocktails. It offers a 'make your own' breakfast, a popular happy hour, displays local art …