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Top Choice Area in Iquitos

Belén

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 and a…
Top Choice International in Iquitos

Amazon Bistro

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 pidge…
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 new Historical Ships Museum, on a 1906 Amazon riverboat, the gorgeously restored three-deck Ayapua. The exhibitions reflect the Amazon River's hodgepodge past: explorers,…
Top Choice 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…
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…
Peruvian in Iquitos

Gran Maloca

Enter the bygone world of the rubber-boom glory days at this atmospheric Amazonian restaurant. Expect silk tablecloths, wall-length mirrors and imaginative regional delicacies such as chupín de pollo (a tasty soup o…
in Iquitos

Taberna del Cauchero

This place pays homage to the city’s rubber-boom days with intriguing memorabilia on the walls. The only Cordon Bleu chef in Iquitos serves up innovative modern takes on Amazon cuisine (such as river langostinos wit…
American in Iquitos

Ari’s Burger

On the corner of the Plaza de Armas, this clean, chirpy and brightly lit joint is known locally as gringolandia (gringo land).Two walls are open to the street, allowing great plaza- and people-watching. It’s almost …
International in Iquitos

Dawn on the Amazon Café

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 (logically) Chinese. Travel wherever your taste buds desire but …