The world’s largest city that can't be reached by road is a colourful, fascinating place of contrasts from sophisticated bars, five-star cruise boats and impressive 'rubber baron' mansions to a floating shantytown, tiny three-wheel motorcycle taxis and dugout canoes.
Its prime appeal, of course, is that it is the starting point for any voyage to see the unrivalled wealth and diversity of wildlife of the Amazonian rainforest, including pink dolphins, giant otters, jaguars, tapirs, more than 1000 species of birds, 1200 species of butterflies and no less than 15,000 different flowering plants.
Reasons to visit Iquitos include:
This area is always humid, and there is rain all year round. There is a 'dry’ season, from May to October, but it still rains! It is a little cooler from November to April, and more waterways become navigable as the water levels rise. The Amazon is at its highest point in May and at its lowest in October. For more information about when to travel in Peru, see our When to visit Peru page.
Iquitos is only accessible by air or boat. There are direct flights from Lima.
Aria Amazon is a luxury Amazon cruise boat with superb accommodation and service, offering the chance to explore this mighty river and its wildlife in great style.
A luxury all-suite Amazon cruise vessel offering high levels of comfort and service and an expert naturalist guide.
Delfin II is a 14-suite cruise boat with stylish interiors and lots of social areas, plus 3 naturalist guides to help you explore the Amazon
Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.
Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.
Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.