Iquitos and the Amazon

Iquitos and the Amazon

This is your gateway to the Amazonian rainforest, with its jaguars, giant otters and pink dolphins and immense wealth of flora and wildlife.

This is the largest city in the world that can’t be accessed by road. It’s a busy place, with interesting and diverse architecture and lots of restaurants and bars, and it’s the place to board the five-star cruise boats that take you into the heart of the rainforest.

Reasons to visit Iquitos and the Amazon

  • Prepare to have your jaw drop at the spectacle that is the ‘Mirrored Forest’, the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. Its five million acres – the reserve is twice the size of Yellowstone Park – are where the pink Amazon dolphin, three-toed sloth, black caiman, yellow spotted Amazon river turtle and elusive Jaguar live, and a myriad stunningly-coloured birds and butterflies fill the air around you
  • Take a trip of a lifetime along the Amazon, sleeping on a luxurious cruise boat and making the most of those incredible views from your cabin. Get closer to the rainforest with motorboat excursions or guided walks.
  • Before (or after) your time in the rainforest, take time to admire the rubber baron mansions, the Gustav Eiffel-designed Casa de Fierro (Iron House) and the Iglesia de San Juan Bautista church, and visit the Historical Ships Museum and the Iquitos Museum of Indigenous Amazon Cultures.
  • Have a taste of jungle food in the market beside the floating shantytown Belén and see if delicacies such as fried leafcutter ants appeal.

Places to Stay

Iquitos is the gateway to the Amazonian rainforest with a host of different types and levels of accommodation, so there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.