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Iquitos is Peru’s Amazonian port. From here, you can embark on your fascinating cruise through the dense Peruvian rainforest. Adventure Life offers a number of boats that navigate these waterways, and each one guarantees a unique and immersive jungle experience. Along the way, you'll have chances to kayak alongside pink river dolphins, fish for piranhas, and hike through the dense rainforest as you try to spot monkeys and birds soaring through the canopy above. In the town of Iquitos, you'll see how this unique city developed as a powerhouse in rubber production at the turn of the 20th century. The European style buildings are reminiscent of this long-gone period in the city's history. There are also nearby traditional markets that will excite you.

Iquitos, Peru, Amazon Cruises & Tours

Iquitos Travel Guide

Climate in Iquitos

July-December (Low Water)–
78-104ºF (26-40ºC)
  • Lower rivers
  • Less precipitation

January-June (High Water)–
73-86ºF (23-30ºC)
  • Higher Rivers
  • Cooler Temperatures
  • Expect intermittent daily showers, occasionally pretty heavy
When to visit Iquitos
Low Water Season
Better trail access
  • Better fishing & birding 
    ​opportunities
  • Fewer mosquitos
  • Great time to see the caiman crocodiles
High Water Season
  • Better river accessibility & navigation
  • More mosquitos
  • Good time to swim in blackwater creeks
 
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Highlights of Iquitos
Iquitos serves as the main port city for all of our Peruvian Amazon cruises, meaning that if you don't plan to arrive a day early or leave a day later, you might not have too much time to spend in the city itself before your cruise departs. If you are fortunate enough to spend some time in Iquitos, you will have opportunities to check out:
  • Manatee Rescue Center: Where you can learn about and witness conservation and care of young manatees.
  • Plaza de Armas: City square and park. 
  • Pacaya-Samiria National Park: You will find hundreds of colorful bird species, a number of small primates, and even the playful pink river dolphins.
  • Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures: To learn more about the native people who have learned to live off the forest, and their customs & traditions. 
  • Cathedral of Iquitos
  • Walking tours of the city: You will see the European-influenced design, which came here at the turn of the 19th century when the rubber boom made Iquitos an essential Peruvian port.
How to get to Iquitos
The best way to get to Iquitos is by flying in. In fact, this bustling former trade capital is so tucked into the jungle that it is the largest city in the world inaccessible by roads. 

There are flights that depart Lima every few hours from early in the morning through the evening.

DON'T take a boat. Although it is possible, it is not recommended. Since Iquitos is the departure point for our cruises, you will have plenty of time on the rivers anyway, without the added planning of how to get there.

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