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Iquitos Travel Guide


Originally founded in the 18th century as a Jesuit mission, Iquitos has the interesting title of the world’s largest city that cannot be reached by road! Only accessible by boat or plane, isolated Iquitos is the starting point for luxury Amazon river cruises and trips into the northern Amazon. The river cruises often visit the Pacaya-Samiria national reserve, which is the largest national park in the country, and home to an astonishing array of wildlife and plant life including pink dolphins, giant river turtles, Amazon manatees and giant Victoria regia waterlilies.

Remote and isolated Iquitos is the gateway to Peru's vast northern Amazon region. The thick jungle is home to an astounding amount of exotic creatures such as the prehistoric looking pink dolphins and Amazon manatees.

Best months to visit Iquitos

Iquitos and the northern Amazon region remains hot and humid all year round with a high amount of rain. There are only really two different seasons, the high water season from December to May and the low water season from June to November. Overall we recommend visiting between April and October which is also a good time to visit the rest of Peru.

Our hand-picked accommodation in Iquitos

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Although the better lodges are located around Puerto Maldonado in the southern Amazon, Iquitos is the main starting point for a couple of excellent luxury cruises. Below are our top picks.

Best reasons to visit Iquitos

Covering a vast area, the northern part of the Peruvian Amazon is best explored by boat. Here are our top experiences and highlights of the area.

Experience the Amazon in style on a luxury cruise

Visit the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

See the primordial pink dolphins

Visit an indigenous tribe and learn about their way of life

Go fishing for prianha

Weather Averages for Iquitos

Other destinations in Peru

Further explore our essential guides to Peru’s variety of destinations using the links below.

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