Located in North-eastern Peru, and accessible only by air or by river, Iquitos is rich in history and indigenous culture and is the starting point to explore the Amazon River and its network of tributaries.
Founded in 1864 as a naval and commercial port it reached its high point in architecture and wealth (for a very few people) during the Rubber Boom of 1879-1912. Iquitos then fell into decline until rainforest tourism became a driving force in the 1980's.
Many rainforest lodges in the area now allow you to explore the richness of the Amazon flora and fauna - towering trees and a vast variety of colorful flowers provide a stunning landscape for an incredible diversity of wildlife. Macaws, parrots, toucans and other spectacular birds (well over a thousand species) as well as over a dozen species of monkeys, tapirs, sloths, anteaters, caimans and colorful frogs are just a few. There are also two species of river dolphins, pink and grey, that are frequently seen at the confluence of rivers. And, of course, there are the piranha which are (falsely) known as being dangerous.
Iquitos provides access to several protected Reserves that are very popular such as the magnificent Pacaya Samiria National Reserve which encompasses over 8,000 square miles and the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve renowned for it large number of bird species.
With numerous lodges both upriver and downriver from Iquitos, varying from luxurious with air-conditioning to those with more rustic accommodations, there is sure to be one from which to start your exploration of the rainforest.
A week-long tour that takes you to 4 top rainforest lodges and the longest Canopy Walkway. Includes tour in the unique jungle city of Iquitos.
Ceiba Toprs Luxury jungle lodge on the Amazon River. Air-conditioned rooms, private baths with hot water, swimming pool, prime rainforest habitat and excursions to the Canopy Walkway.
From this unique lodge, you can explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, the largest protected natural area in Peru. BEST VALUE!
Located on the main Amazon River. Spacious and comfortable rooms with screened-in porch with hammock and chairs, private bath with hot-water showers, swimming pool. Great value.