What You Will See

The world's greatest river starts in one of the world's greatest countries: Peru.

Iquitos is one of the most unique cities in the world, encircled by rivers and rainforest. It is the largest city in the world inaccessible by land. 

The true treasures of this area lie in the surrounding Amazonian rainforest. As you explore the area via boat, and typically through staying at a jungle lodge, you get to experience the most biologically diverse area on the planet.

Whether you're fishing for piranhas, viewing river dolphins, spotting monkeys and sloths, or hiking through the jungle at night, the Iquitos area is always a favorite.

 

History

Iquitos was inhabited for thousands of years by Amerindians who were mostly nomadic hunter-gatherers. The river was (and is) life. 

Later, following independence, in the early 19th century, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and Colombia had overlapping claims to the North Western Amazon Basin. In 1851, Peru planned colonization project and peacefully settled its disputes with Brazil. Both countries agreed to this bilateral free navigation and friendly trade along the Amazon River.

 

 

 

Culture

Iquitos is known by the name, “City of love” throughout Peru. The charming and mysterious ambience of Iquitos makes a popular destination for locals and foreigners alike. The Plaza de Armas is the central hub of Iquitos. Many religious, cultural and holiday celebrations takes place in the plaza throughout the year. 

Nearby, at the riverwalk, you can enjoy a nice selection of restaurants, bars, artisan markets, and assorted street vendors.

Food in the Amazon is plentiful and diverse. Whether you want a rotisserie chicken accompanied by friend plantains, or a piece of friend paiche, Iquitos has a lot of options. In addition, you will rarely ever find a more diverse selection of fruits.

 

Geography

Located in the north-eastern part of Peru, it is the heart of the Amazon rainforest and the most biologically diverse area on planet Earth. Iquitos is surrounded by Amazon, Nanay and Itaya rivers. As it is situated on the left bank of Amazon River, it a major hub for trade and transport. 

The average rainfall at Iquitos port is 103 inches per year. March and April have slightly more rain, and in the month of July and August the rainfall is slightly less than average. The fluctuation of water level in the river is as must as 40 feet per year and is dependent on rainfall and snow melt on the east slopes of the Andes.