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Iquitos

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Capital of the Peruvian Amazon
The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures. Naturally, the unadulterated rainforest landscape just outside this city of 440,000 remains the top attraction in Iquitos. You can choose from a wide range of excursions, whether day trips from the city, or longer expeditions leading onward to other Amazonian settlements. Still, the city itself has plenty to offer: a diverse Iquitos itinerary can include architectural highlights, atmospheric eateries serving Amazonian culinary staples, and the bustling downtown area of bars, clubs, and cultural venues. In the build up to your vacation in Iquitos, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our Peru attractions planning app.
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Popular things to do in Iquitos

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Duration: 8 hours
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Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Amazon Rescue Center
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Zoo
Quistococha Zoo
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Iquitos

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Spa
Spas
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Specialty Museum
Museum of Historic Boats
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Bora Indians
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Rainforest Awareness Rescue Education Center
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Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Iquitos

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Iguana Lodge & Camp Santo Toribio
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Duration: 4 hours
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Water Body
Momon River Rio Momon
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Fossil Creek Wildlife Reserve Quebrada Oran
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Duration: 4 hours
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Landmark
Mirador de Nauta Nauta
3.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Nature in Iquitos

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Water Body
Amazon River
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Forest
Jairo Mejia Prado
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Wildlife in Iquitos

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Swim with Dolphins
Swim with Dolphins
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Duration: 4 hours
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.4
Duration: 3 hours

Parks in Iquitos

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La Isla De Los Monos
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Amazon Discovery
4.7
Duration: 8 hours
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Boat Tour
Yakumama Amazon Tours
4.6
Duration: 6 hours
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Walking tour
Reserva Nacional Allpahuayo-Mishana
4.5
Duration: 8 hours
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Amazon Golden Snake
4.0
Duration: 8 hours

Where to stay in Iquitos

The scenic, remote city of Iquitos has long been established as a route into the Amazon, so you'll find a good range of accommodations here. Most of the luxury options lie between Calle Samanez Ocampo and the river, with established colonial-era buildings housing some of the most characterful lodgings. Around the town's primarily residential areas, find simple guesthouses on modest-looking side streets, along with rental apartments ideal for longer stays. Scenic lodges and campgrounds on the edge of town give you the feeling of isolation and wilderness that so many come to the Amazon to find.
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