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Peru Iquitos market

Famous for being accessible only by air or boat, Iquitos lies in Peru's distant north-eastern Amazon with a distinct frontier vibe to match.

The city itself is a lot of fun to explore, particularly the jungle markets, the lively riverfront boulevard and ramshackle stilted neighbourhoods. But its main draw is as the departure point for trips to remote jungle lodges and luxurious river cruises on the mighty Amazon River.

Iquitos became an important jungle settlement in the late 1800s, when the rubber boom brought Europeans to this part of Peru. The rubber boom days have long since ended, but people from across the world still come to Iquitos to explore the surrounding jungle. Luxury river cruises depart on a daily basis, and jungle lodges are dotted all across the surrounding jungle. Iquitos is also an access point to Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, one of the largest protected areas in Peru. Many foreigners come to Iquitos to take ayahuasca, the hallucinogenic jungle vine that has long been part of traditional Amazonian rituals and medicine.

The Peruvian Amazon

An essential travel guide to the Peruvian Amazon

The Andes mountain range runs north to south through Peru, a giant spine splitting the country into distinct geographic regions. To the west of the Andes lies the coastal strip, a rain shadow area of deserts and large coastal cities. Head east of the Andean highlands and you’ll drop down into the vast and sparsely populated Peruvian Amazon, first to the cloud forested foothills, known as the selva alta, or high jungle, before plunging down into the lowland jungles further east...read more

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7 daysFrom $4,325
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Activity Cruise & Sailing, Luxury, Honeymoon, Adventure, Active, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Culinary, Food

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Ceiba Tops Lodge

Family friendly Amazon lodge

3 daysFrom $576
Iquitos, Peruvian Amazon
Tour Type Small group tour
Activity Family, Adventure, Water Sports, Kayaking, Active, Swimming, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Solo Travel

Tahuayo Lodge

Pioneering biological research lodge

4 daysFrom $885
Iquitos, Peruvian Amazon, Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve
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Activity Family, Adventure, Water Sports, Kayaking, Ziplining, Active, Camping, Fishing, Swimming, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Solo Travel

Treehouse Lodge

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3 daysFrom $694
Iquitos, Peruvian Amazon, Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Activity Family, Adventure, Water Sports, Kayaking, Active, Fishing, Swimming, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Solo Travel

Muyuna Amazon Lodge

Intimate Amazon Lodge on Yanayacu River

3 daysFrom $405
Iquitos, Peruvian Amazon, Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve
Tour Type Small group tour
Activity Family, Adventure, Water Sports, Kayaking, Active, Fishing, Swimming, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Solo Travel

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