Iquitos, Peru is the largest city in the world that is not accessible by road. The only way into Iquitos is by air or boat. For the adventurous, you can take a two day boat ride from Urimayguas, a few hours from Tarapoto. If coming from Columbia you can also take a boat from Leticia, which is on the borders of Columbia, Brazil and Peru. Most will want to travel to Iquitos by air.
Getting To Iquitos - Air Travel
Lima is the primary entry point for air travel into Peru. Tickets from your country can easily be arranged through any travel agent, or bought online. If you enter Peru via Lima you will almost certainly need to pick up your luggage and go through customs before checking into your next flight within Peru. A number of our clients have been told that their bags will go to Iquitos with no need to pick them up in Lima. When they get to Iquitos they learn their bags are stuck in customs in Lima. Please go to baggage claim when flying into Lima.
When looking for flights consider one flight into Lima, then a separate flight from Lima to Iquitos. You will find many more options into LIma, and probably save money. It does have the disadvantages of two separate itineraries in case a flight is delayed or canceled or your baggage gets lost.
Staying in Iquitos, Peru - Hotels & Accommodations
Iquitos offers a wide variety of hostels and hotels, from a backpacker flop house for $4 per night, to the 5 star El Dorado Plaza for $250 a night. Below is a list of some nice hostels and hotels within a few blocks of the Plaza de Armas, the main square in Iquitos and center of the tourist district.
|Hotel La Casona||★★||La Casona is the place we recommend to most of our guests. It is quiet, reasonably priced and has WIFI. Rooms start from $25, and air conditioned rooms are available.|
|Palau Amazonas Hotel||★★★||The Palau is a newer 3 star hotel, simple but quite nice. It has air conditioners and WIFI in every room, and includes a nice breakfast. The rooms have very comfortable beds and 32" flat screen TVs. Rooms start from $50|
|Epoca||★★★||Hotel Epoca gets rave reviews from our clients and the staff there speaks English. Great breakfast and prices start around $50. It is 4 blocks away from the Plaza de Armas and just around the corner from Hotel Samiria.|
|Victoria Regia||★★★||The Victoria Regia is a nice 3 star hotel with all the modern comforts, including a swimming pool and exercise room.. The staff is very professional and friendly. Rooms start from $80.|
|Samiria Jungle||★★★||The Hotel Samiria Jungle is one of the newest and nicest hotels in Iquitos. All rooms are air conditioned, with nice flat screen TVs, a refrigerator and the fastest Wi-Fi you will find in Iquitos. They have a beautiful swimming pool with a sunken swim-up bar (no alcohol please!) and modern, well appointed bathrooms with plenty of hot water. Prices begin at 260 soles. Their service will pick you up at the airport and bring you to the hotel. For about 30% more money, the Doubletree Hilton is a much nicer place to stay and you should compare rooms and rates before choosing the Samiria.|
|Doubletree Hilton||★★★★★||As the only 4 star hotel in Iquitos, the Doubletree Hilton is the most luxurious place to stay and is on the Plaza de Armas and central to all tourist restaurants and attractions. Rooms start from $120.|
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