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Traveling to Iquitos

“First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” - Napoleon Hill
Set deep in the northern Peruvian Amazon, Iquitos is the largest city in the world that is not accessible by road. The only way into Iquitos is by air or boat. If you are fortunate to fly into Iquitos on a clear day you will get a very clear idea of just how isolated it is as you fly hundreds of kilometers over the jungle seeing very few signs of civilization.

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. On arrival to Lima you will need to pick up your luggage and go through customs before checking into your next flight within Peru.

Peru requires your passport be valid for at least six more months to enter the country. If your passport expires before that, you will probably be denied boarding on your flight into Lima.

When looking for flights you may consider one itinerary into Lima, then a separate one from Lima to Iquitos. You will find many more options into Lima, and may save money. This approach does have a disadvantage if your flight or bags get delayed as they will not be responsible for getting you and your bags from Lima to Iquitos, but you may find greater flexibility at a more reasonable price.

USA Requires Going Through Customs

Note that the USA requires everyone entering the country to go through customs, even if it is just for a connecting flight moving on to another country. Take this into account when scheduling connecting flights as this process can take up to 2 hours.

Depending on country that issued your passport, you may need to apply for a visa before traveling. Many countries such as Australia, UK and the European Union automatically get a visa at customs and do not need to apply before hand. Others require an application process. If the USA requires a visa application from your country and you do not have one, you will not be allowed to board the plane to the USA. Given these requirements, avoiding connecting flights in the USA could be a better choice.

Airlines That Fly Within Peru

LATAM Airlines LATAM is the premier airline in Peru. They are generally the most expensive, but are dependable and offer good service.

Star Peru Star Peru is less expensive than LATAM, and their fleet of planes are a bit old. Their flights between Lima and Iquitos also have a stop in Tarapoto and the trip takes about 1 hour longer than other airlines.

Peruvian Airlines Peruvian Airlines is and established local airline with a reputation for timely, quality service at a reasonable price. Their site is Spanish only.

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 $30, and air conditioned rooms are available. Visit their website

Palau Amazonas Hotel ★★★

The Palau is 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. Visit their Tripadvisor page.

Epoca Hotel Boutique ★★★

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. Visit their website

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, and this hotel has one of the best restaurants in Iquitos. The food is always very good. Rooms start from $90. Visit their website

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, central to all tourist restaurants and attractions. Rooms start from $125. Visit their website