Iquitos Amazon River

Iquitos Amazon River 4 to 10 days

Tailor-made rainforest experiences in Peru’s northern Amazon basin, accessible from Lima and Cusco. Iquitos is a city of more than 500,000 inhabitants located in the middle of the northern Amazon basin forests of Peru and is only accessible by air or river from the rest of the country. The city stands on the banks of the great Amazon River and retains much of its 19th century charm. Iquitos is the starting point for tours in the Amazon rainforest.

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Tailor-made Amazon basin tours from Iquitos

Our lodge on the Tahuayo River has access to an enormous variety of ecosystems that you can explore during your stay, as well as many indigenous communities downriver. Individual English-speaking indigenous male and female guides are available to guide guests at their own personal pace and according to their particular interests. This is an ideal destination for travelers who prefer not to travel with a large group on a prearranged itinerary.

You can choose from a photographer's pace, a relaxed pace or a ruggedly adventurous pace, focusing on birdwatching, canoeing, canopy exploration, fishing or indigenous culture. It is possible to be active during excursions from before breakfast or well into the evening. Ask us about our selection of activities:

  • Specialist bilingual naturalist guide
  • Bird watching (533 species observed near lodge)
  • Fishing (world record sized butterfly peacock bass)
  • Nature photography with private guide)
  • Indigenous culture study, including shaman ceremonies
  • Insect study program
  • Reptile study program
  • Adventure / jungle survival program
  • Families can choose to have a private guide specializes in working with pre-teens or young teens.
  • Special itineraries are available for weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries, and other special occasions.

EXTENSIONS: DO YOU HAVE MORE TIME TO SPEND IN PERU?

Other travelers added the following extension to this Peru itinerary...

LIMA CITY TOUR AND LARCO MUSEUM Full day 
At the start or end of your Peru vacation, take a day in Lima to visit the City of Kings, with its historic center, modern shopping district, world-class museums, and excellent restaurants. Lima, known originally as the City of Kings, was founded by the Spanish in 1535, just two years after Francisco Pizarro’s conquistadores arrived in Peru. The capital and largest city in Peru, Lima is home to around nine million people. This sprawling metropolis has grown around the colonial-era heart of the city, which the Spanish established on a grid system around the spacious main square, or Plaza Mayor. 

CHECK TO SEE WHAT'S INCLUDED AND WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING...

Included
  • All meals and accommodation
  • Transport from arrival at the town of Iquitos to return to the local airport
  • Excursions tailor-made to your liking
Not included
  • Flights to and from Iquitos 
  • Any drinks purchased from the lodge bar 
  • Tips
  • Laundry service
What to bring:
  • Light clothing, long loose-fitting trousers, long-sleeved shirts, a wide-brimmed hat and walking boots or tennis shoes 
  • Around the lodge you can wear: shorts, T-shirts and sandals
  • Windbreaker or a sweater for early mornings on the river
  • Rain gear: Impermeable jacket or rain 
  • Swimwear 
  • Sun block
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Cap and sunglasses
  • Pocket knife
  • Passport
  • Waterproof bags for camera equipment
  • Insect repellent
FAQs - Frequently asked questions

When is the best time to visit Amazon forests? 

It can rain at any time in tropical and subtropical forests. For drier weather, the best time to visit the Tambopata and Manu forests accessible from Cusco is between mid-April and the end of October. The driest months are June, July and August. Different species of Amazon wildlife can be seen at any time of the year in the tropical forests of Peru. 

Should I get a yellow fever vaccination before going to the rainforest?
Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for rainforest trips anywhere in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Is there malaria in the rainforest? 
The US Center for Disease Control considers Puerto Maldonado to be a malaria risk area although it is reported as extremely rare. Avoid mosquito bites as much as possible by using insect repellent, long-sleeved clothing and long trousers rather than shorts, and consider taking malaria prophylaxis.

What will we do for drinking water at the jungle lodge? 
Drinking water and other beverages such as coffee and tea are provided free of charge at our lodge, and sodas and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at the lodge’s bar.

Should I pack rubber boots?
At our lodge, rubber boots in a range of sizes are available for use during excursions.

Is there electricity at the lodge, can I charge my electronic devices?
Yes. For example, at our Tambopata lodge recharging facilities for mobile phones, pads, and assorted batteries are available at midday and in the evening between 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm.

Is there a phone available at the lodge(s)?
In the event of an emergency, lodge staff can contact the outside world by phone or internet. 

Is a laundry service available?
Remember that it can take a long time for clothes to dry in a humid rainforest environment. Laundry services can be organized in the main towns (Cusco, Puerto Maldonado, Iquitos) from which our Amazon itineraries depart. Ask our staff for more information. 

Is smoking allowed in or around the lodge?
Smoking is not permitted in rooms, dining or communal areas, such as the bar. However, guests can smoke on the terraces of their rooms and in outdoor areas of the lodge. 

What happens in the case of a medical emergency?
In the event of a medical emergency which cannot be dealt with by guides and staff trained in first aid, guests will be evacuated to the nearest town with a hospital or other medical facilities. 

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