The Peruvian Amazon covers an extension of 37,421.97 sq mi (96,922.47 km2), that represents more than 70% of the total surface of Peru and approximately 16% of the Amazon Jungle. Hidden in this mass of jungle is the city of Iquitos which is the gateway to the northern Amazon and makes the perfect base to explore this vast natural wonder.
The city formed from an original settlement by Jesuit missionaries back in 1757 called San Pablo de Napeanos. Between 1880 and 1912 there was an influx of European immigrant due to the rubber boom; this contributed to the economic and social growth of the city.
Budget: Posada Allpahuayo – $ (2 pax)
Mid-range: Hotel Jungle House – $$ (2 pax)
Splurge: Amazon Oasis Lodge – $$$ (2 pax)
With its location in the Amazon Jungle, Iquitos has a tropical climate with significant amounts of rainfall all year-round and an average temperature of 26.4C/79.5F.
July and August are the driest months but still see a significant amount of rainfall.
Iquitos City Tour
Discover the culture and history which shaped this unique Amazonian city on a guided tour of the most important sights with a local!
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm & Amazon Animal Orphanage
This non-profit center rescues animal affected by the poaching and trafficking industry. The center relies on the work of just 7 employees and the goodwill of volunteers and donations. A visit here will give you the chance to see various species of monkey, coatis, capybara, ocelot and jaguar, to name a few!
Manatee Rescue Center
The Amazonian Manatee inhabits the freshwater of the Amazonian basin throughout South America. This center cares for young orphaned manatee before releasing them back into the wild. During a visit at the center, you’ll learn more about the work of the project and even have the chance to bottle-feed the young manatees
La Isla de Los Monos
This rescue center rehabilitates monkeys that are victims of the pet trade. They work to reintegrate the monkeys back into their natural habitat in the Amazon jungle.
Keteka grants access to authentic activities run by local tour operators and guides. You can book and secure your place in advance, and we will take care of everything else. We’ll let you know where to go or where you will be picked up and at what time.
Any overland transport involves going via Yurimaguas where you must then continue the journey on a ferry down the river. This journey is operated by Yurimaguas Peru; takes 2 days and costs around $35 USD one-way.
By far the quickest and most convenient way to reach Iquitos is by flying from Lima. Daily flights are operated by Star Peru, LATAM, Peruvian Airlines and Viva Air. The flight takes around 2 hours and 11 minutes and costs in the region of $70 to $200 USD one-way.