Share:There are many things to do in Iquitos Peru. Known as "The City of Love," it is the largest city on any continent that cannot be reached by road as it is surrounded by beautiful rivers and lush rainforest. Located at the mouth of the Amazon River, Iquitos is the principle city in the Peruvian Amazon jungle. Iquitos is hot and humid (around 90 degrees Fahrenheit) year round.
The Top 5 Things to Do In Iquitos Peru Are:
1) Amazon River
A trip along the Amazon river is a great way to experience nature and to spot wildlife. There are boats from the city of Iquitos that can take you on a few hour ride and back again to Iquitos. A popular activity on the Amazon is to fish for piranhas.
2) Jungle Tour
This is the main reason why people visit Iquitos. There are several different types of jungle tours available. Most last from 3 to 7 days, where you will stay at a jungle lodge and take day hikes to go wildlife watching and to meet the local villagers.
3) Floating Town of Belen
Belen is a town famous for being built on wooden poles over water. The main form of transportation is by canoe. Belen isn't always a floating city; only when the river waters rise. Belen's market has a large variety of items for sale and is popular with travelers.
4) Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Also known as the "Jungle of Mirrors," this reserve is an excellent place to see several types of wildlife like monkeys, pink dolphins, sloths and birds. You can also visit the Maraon and Ucayali rivers where the Amazonas river begins.
This is an hallucinogenic brew that has been used for 5,000 years by indigenous people. Ayahuasca is taken at night with a shaman for guidance. It induces powerful visions and is known for its spiritual and curative abilities.
Iquitos is the ideal place for nature lovers and those with a sense of adventure. It is a beautiful area with spectacular scenery that you will not soon forget.
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Thomas Carroll was born in California and has been living in Peru for 10 years. If you would like more information about Things to Do In Iquitos Peru and Peru Vacation Packages then be sure to visit his blog.