Iquitos

Iquitos is the capital of the Peruvian Amazon and has the distinction of being the largest jungle settlement in the world accessible only by boat or air.  It’s located on the Amazon River in northern Peru in the Loreto region. Iquitos offers a selection of activities such as Amazon boat rides, exquisite wildlife viewing and great fishing excursions.

What separates this city from the other Peruvian Amazon destinations is the presence of the Amazon River itself. The Amazon River, which is the seconds longest river in the world and passes through Colombia, Peru and Brazil, accounts for about one-fifth of the world’s total river flow.

Like Manu National Park and Puerto Maldonado, this jungle destination places visitors in a natural habitat populated by thousands of species of birds, monkeys, insects, and more exotic wildlife. It’s also one of the only places in the world where you can see the Amazon pink dolphins and learn about the efforts to conserve these beautiful creatures.

Unlike Manu and Puerto Maldonado, Iquitos is quite a long distance away from Peru’s most popular tourism destination Machu Picchu. At the moment there are no direct flights from Cusco to Iquitos, which means travelers have to fly back to Lima airport before flying out to Iquitos.

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