a VirtualTourist member from Austin
Im flying into Bogota by myself and wanted to know if anyone new of a bus or route to take to get to Iquitos Peru the cheapest way.
Taking a boat is the only other way to get to Iquitos. It is the largest city in the world that is NOT connected to the outside world by road. It is as far inland as ocean going ships can move up the Amazon River. There are smaller boats that move downstream from the higher reaches of the Amazon too.
From Bogata, this is not going to work. When we were there all air links were through Lima, Peru, which is what we did to get there.
One way to get there is to find your way to Leticia which is still in Colombia, but is in an area where Colombia, Brazil and Peru meet. Near Leticia is a short walk to Tabatinga (Brazil) where boats leave every day or two for Iquitos. From Bogota to Leticia you may be able to get a flight from Bogota with Aero Republica.
Check VT Leticia page---transport
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There is no way to get to Iquitos other than by air. Once in Peru you could get a boat from Pucallpa to Iquitos. Or as mentioned above, you can get a boat from Leticia,Columbia, but you first have to get there as well.
Some of the buses you would have to take from Bogota to Leticia are local buses with very poor schedules and many of them are not really road worthy.
The time element, the red tape, the transfers and the costs involved with the different modes of transportaion, would ruin your holiday adventure. Sometimes the cheapest mode can become the most expensive, this would be one of them. This is one time you should spend an extra $ and fly.
Lan Airlines will get you from Bogota to Lima. In Lima there are several different airlines that will get you there for as little as $ 200.00U.S. I was just there in January.
I have traveled S.A. extensively by bus and will therefore repeat, this is one time you should FLY.
We traveled by bus from bogota via san augustin then macowa, then crossed into equador puerto asis. from coca a public boat down rio napo to the boarder with peru. another samll boat to the peru side then traveled with a family in a canoe for 3 days to santa chlortilde and then public transport to iquitoes from there. it was a great journey but it is really impossible to plan as u never know when boats will be going and people will try to charge alot to take you in their boats as it is a long way. i think there is a publiuc boat on that route too but impossible to find out when it leaves.... email me for more info [email]