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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 18, 2015
dancing venues  (4 Answers)

salsa or other - busy on which night?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2015
How bad are the Mosquitoes in Iquitos??  (10 Answers)

Wondering if I should spend the money for a Yellow Fever shot and the Malaria meds. We will be there for two days and do a canopy walk during our stay. I'm planning to wear light weight long sleeves and long pants and bring insect repellent. Should I spend the money on the shot and meds? Any thoughts? We will be there during their winter in July.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2014
Malaria- Iquitos- Temple of the Way of Light  (4 Answers)

My sister traveling to Iquitos for The Temple of Way of Light, a 30 day retreat. She will be going deep into the jungle (about 2-3 hour hike from Iquitos). She did not get a Malaria shot and I am worried for her safety. Do you suggest she absolutely gets vaccinated before she goes? How prevalent is it down there, in the Amazonian area/Iquitos?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2014
what are the best things to see if we're here just 4 nights  (3 Answers)

My husband, 16 year old son and I will be in Iquitos in early July. Please tell us what we ought to see and what to avoid. I am a mosquito-phobic, so maybe I shouldn't be going, but our older son who was in Peru three years ago said we shouldn't miss it. Should we take a tour or venture out on our own? Where do you recommend that we stay? Any and all help is very appreciated.
Brenda, Sam and Marco

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 23, 2014
Anyone traveling to Iquitos between May 30 through June 8th?

I'll be going for my first time to attend a retreat and experience ayahuasca, for the most part I'll be on my own except a relative of mine might come just for a little but its not for sure. Anyway, I'm just checking if any like minded people are going on the same days for similar reasons. Thanks. Chris

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 23, 2014
Last minute flights from Lima to Iquitos

I think something happened when I was trying to ask this question earlier. Anyway, is it possible to book a flight to Iquitos from Lima after arriving in Lima? Or is it better to just book ahead of time?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 23, 2014
Last minute flights from Lima to Peru  (2 Answers)

I have a question about booking a flight from Lima to Iquitos, I've already got my ticket to Lima but have yet to book my ticket to Iquitos. Is there any way I can book sometime cheap /modest while in Lima to Iquitos?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 16, 2014
Finding a good apartment to rent for 1 and a half months / renting a motorcycle for the same period?  (3 Answers)

I'll be arriving in Iquitos in a couple of days (I'm in Lima at the moment), and I'll be staying there until the end of February. I'd like to rent an apartment (or even a house if it's comparable in price) with at least a kitchenette, so I can cook.

I'd also like to rent a motorcycle for the same period to have the liberty of travel & exploration within the city.

I've been having a very hard time finding places on airbnb and classified sites, so I'd like to ask what the best way would be to find any apartment/motorcycle for rent, and also if you have any recommendations for places in particular please do post/message me.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 16, 2013
Looking to go from Iquitos to Coca.

Hi there, me and a friend are looking to book a trip from Iquitos to Coca in Ecuador, can anyone suggest some companies that do so or have had experience doing this? Would be greatly appreciated.

Thanking you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 29, 2013
Best time to visit Iquitos out of season...  (5 Answers)

I am planning to visit Peru in 2014 (Iquitos and surroundings) and try ayahusca but i am stil not sure what period would suit me be best considering my philosophy of travelling which could be described by keywords like: out of season/avoiding crowds/lower prices, etc. I would like to go to Peru for about 8-10 weeks and spend them visiting few shamans. What do you think would be the best time to visit Iquitos considering the above? And of course when I mean "out of season" know, when I visit for example a Baltic Sea in Europe I do not go there in Winter (also out of season) but shortly before the tourist season starts or shortly after the season, so I can stil can enjoy good weather but also some peace and stillness and all this to lower prices. Does the same apply to Iquitos? I would really appreciate your answer! Cheers!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 30, 2013
Is going further up Napo River worth the trip?

I am considering of staying at a lodge near Yanamono Island on the main Amazon River or at a lodge off Napo River. Does it really worth the extra travel up Napo River to get further away for experience? Do the lodges up Napo River typically charge a lot more for operating further away from Iquitos? What is your recommendation?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2013
Stay in Iquitos or go straight to my lodge?  (3 Answers)


I have 4 days in the Amazon. I am wondering if it is worth it to spend a day and a night in Iquitos and then have 3 days at a lodge or is it more worthwhile to go directly to the lodge and spend my short 4 days there?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2013
Bad idea to head straight from Lima to Iquitos?  (9 Answers)

Ok, I'm assuming this is an awful idea, and would almost certainly result in altitude sickness without being able to acclimatize first, but has anyone done it/have any input?

The only reason I'm asking is that I wish to be in Iquitos on particular dates for the festivals there, but am going at such a time that visiting everywhere I want to in southern and central Peru will result in arriving at dates after this.

So, I was wondering in a kind of hectic panic would going straight to Iquitos from Lima be such a bad idea? I've heard from someone (not sure how reliable) that it's not a good idea, but from what I've seen Iquitos isn't at the same altitudes as say Cuzco.

Input on this would be greatly appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 16, 2013
The Amazon  (1 Answer)

How is this part of the Peruvian Amazon vs Puerto Maldonado? Some sources state for Iquitos, you need anti Malarial or Yellow Fever prevention. Though that may be outdated data. I am investigating this for 2014.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2011
Raft Race 2011  (2 Answers)

Anyone interested in forming a 4 person team for the Iquitos raft race? Sounds like a hoot!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 12, 2010
Explorama or Ceiba Tops ???  (4 Answers)

Hello Hello. My wife and I are in our mid-fifties, and are experienced international travellers. I am finalizing our plans for Peru, and have a question on which lodge to use in Iquitos for the Amazon portion of our trip.

I can't decide between the Explorama, which will really let us experience the Amazon, both day and nite, or the Ceiba Tops, isolated from the Amazon by 4 walls, but complete with air conditioning.

Can anyone tell me how it is possible to sleep in 95% humidity, 95 degree temperatures of the Explorama ?? My wife and I are not fussy travellers. We've slept in a tent in the Sahara and rustic accomodations in Northern Thailand. We're not looking for a ritzy place. I am just curious if the air conditioned room is worth the separation from the Amazon?

Also, while I'm at it - I may be 53 years old, but (like many of you men out there), I'm a kid at heart. I'm looking forward to the experience meeting the Yagua tribe. I've read that it is possible to barter or purchase blow guns from the folks in the tribes? Has anyone done this? If bartered - what did you barter? If purchased, what was the cost? Finally, was there any problems bringing the blow gun onto your home-bound plane?

Thanx for all of your input !!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 01, 2010
Vaccination  (9 Answers)

We are going to Amazon River (on Iquitos side) and Manchu Picchu in May next year. Do we need to take any vaccination? Will there be much mosquitos or insect bites? My husband is very allergic to those bites.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2010
mv aqua  (2 Answers)

we are going to do a cruise on the MV Aqua in June 2011. Can you book direct or do you have to go through a travel agent...has anyone been on this???

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 05, 2010
Iquitos or Manaus  (13 Answers)

We will go to Amazon River in April 2011 and spend about 3 days there. We like to see the scenery and the wildlife in/along the river. We are not sure whether we should choose Iquitos, Peru or Manaus, Brazil. Can any VT members advise us on the difference in cost, crowdness and things to be seen? All advice is appreciated in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2009
Anyone going to Iquitos in the next week...?  (3 Answers)

Hi there! I'm heading to Iquitos in the next few days and I'm wondering if anyone wants to meet up to travel together, or just to hang out? Right now I'm in Arequipa, and either tomorrow or Tuesday I'll get a bus to Lima, and then hopefully the day after I arrive I'll get a flight to Iquitos. I'm a 36 year old Australian guy, have been in Latin America for two years, and will spend I don't know how much time in and around Iquitos (depends on how much I like it!) before heading down river into Brazil for the next six months. Let me know if our plans match up at all.
Cheers, Nev

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 16, 2009
Iquitos in June  (2 Answers)

Will anyone be in Iquitos in June? I am planning to be there for at least a week sometime between June 11-26. I've went 5-6 times from 2005-2006, but it's been almost 2½ years since my last visit and I am REALLY excited.

My tentative plans are to visit a jungle lodge for 3-4 days (probably Explorama since it was great on my first visit back in May, 2005) and maybe a couple of days in a small village outside of the city or down the river. (Depends on how adventurous I want to get!)

I know the city pretty well and would love to share some of this with anyone who'd like to tag along -- assuming you can stand my great enthusiasm for the place. I'm a high school teacher and plan to hit most of the tourist spots near the city -- Quistococha, Belen, the Butterfly Farm, etc. -- to take videos with my HD camera to show my students. Besides visiting friends, that's the main reason why I'm going.

If anyone wants to meet up and see some sights, I'd be glad to show them around. I am quite comfortable traveling like a local. I'm not looking to be a paid tour guide -- heck, I'll pay for the transportation if we go very far (like Quistococha) -- but since I'll be there for awhile, it would be nice to make some new friends to hang out with.

I absolutely love the city (except for the weather!) and can't wait to be there.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 23, 2008
Iquitos - Manaus - Belem  (1 Answer)

I wonder if someone could give me a quick advise how long it takes to travel from Iquitos to Manaus or from Yurimaguas to Manaus. I have time from the 27th of october to the 9th of November when i have to be able to fly back from Lima to Amsterdam.
Very thankful for anyfeedback.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 09, 2008
Iquitos to Leticia  (1 Answer)

I will be in Iquitos in late September and wish to take the "fast boat" to Leticia. Does anyone have really current info on which days of the week this boat might run, and how much it costs, and what time of the day it leaves? (I say "fast boat" because there is also a slower boat that take a lot longer than the 9 or so hours that the "fast boat" takes.) Thanks !!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2008
Where to see the Amazonas Rainforest?  (11 Answers)


I am currenlty beginning to plan my trip to South America and one of my big high lights is to go to see the rainforest in the amazon basin.
So far I have come across two main places to do several day trip in - Iquitos, Peru and Manaus, Brazil.

Could someone please advise me if there are any difference in what you get to see and do there? And what are the best ways to get there? Or are there other places as well?

Thanks a million.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 22, 2008
Yellow Fever threat in Iquitos  (9 Answers)

Hi All,

Thank you for all your advice on my previous question. Im in a bit of a dilemna now as I just found out that by getting my yellow fever vaccine tomorrow, by the time I arrive Im short of the 10 day wait and will be in Iquitos for 2-3 days without coverage. The doctor was very alarmed and said it would be a big mistake to not change my ticket and go later because of the 50% chance of death if it is contracted. But my ticket is v expensive to change so Im wondering if anyone knows what the risks are at the moment and whether I should just go anyway?

Thanks a tonne

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2008
Travelling alone  (13 Answers)

Hi there,

Im planning on Ttravelling in May, landing in Lima and travelling up to Iquutos to experience the Amazon and do a boat trip.

Do you think its safe for a woman travelling on her own and apart from flying, what is the best way to travel to Iquitos from Lima?

Thanks a lot

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 16, 2008
Piranha fishing  (9 Answers)

I am going to Iquitos in September and am especially interested in piranha fishing. Does anyone know of a good tour that does such a thing, and how far from Iquitos one must travel to do this in terms of time. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 24, 2007
Iquitos and surroundings  (2 Answers)


I want to travel to Iquitos in beginning of dezember for around 10 days.
What things I should do in and around Iquitos?
Where is the best place to stay for not to much money?
Also I would like to travel to Leticia and Tabatinga. What I have to be aware off
or what I should think off before doing that?
Where to stay in Tabatinga/Leticia?
Many thanks in advance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 25, 2007
Iquitos Tour  (2 Answers)

Hi, Everyone,

I have read in another forum that It is OK to arrive in Iquitos and arrange a tour right then and there because lodge representatives are present at the aiport. Is this true? I will be travelling in July and don't have any time to waste. If I fly into Iquitos early in the morning, can I still start the tour that same day?

Thank you for taking the time to advice me on this.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2007
Jungle lodges: book in advance?  (2 Answers)

I'm headed down to Iquitos for the first week in June, and want to spend about three days in the jungle. Should I book a place in advance, online, or would I get a better deal just going to the city and booking something there? I just don't want to get there and find they're all booked or charge more on short notice.

And any recommendations for the best places on the less expensive end?

Very grateful for any help.


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