It is said that ‘he who goes to Iquitos alone, returns a father’. The veracity of this saying has yet to be confirmed, but PeruNorth can verify that five days in the largest city in the world not connected to ‘civilization’ by road was nowhere near enough.
The city is much more than just a jumping-off point for Amazonia. Within striking distance of the city centre, you can:
1. Bottle-feed gentle Amazonian manatees at the Manatee Rescue Centre.
2. Interact with rescued mammals - and a myriad of butterflies - at the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm & Amazon Animal Orphanage.
3. Swim and then have lunch at the beautiful Quistococha Lake. Here you will have a good chance to eat suri - a local delicacy of fried, giant maggot!
5. Wander the floating market of Belen, with all manner of weird and wonderful Amazon products.
6. Visit the Museum of Historic Boats which is located on the M/V Ayapua, itself a historic boat, moored on Iquitos' river bank, a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas. The boat contains information and memorabilia from Peru's early Amazonian history, including the notorious Rubber Boom years.