Iquitos is a unique city in that it is the largest city in the world inaccessible by roads, leaving planes and boats as the primary ways of entrance. However, that doesn’t stop it from being one of Peru’s most popular tourist destinations. Because of its location on the banks of the Amazon River in northeastern Peru, Iquitos is the gateway to exploring the Amazon and all its wonders.
As the capital of the Loreto Region, Iquitos is a mix of traditional buildings alongside extravagant mansions once belonging to the wealthy barons of the former rubber boom during the turn of the 20th century. Surrounded by shops, restaurants and street performers, the Plaza de Armas is a frequent beginning point for tourists.
Due to the popularity of Amazon tourism, Iquitos is brimming in tour companies and boat operations that assist people in exploring the Peruvian Amazon. Some of the most impressive attractions along the river include butterfly farms, animal orphanages and protected nature reserves all teeming in plant and animal wildlife like manatees, pink dolphins, macaws, poison dart frogs, monkeys and sloths.
While tourism promotes a variety of international cuisine here, traditional food includes dishes like tacacho, plantain slices fried with pork. Fresh, tropical fruit juices sweetened with honey are also in abundance. Additionally, the city has plenty of nightlife choices ranging from local bars to nightclubs and native cultural performances.
Iquitos can be reached by daily flights and boat rides while the city is best explored by way of motorcarros, a type of motorcycle with a passenger cabin.