Iquitos & Amazon River
Hotels & Lodges
Iquitos is a large typical jungle city meaning with a hot and humid climate and in general quite some noise with the large number of moto taxis and outgoing local population. The city itself is quite large but most hotels in the city can be found around the Plaza de Armas and the boardwalk. With the high humidity all year round it is important for hotels in Iquitos to offer either good ventilation or air conditioning as well as a swimming pool to relax during the hottest time of the day. The lodges in the Iquitos region are in general, compared to the lodges in the Tambopata area in South Peru, a little less equipped. This has mostly to do with the isolation of the lodges around Iquitos and logistical challenges. Most lodges are located at about 3-4 hours from the city by boat, a reason why we mostly recommend to have at least 4-5 days available for the jungle when visiting Iquitos. For less time, Tambopata may be more interesting. The Amazon River Cruises on the other hand provide all luxury and comfort one can hope for during such a high end cruise. Air conditioned cabins, hot water showers, gourmet meals, cocktail bar and plunge pools…you name it.
Iquitos & Amazon River Luxury Cruises
Delfin Cruises are among the top river cruises in the world and the most luxurious cruises available on the Amazon River. Three Delfin boats are available each with their distinctive character but with the same high end services, unique excursions and gourmet meals. All three cruises offer 3 or 4 night cruises with fixed departure dates.
Aria Luxury Amazon Cruise Ship
The other luxury cruise ship on the Amazon River is called the Aria and offers cruises of 3, 4 and 7 nights (fixed departure dates) allowing access to some of the more isolated areas on the Amazon River. Decorated by award winning architect Jordi Puig, this 45m (147ft) luxury ship provides everything you may need during your trip of a lifetime on the Amazon River.
Iquitos & Amazon River Superior Hotels & Lodges
Doubletree Iquitos by Hilton
The Doubletree by Hilton is a recently completely renovated modern hotel on the main square of Iquitos. Air conditioned rooms either have view of the main square or swimming pool and provide all superior amenities and services needed. The hotel has a large outdoor pool and whirlpool to cool off from the heat as well as gym, gourmet restaurant and bar.
The Muyuna Lodge is one of the best lodges available for wildlife viewing, fishing and bird watching. Located close to the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, one of the biggest in Peru it takes about 3 hours in boat to get to the lodge from Iquitos. Traveling over the actual Amazon River and later on an affluent one finds this lodge next to a small village of San Juan de Yanayacu, a tribe with who the lodge cooperates. Activities go from piranha fishing to kayaking, night excursions by boat, longer hikes through the forest and even swimming with Pink Dolphins.
Iquitos & Amazon River Standard Hotels & Lodges
La Casa Morey Iquitos
The hotel La Casa de Morey is located in the city center of the city a couple of blocks from the main square. Located in a typical mansion from during the rubber boom in the 19th century, the hotel provides very spacious rooms with typical touches. Some rooms provide view on the Amazon River running in front of the hotel.
Amak Iquitos Ecolodge
The relatively new Amak Iquitos Ecolodge is quickly establishing a name for themselves as another great option to get to know the Amazon River and Rainforest. Located at about 1.5 hours in boat from the city of Iquitos the Amak Lodge provides private cabins with private bathrooms and comfortable common areas.
Iquitos & Amazon River Budget Hotels & Lodges
Hotel Garden House
The hotel Garden House is located in the city center of Iquitos providing easy access to the different sights of the city. Clean, crisp, air conditioned rooms provide view on the common areas or the swimming pool.
Jacamar Lodge Expedition
The Jacamar Lodge is located at about 2 hours downstream on the Amazon River from Iquitos and provide great access to the surrounding Amazon Rainforest. Daily activities can range from canoe trips, search for wildlife, fishing, hiking or visiting local communities in the jungle.