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Iquitos

Iquitos is the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the capital of Loreto Region. It is located on the banks of the Amazon River, in the northeast of Peru, about 1,000 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. It is the sixth most populous city in Peru and the largest city in the world that cannot be reached by road.

Iquitos was founded in 1757 by Jesuit missionaries, who built a mission and a fort on the site of the present-day city. In the 19th century, the city became a major port for the rubber industry, with the rubber boom bringing a large influx of migrants from other parts of Peru and other countries.

Iquitos has a tropical climate, with hot, humid summers and mild winters. The city is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including the endangered Giant river otter. It is also a popular tourist destination, known for its vibrant nightlife and traditional Amazonian cuisine.

Iquitos has a rich history, which includes a number of important events. In 1864, it was the site of a battle between the Peruvian and Ecuadorian armies during the Ecuadorian-Peruvian War. In the early 20th century, the city was the site of a major rubber boom, with the rubber industry bringing a large influx of migrants. During the 1960s, the city was the site of a major oil boom, with the oil industry bringing a large influx of migrants.

Today, Iquitos is a major port city, with a large and diverse population. It is the gateway to the Amazon rainforest and the center of the Amazonian culture. It is also a popular tourist destination, known for its vibrant nightlife and traditional Amazonian cuisine.

Excursion tips for a day in Iquitos

As a tourist in Iquitos, Peru, there are many exciting activities to explore and enjoy in a single day. Here are some of the top things to do in Iquitos:

1. Visit the Amazon Rainforest and explore the wildlife and nature.
2. Take a boat tour of the Amazon River and its tributaries.
3. Visit the Manatee Rescue Center to learn more about the conservation efforts of the endangered species.
4. Enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal at one of the local restaurants.
5. Visit the Belen Market to explore the local culture and shop for souvenirs.
6. Take a tour of the historic Iquitos Cathedral.
7. Visit the Iron House Museum to learn about the history of Iquitos.
8. Take a tour of the Belen Floating Village to learn about the daily life of its inhabitants.
9. Go on a jungle trek to explore the diverse flora and fauna of the Amazon Rainforest.
10. Enjoy a relaxing day at the Iquitos Municipal Beach.

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The climate in Iquitos

Iquitos in Peru has a tropical climate with hot, humid weather year-round. During the summer months (November to April) temperatures are consistently high, usually in the mid- to high-30s Celsius, and there is a lot of rainfall. The winter months (May to October) are slightly cooler, with temperatures ranging from the high-20s to low-30s Celsius, and less rainfall. The area is also subject to frequent flooding during the wet season. In general, Iquitos has a hot, humid climate throughout the year, with temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C and plenty of rainfall.

Cruise weather for Iquitos

Our weather forecast for Iquitos helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 31.0 °C
min: 21.9 °C
8.6 m/s
13.3 m/s
74.7 %
24.1 m
79.1 %
1,013 hPa
06:01:32
17:57:34
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 32.8 °C
min: 21.2 °C
6.5 m/s
13.3 m/s
36.2 %
24.1 m
77.3 %
1,013 hPa
06:01:31
17:57:40
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 35.8 °C
min: 22 °C
5.8 m/s
11.2 m/s
26.5 %
23.8 m
72.6 %
1,013 hPa
06:01:29
17:57:45
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 34.2 °C
min: 21.7 °C
7.2 m/s
22.0 m/s
68.7 %
22.0 m
80.9 %
1,014 hPa
06:01:26
17:57:49
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 34.1 °C
min: 22 °C
5.4 m/s
14.4 m/s
65.0 %
24.1 m
76.7 %
1,014 hPa
06:01:23
17:57:53
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 35.1 °C
min: 22.1 °C
3.2 m/s
5.8 m/s
46.1 %
19.3 m
81.3 %
1,013 hPa
06:01:19
17:57:56
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 35.5 °C
min: 22.2 °C
3.6 m/s
6.1 m/s
43.6 %
24.0 m
79.5 %
1,013 hPa
06:01:14
17:57:59
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 31.6 °C
min: 21.9 °C
5.8 m/s
19.8 m/s
75.6 %
22.9 m
85.0 %
1,013 hPa
06:01:09
17:58:02
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 34.2 °C
min: 22.1 °C
4.7 m/s
11.5 m/s
43.0 %
20.8 m
79.9 %
1,013 hPa
06:01:03
17:58:03
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 31.9 °C
min: 22 °C
7.2 m/s
15.5 m/s
53.8 %
22.0 m
87.9 %
1,013 hPa
06:00:56
17:58:05
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 34.6 °C
min: 21.8 °C
4.7 m/s
12.6 m/s
66.1 %
21.9 m
76.9 %
1,012 hPa
06:00:49
17:58:05
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 33.5 °C
min: 23.7 °C
6.8 m/s
14.9 m/s
49.8 %
23.1 m
74.6 %
1,010 hPa
06:00:41
17:58:06

Cruises to Iquitos

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Scheduled ship calls in Iquitos, Peru
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Apr. 25th 2025 Friday, 25th of Apr. 2025 HANSEATIC nature 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 29th 2026 Sunday, 29th of Mar. 2026 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am

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