Iquitos, Peru Travel Guide

Last updated: 2021
All prices listed are in US dollars
Cost of living figures are based on minimum monthly living expenses for one person

The largest city in Peru’s Amazon region, located in the department of Loreto. Iquitos is known for a hotspot for tourists wanting to try the psychedelic drug Ayahuasca, as well as for being considered the largest city in the world that cannot be reached by road.

POPULATION: 450,000

 

WEATHER IN IQUITOS

Yearly temperatures range from 22°C to 32°C. The best time for a visit is from June – September (less rain).

 

SAFETY IN IQUITOS

Iquitos has a bit of a sordid reputation for safety. Gang activity is a problem in the Amazon region of Peru, and in Iquitos many crimes occur that are related to that activity. In addition to that, scams and petty crime are common here. There is police corruption, so you may find yourself pressured to pay a bribe for no reason. Taxi drivers are also notorious for overcharging. If you go out to a bar or nightclub (there are many) try to arrange for transportation to and from your destination (like a trustworthy, on-call taxi driver).

 

MUST DO

Jungle tours and eco-lodges are a big thing here. Either is worth checking out — just be sure to book your tour through a reputable company.

 

RENT AN APARTMENT IN IQUITOS

Rental prices are fairly reasonable here. You should be able to find something suitable for around $400 USD/month.

 

COST OF LIVING IN IQUITOS

Local cuisine and fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant and very reasonably priced here. You should be able to get by in this city for around $900/month.

 

DATING IN IQUITOS

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LEARNING SPANISH IN IQUITOS

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN IQUITOS

There aren’t many opportunities for expats here.

 

IS THERE UBER IN IQUITOS

No, Uber does not operate in Iquitos.

 

IS IQUITOS A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE?

In short, no, we do not recommend Iquitos for most expats. The infrastructure here is somewhat lacking. There are also safety concerns, and all of the scams directed at foreigners can be tiresome. In addition, the heat and humidity in the summer months will not be ideal for most. Iquitos is great for visiting, but we don’t suggest relocating here.