Iquitos Peru

History, things to do & Accommodations

Iquitos, Peru is a unique place amongst the cities of the world. It is a city that is situated between several rivers the Italya River, the Nanay River and the mighty Amazon River creating an island that has no roads that lead to this isolated location deep in the Amazon Jungle. The only way to travel to Iquitos is by plane or boat. This leads to a unique culture largely due to its isolation from the outside world. Surprisingly this city supports approximately 550,000 people in an area 7 miles long by 4 miles wide. For its isolation, it is surprising how it is advancing culturally and technologically a large portion of people have cell phones and high-speed internet just arrived recently. Iquitos was just given the award for being the gateway to the Amazon since it is the largest city just at the beginning of the Amazon River being just named  one of the new seven wonders of the natural world. One of the interesting aspects of this city is the confluence of peoples that travel into the city from throughout the planet especially over the past ten years or so using it as a springboard searching for the transcendent experience that has exposed itself out of the jungle by working with Ayahuasca and the shamans of the Amazon. Many have come and many lives have been changed and altered by the experiences they have had here.

This city can be charming and after living here for almost a year I have learned much about the way of thinking of the peoples, magic abounds and stories of ghosts and the existence of many healers and brujos. If something goes wrong with someone there is always a magical source of the bad that is to blame. Many spiritually gifted people seem to find themselves either coming to stay or passing through. It is truly amazing the people that pass through and that I have met. Many seem to be more aware than the majority of the state of affairs of what is going on throughout our planet. Iquitos has become a launching pad into the mysterious shamanic world of the Amazonian shamans and their magical brew Ayahuasca. When coming through Iquitos there are several recommendations regarding lodging and dining that I have for you. If you come to the retreat or would like to stay afterward there are several Hotels and hostels depending on your budget that I would recommend and several restaurants that offer clean delicious and affordable food. There are also many other excursions that can be enjoyed and experienced if you do decide to extend your stay in this magical place. Below there will be links and information for you to take advantage of if you so deem to choose to do so.



Hotel el Dorado

Jr. Napo 258
Iquitos Peru
Telephone: +51 65-222-555

Casa Moray

Loreto St. 200
Iquitos, Peru
Telephone: +51 65-231913

Casa Moray was built between 1910 and 1912 and used to one of  the Rubber Barons mansions and has been restored to it’s former elegance. Very peaceful quiet and elegant. One of my favorite places.

Hotel Maranon

Fitzcarrald/Nauta 289
Iquitos, Perú.
Telephone : +51 65-242673
Fax:+51 65-231737

Royal Inn

Telephone: +51 65-223018
Fax: +51 65-222973

Hotel Camu Camu

Calle Putumayo 376
Iquitos, Peru
Telephone: +51 065- 234839
+51 065- 234539

Paula Amazonas Hostal

Huallaga 346
Iquitos , Peru
Telephone: +51 65 -231418
+51 965605740

Amazon Apart Hotel

Av. Aguirre 1151
Iquitos, Peru
Telephone:+51 65-730904
+51 965961453

El Calabri Hostal

Raymondi 200
Telephone:+51 65 -241737

Nativa Apartments

Nanay 144
Iquitos, peru
+ 51-65-234208
Cell: +51-965-810318
English atention only + 51-980-364-553

Victoria Regia

Ricardo Palma 252
Iquitos, Peru
Telephone: +51-65-4424515

La Posada de Lobo Hotel & Suites

Cobo Pantoja 417
Iquitos, Peru
Telephone: +51-65-236140


Dawn on the Amazon Cafe

Malecon Maldondo 185
Iquitos, Peru
Telephone: +51 65-223730
+51 65-600056

One of my favorite places to eat right on the boulevard overlooking the Itiala river. The food is excellent and they offer a special menu for those that are on the Ayahusca diet. Owned and operated by one of the nicest smiling faces and ex-pats from the United States Captain Bill Grimes and his lovely wife Marmelita. They are very conscious about the service, cleanliness and freshness of their food. They have a delicious varied menu and the location is very comfortable and hospitable. They also offer wireless connection for laptops and wireless enabled cell phones. They also offer Amazon tours and Amazon cruises on the upper Amazon River and its tributaries from Iquitos, Peru. Check their website for more details.

The Gran Maloca

Sargento Lores
Iquitos, Peru
Telephone: +51 65-233126

An elegant restaurant with a great menu. The food and service are excellent.


Calle Napo 393
Iquitos, Peru
Telephone: +51 65-225917

A great grill. Delicious food …make sure if you are sensitive to monosodium glutimate to ask for your food to be prepared without it. You gotta try the chimichuri sauce.

Karma Café

Calle Napo 138
Iquitos, Peru
Telephone: +51 65-600576

A really nice place to eat with a great atmosphere.


Fitzcarald 131
Iquitos ,Peru
Telephone: +51 65-242222

Antica Pizzeria
Jr. Napo 159
Iquitos, Peru
Telephone: +51 65-241988

Chez Maggy
Raymondi 177-158
Iquitos, Peru
Telephone: +51 65-241816
+51 65-232731

Genuine brick oven pizza, pastas and also grilled meat dinners and lunches. A favorite of many locals.

La Rustica

Putumyo 467
Iquitos, Peru
Telephone: +51 65-603665

Al Frio y Al Fuego

Av La Marina 138
Iquitos, Peru
Telephone: +65- 607474

Amazon Bistro

Malecon Tarapaca 268
Iquitos, Peru
Telephone: +51 65-600785

A very good French restaurant that opens for breakfast at 6:00 a.m. and closes generally in the evening when the last customer leaves.

Chef Paz 

Putumayo 468
Iquitos , Peru
Telephone: +51 65-241277

Things to See & Do

Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

Pilpintuwasi Butterfly farm is located across the Nanay River. From the port of Bellavista-nanay in the far north of Iquitos its a 20 minute boat ride to the village of Padre Cocha. Besides butterflies the farm has many species of rescued wild animals, a jaguar, a manatee, alligators, many monkeys and more. It is  beautiful place to visit. They are closed on Mondays. Goodrun Sperrer is the owner, a very pleasant lady that has an extensive knowledge about the life cycle of butterflies and will be very eager to share her knowledge during your visit.

Quistacocha Zoo and Tunchi Beach

Quistachocha is  great place to visit they have many animals of the Amazon in this Zoo and as you finish the circuit viewing the animals brings you to the beach. There is a restaurant with good food and refreshments. Quistococha is located some 6.5 klms. Outside of Iquitos

Amazon Golf Course

Rymondi 303
Iquitos , Peru
Telephone: +51 65-223599 

The Iron House

This house was built in france by Mr Eiffel shipped down the Amazon to iquitos and assembled by Baca Diaz and Anselmo del Aguila . It is located on the corner of :Putumayo and Prospero , where now is located the Restaurant Amazon cafe

House of Clay

Located on the corner of Napo and Raymondi  St. It was a warehouse built of pure clay ( main soil from the Amazon Basin)
with wooden balconies. This was the house and office of the most famous rubber baron , Fitzcarrldo.

Amazon Museum

Malecon 332
Iquitos , Peru
Telephone: +51 65-235809 

Iquitos Video courtesy of

Niels Ahmes