The mighty Amazon River and its enormous, thickly forested basin are the heart of South America, the lungs of the world and the guardian of one fifth of the Earth’s fresh water. This river is the reason for Iquitos’ very existence and though it flows past the northern tip of the city, a bit beyond the river walk, the Rio Itaya, its influence is felt by everyone.

While its origins are much contested—any of the big river’s innumerable tributaries has a legitimate claim to the title—the “Birthplace of the Amazon” can be said to lie at the confluence of the Ucayali and Maranon Rivers, accessible from the Port of Nauta, 90km (56mi) from Iquitos on the newish paved highway. It is the quintessential daytrip, allowing travelers to ascend a 30m (100ft) observation tower that offers the region’s iconic photo op.

There are several ways to experience the Amazon and its unparalleled biodiversity, all of them beginning with a boat trip along its slow and storied descent toward the Atlantic. Whether you are here to see the famed pink and gray dolphins, manatees and some 300 weird and wonderful species of fish that populate its waters, or experience the almost untainted indigenous culture still holding on along its banks, there are operators in Iquitos eager to arrange the perfect tour for you.

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Rio Negro Cruise from Manaus to the Amazon River

4 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

On this full-day tour from Manaus, cruise down the Rio Negro to the Meeting of the Waters, the location where it meets the Amazon River. Be awed by this ...  Read more

Location: Manaus, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.99

4-Day Amazon River Luxury Cruise from Iquitos on the 'Aqua'

Discover the Amazon Rainforest on this exciting multi-day adventure from Iquitos! Cruise into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon aboard a luxurious riverboat for ...  Read more

Location: Iquitos, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $3,164.99

3-Night Ecuadorian Amazon Tour from Quito with Accommodation at the Yachana Lodge

Uncover the mystery of the Ecuadorian Amazon on this breathtaking journey into the heart of the rainforest. You'll meet local indigenous families and become ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $1,091.99

Presidente Figueiredo Waterfalls Day Trip from Manaus

See the Sanctuary and Iracema waterfalls on this day trip to the area surrounding Presidente Figueiredo, a small town north of Manaus. Enjoy the beauty of the ...  Read more

Location: Manaus, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $182.99

Amazon Rainforest Survival Tour from Manaus

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Put your survival skills to the test on this guided tour through the Amazon Rainforest from Manaus! As you walk through the lush rainforest, your expert guide ...  Read more

Location: Manaus, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.99

4-Day Amazon River Luxury Cruise from Iquitos on the 'Aria'

Explore the Amazon on this once-in-a-lifetime, four-day luxury river cruise. Your all-inclusive Amazon cruise is filled with fun, adventure and relaxation. See ...  Read more

Location: Iquitos, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $3,314.99

4-Day Amazon River Luxury Cruise from Iquitos on the 'Delfin II'

Embark on the journey of a lifetime and cruise deep into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon aboard the luxurious Delfin II . Your four-day all-inclusive Amazon ...  Read more

Location: Iquitos, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $3,402.99

6-Day Amazon Survival Program

A program for those who wish to experience a real life adventure while learning jungle survival techniques in a motivational and instructive manner. Each ...  Read more

Location: Iquitos, Peru
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $1,199.00

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