The Rio Nanay undulates along the northern border of the city, a slow and interesting tributary of the Amazon that plays hosts several interesting cruises from Iquitos. The almost sensual curves of the river create beautiful white-sand beaches when the water is low, and crystal clear. These are popular day-trips for locals during dry season, though most travelers head further upriver, into the wilderness, often visiting small Yagua, Bora and Mestizo communities, such as Santo Tomás, Padre Cocha and Santa Clara, along the way.

While most Nanay tours are day trips, there are a handful of lodges scattered around the rainforest, offering adventurous travelers the opportunity to stay in remote villages and really get a feel for life on the Amazon.

Or, travelers could continue on to the region’s newest conservation area, Reserva Nacional Alpahuayo Mishana. The 57,600-hectare (222-square mile) reserve, created in 2008, is located about 23km (14mi) south of Iquitos. The rare white-sand rainforest is famed for its remarkable biodiversity of trees (perhaps the highest in the world) and offers hiking trails, isolated lakes and much more to explore. It is even less traveled than the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, and visitors have discovered six entirely new species of bird in recent years.

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3-Day Iquitos Amazon Jungle Adventure at Heliconia Lodge

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

Visit the spectacular Amazon Jungle on this 3-day adventure from Iquitos! Cruise along the Amazon River both during the day and at night and see native ...  Read more

Location: Iquitos, Peru
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $437.00

Iquitos and Amazon River Tour Including the Meeting of the Waters and Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This river tour includes a visit to the main nearby attractions in Iquitos, Peru. You will navigate through the Amazon River, one of the greatest natural ...  Read more

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

From USD $98.00

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