Many travelers come to Iquitos as a jumping off point for Peru’s fine selection of Amazon lodges. Scattered along the region’s rivers (not only the Amazon River itself), these rain forest accommodations offer the opportunity to commune with nature in some of Peru’s most pristine areas. Here are some your best bets for overnight stays.
Heliconia Amazon River Lodge
Named after one of the most stunning flowers of the Amazon, the Heliconia Amazon River Lodge sits within a 99-acre (40-hectare) rain forest reserve in the northern Peruvian Amazon. A typical 3-day stay at the lodge might include a cruise by canoe along the Amazon River to spot monkeys and tropical birds, a visit to a local sugarcane distillery, and guided hikes through the jungle.
Situated two hours from Iquitos by boat, the Maniti Eco-Lodge comprises several private bungalows set amid secondary growth rainforest. Most overnight visitors to the lodge spend some time exploring the aptly named Monkey Island for the chance to observe several species in the wild. Other activities include fishing for piranha, cruising the Amazon River in search of pink freshwater dolphins, or taking a nocturnal hike to see, and hear, the creatures of the night.
Irapay Amazon Lodge
Located just 30 minutes outside of Iquitos, this luxury lodge offers a convenient base for exploring the Peruvian Amazon, complete with amenities like a refreshing swimming pool. Itineraries from the lodge often include a jungle hike, a piranha fishing excursion on the Momon River, a nocturnal boat ride, and a visit to a local tribe.
Curassow Amazon Lodge
This lodge gets its name from a rare Amazonian bird, a threatened species called the Wattled Curassow that’s sometimes spotted in the area. Situated on the Yanayacu River, the lodge serves as a base for exploring the nearby Tamshiyacu Reserve, home to sloths, pink dolphins, alligators, and numerous birds.
Ceiba Tops Lodge
Set on the banks of the Amazon River, 25 miles (40 kilometers) outside Iquitos, Ceiba Tops Lodge features luxurious digs with amenities including air conditioning, a swimming pool with a water slide, and a hammock house for relaxing outdoors. After a day spent hiking through the nearby rain forest, overnight guests enjoy live music at the lodge.