Iquitos is thriving thanks to tourism and oil, but remains quite isolated, as the largest city in the world that can’t be reached by road.
Get started early with a canoe tour of Belen, Iquitos’ famous floating barrio. The early morning hours are when this neighbourhood is at its freshest and its famous market is at its busiest. After popping into the amazing maze of stalls selling herbs, tinctures, unusual fruits and even weirder fish, enjoy lunch at one of several floating seafood restaurants. .
Book a trip to the beginning of the Amazon, at the confluence of Maranon and Ucayali Rivers, about 183km (114mi) southwest of Iquitos. This is also the gateway to Peru’s largest, most bio diverse protected area, Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria.
If you’ve been out on the river for far too long and find yourself aching for some civilization, head to the Amazon Golf Course, an nine-hole oasis where “it's not so much birdies and eagles; more like boas in the rough.