I am travelling S.A from Feb - June 2007 and I would like to conclude my trip by going from Peru to Brazil through the Amazon, getting to Salvador for 1st June which is when my return flight is.
I know that travel from Peru to Brazil through the Amazon by boat is possible but that is all i know. I do not know where I would get boats from/to, how long it takes, how much it costs, or anything really! I would like to do some sort of Amazon excursions but everything Ive looked at on the internet is really expensive and I'm on a tight budget.
Am quite stuck, some help would be greatly appreciated!!
Iquitos would be your best point of departure in Peru; from there, boats can carry you all the way to Manaus, Brazil. For the remaining stretch there's a number of possibilities, I'm sure there's at least some information in your guidebook.
I'm thinking of doing the same but in the opposite direction around June aswell, I've done a bit of research and it is definately possible, what Niels said above applies. I've heard it can get quite cramped on some of the boats with alot of hammocks etc and on the peruvian stretch some people suffer stomach upsets etc but I think thats to be expected I guess. I'm definately going to travel to peru from Brazil this way, its cheap and bound to be a great experience, this is the sort of stuff travelling is all about! I'm at work at the mo so haven't got all the info at my finger tips but I'll try and send you some more info when I get home tonight.
I'm also planning to get boat from iquitos to belem via manuaus. Does anyone know a route from lima to iquitos that doesn't require a flight and how long this will take?
Judging from my map, I'm guessing it should be possible to get there from Lima by road and river, via Huanuco/Pucallpa, and then down the river Ucayali. Never met anyone who did it, though; it might make for a good adventure, as Loreto province is still pretty wild and impenetrable. Make inquiries beforehand regarding Sendero Luminoso-activities in the region, however!
Hi! I´ve been in the peruvian Amazonas in 2005, and I think I might help you..
I travelled by bus form Lima to Tarapoto, it took almost a day. From there, I took a sort of taxi (6 hours) to Yurimaguas. And from there, I took a huge boat, which transported animals, food and people down to Iquitos trough the Amazonas (3 days). Have you seen the Herzog´s film "Fitzcarraldo"? the boat is almost the same. You have to take your own Paraguayan hammock in order to sleep. It was very very cheap-something like 10 dollars-, but you have to know that i am argentinian, and I´ll discuse any price...
It was an excelent experience...I can´t find my book with the prices and distances in this moment, but if I find it i´ll tell you.
From Iquitos, I went with a canoe inside the jungle.
I know that from there, you can also travell with those boats down to Manaus.
you can see some photos in my profile; I can send you more if you are interested; and of course you can write me for further details.
We'll soon be leaving England to start our journey round South America and one of the first things we'll be doing is the trip across the Amazon from Iquitos to Manaus and Belem. I've read most of the posts relating to this but I have a couple of specific questions.
Firstly when sleeping in a hammock does anyone make use of a mosquito net or is this unnecessary?
Secondly what do you do with your backpack all day or when you are sleeping? Is there somewhere to put it or is it safe enough to leave it under your hammock?
look at this site, www.go2peru.com
there you will find good information about trips from Iquitos to Brasil by cheap boats.
I will be in Iquitos by end of Feb.Was also interested in such a trip,but..time and safty,ok,go and read yourself what the recommend.
Sorry if I'm being a pain but was really trying to find answers to the specific questions, possibly from someone who has made the journey already. I've tried to find as much information as I can but it doesn't really mention security of belongings and use of mosquito nets!
Thanks to anyone who can help