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1. Posted by stiltskin (Full Member 45 posts) 9y

Hi guys...
was wondering what the general consensus was on the best way to get to Iquitos? I´ve heard that it´s only accessable by boat or plane...I´d probably prefer to get the boat, but the guide says it can be a bit dodgy...not to be put off though, although i am a lone female traveller etc. I´m in Ecuador at the moment so still a bit clueless about Peru, but not for long! Anyway....where to get the boat, how much etc, and if all else fails, any ideas on how much a flight would be?? And anyone fancy going to Iquitos with me in a couple of weeks??
Cheers,
Jess

2. Posted by asa39 (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Hi
I'm going to Iquitos this June to start a wildlife expedition into the Amazon jungle. From all the advise I 've had, the plane is the better option in so many ways; should cost about $150 return to Lima, only lasts about 90 mins, where is boat takes DAYS, and is uncomfortable ...thats what ive heard anyway

3. Posted by CanadaKid (Full Member 71 posts) 9y

We went to Iquitos from Colombia/Brazil on the boats. It was basically the most insane/coolest thing I had ever done. the view was amazing, we visited a ton of cool villages, spent a couple days hanging out in hammocks.

BUT. i (kristy, girl) was with Nathan (guy).. not a female travelling alone. looking back, i definitely would not have wanted to have been alone. The Captain's wife of the ship took care of us a lot and kept an eye on us. But, even a Peruvian girl getting on the boat, her dad was freaking out, telling her to be really careful and stick next to us so she would be safe.

um, also. i feel i should tell you that the food was horrible.. im talking bugs crawling all over it, spider in your coffee type deal. the dishes were never washed, just rinced and reused. the bathrooms were disgusting. oh man, absolutely disgusting. lots of bugs. we got robbed. they stole my hiking boots (the only thing we didnt have tied down and locked up). and our boat kind of hit something and started sinking. which, they did fix.

hahaha. ok, that being said, i wouldn't trade that experience for anything. BUT bring someone with you to share the joys and horrors with, be tough, and take home the memories.

I think the trip into Iquitos from the rest of Peru is a lot longer on the boats. We also ended up sitting around for about a week waiting for the boat to come. We looked at doing it that way, and i think it took a couple days travelling overland and then the wait for the boat.

Im pretty sure you could head to the amazon in Ecuador and then take a boat to Iquitos and fly out.

4. Posted by cianos (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Are you serious? Bugs in the food? I was lookin forward to doing that boat trip myself, that story gives me images of what I think a Thai prison would be like though.;) Not so keen now. How long were you living on the boat like that for?

5. Posted by CanadaKid (Full Member 71 posts) 9y

for about 4 days. but you can buy food when the boat stops along the way. we also brought some food with us. and you DEFINITELY need to bring water.

haha i know it sounds horrid. but seriously, it was a great experience. Like i said, if you take a good travel buddy, have an open mind, and are pretty tough, you can survive anything. :)

6. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

hi,
if you have a look at page 5 and 6 you will find some infos about Iquitos,flights and boattrips.
I enjoyed Iquitos and the Amazon aerea,but wont recomend a boattrip for a single travelling women on one of this very basic boats.
Marlis

7. Posted by CanadaKid (Full Member 71 posts) 9y

I just wanted to also add... that even two females travelling alone wouldn't be so great. Just because of the culture, its probably better if you could find a guy to join you.

8. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 9y

Hi guys,

Im quite concerned now!! Im a female travelling solo from June and the trip iquitos-manaus by boat was one of the highlights of my trip! I can deal with the bugs (i hope...) and certainly with the dirty toilets (i work on a aeroplane, and trust me, after a 11h flight, there no dirtiest toilets in the world) The only thing im really concerned is safety, not of personal belongings, but my own... it can not be that bad, huh?

x x Miromar x x ;)

9. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 9y

Quoting stiltskin

Hi guys...
was wondering what the general consensus was on the best way to get to Iquitos? I´ve heard that it´s only accessable by boat or plane...I´d probably prefer to get the boat, but the guide says it can be a bit dodgy...not to be put off though, although i am a lone female traveller etc. I´m in Ecuador at the moment so still a bit clueless about Peru, but not for long! Anyway....where to get the boat, how much etc, and if all else fails, any ideas on how much a flight would be?? And anyone fancy going to Iquitos with me in a couple of weeks??
Cheers,
Jess

By the way Jess, there is a way to get to Iquitos from Coca, in Ecuador, by boat, but from what i read is ardous and not really recommended. Your best bet is probably make your way down through Peru to Lima or Pucallpa (which also has flights to Iquitos) and fly there. Any other info, let me know and I see if I can help...!

Good luck!

x x Miromar x x

10. Posted by CanadaKid (Full Member 71 posts) 9y

The only thing im really concerned is safety, not of personal belongings, but my own... it can not be that bad, huh?

well... its not like people will kill you on the boats... haha its mostly just watching your stuff... and also, night time on the boats is kinda shifty. its dark, most people are sleeping, and you are in very close contact with lots of people.

sleeping on the boat, i spent most of the night with the girl beside me tossing her hair in my face... so its close quarters.

do you speak spanish? thats a big difference too... if you MUST go, find some other women on the boat and stick with them, that would give you some protection. :)