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1. Posted by thomaswood (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Hi

Wonder if anyone can help me on this one....

Me and my friend are wanting to travel from Belem (brazil) to Iquitos (Peru) by boat down the amazon... is this realistic...how long will it take and what would the rough costs be

Any help would be much appreciated

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

It will take about 2 weeks and can only be done in stages (unless you sign in for some expensive cruise I guess). It's about 5 days to Manaus, another 6 to Tabatinga and 1 or 2 (depending on taking a fast boat) to Iquitos.
It's the cheapest way of travelling, and I don't think it will cost more than a few hundred euros, maybe a bit more if you don't want to sleep in hammocks, but rather rent a cabin.
I heard travellers though spending 4 days on a boat and although it was good, it was more than enough. You won't see much of the nature and wildlife, but is a great way to travel like the locals do and meet people.
On certain parts, you can take fast boats, even from Santarem onwards to the west I guess, but these are cramped plane style boats, better to take the slow ones or take the occasional flight with TRIP or Rico airlines, for example between Manaus, Tefé and Tabatinga.
Near Tefé is the Uacari Lodge by the way, highly recommend it!

3. Posted by BR-UNO (Inactive 31 posts) 8y

Hey Thomas,
About the special boats check Amazon Star, 52 hour trip from Belém to Manaus or Manaus/Belém:
http://www.amazonstar.com.br/
You won’t find the fares on their website
First Class costs around BRL450.00
A hammock with air-conditioned BRL120.00
A hammock without air-conditioned BRL85.00
I personally don’t like air-conditioned, it’s not very clean and usually it’s fresh at night, so if you are not really allergic to mosquitoes, it’s okay.
If you come in a group you can get a discount.
Also keep checking the airlines you might get discounted fares depending on the time of the year:
GOL http://www.voegol.com.br/
TAM http://www.tam.com.br/
RICO http://www.voerico.com.br/
TRIP http://www.voetrip.com.br/
Wish you a nice trip!
Cheers,
Bruno.

4. Posted by thomaswood (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

cheers....really appreciate the advise thinking it may be better to get a flight to manaus then take the boat down to iquitos...wats the deal when you get into iquitos to get to more mainland peru. do u need a flight or can u do some overland travel

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Quoting thomaswood

cheers....really appreciate the advise thinking it may be better to get a flight to manaus then take the boat down to iquitos...wats the deal when you get into iquitos to get to more mainland peru. do u need a flight or can u do some overland travel

Iquitos is the biggest city in the world which can only be reached by plane or river, so I have been told. Well, there are a few roads to settlements just outside Iquitos.
You can either travel further by boat to Pucallpa and travel overland from there, or take a flight to Lima or maybe a few other places as well.
Have fun!