Down in the deep rainforest, one is aghast with the stark amount of gorgeous creatures who still manage to have a home. However, each day the Amazon rainforest is becoming more endangered with poachers and businesses who are willing to destroy such beauty for some dainty cash. But the rainforest does not back down, neither does it fail to impress as even though I took many pictures of some of the gorgeous places in the jungle, it can never compare to witnessing it with your naked eye.
Many people go to the rainforest to discover a new world, may it be their ‘newly’ civilised city quite a distance from the rainforest, known as Iquitos due to the Iquitos tribe first arriving and settling there. Or to camp out in the rainforest riddled with mosquito bites but breathing some newly fresh air.
To arrive in Iquitos, home of your next adventure, there is no other way than by plane. Companies such as LATAM and Peruvian offer rather comfortable prices. I paid $137 for my ticket with Peruvian. The plane isn’t the comfiest but the flight is only around one hour approximately, and you get snacks during the journey. It feels quicker than what is is!
The hotel I accommodated myself in was Hotel Casa Morey, only a couple of minutes walk into the plaza where all the shops and restaurants were for any necessities. The hotel keeps a Victorian feel to it from its rubber boom days, when Iquitos gained a lot of money thriving from the rubber that was found, and still found, in their trees. Many English and other European traders took advantage and therefore made millions from this industry. The house belonged to an Englishman, whose surname was Morey, who thrived and had his house built there to work more sufficiently. It is located adjacent the river Nanay, only a couple of minutes from the port. Its whole aesthetic makes you lose yourself in the Victorian era. Accompanied by a library, swimming pool and breakfast served from 7 am to 10 am and friendly staff makes it an ideal if you want to delve in deeper in the history of Iquitos. The price ranges from $50 single room up to $130 for a triple room. Obviously much more pricey and only to be taken full advantage if you are staying for some days in the city.
As for tours, you should have some idea of what things you want to do either visit animal rescue centres, such as the manatees or monkey island or have a couple of nights camping in the rainforest. Always ask your hotel about tours as they are usually the most reliable and avoid accepting trips from strangers who have no agency and same with agencies because sometimes they do not complete everything you wish you to do, and you end up paying a lot for a miserable time.
As I continue writing while scratching my uncountable amount of mosquito bites, I’ll leave you now with a few of many pictures I took during my five days in Iquitos, as I will be flying over to Cusco to visit another wonder of the world, Macchu Picchu!