Iquitos Peru is the largest city in the world not connected to other cities by roads. It lies in eastern Peru deep in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest – next to the great Amazon river – a long days trip by river to Brazil on one of the fast boats. The only way to get to Iquitos is by plane (which is the fastest and most direct), or by a boat up from Brazil along the Amazon river, or by bus and then boat if you are coming from western Peru. The Amazon river supplying nearly one quarter of the entire world’s freshwater is an amazing site and it dominates the Iquitos area with its main channel as well as many of its tributaries. Its a huge swatch of brown water and tributaries flowing towards the Atlantic ocean.
Iquitos was founded in the late 1700’s by a Jesuit Missionary. Much later it underwent an economic boom fueled by the rubber industry. Then a little later oil and gas discoveries sparked another economic recovery – now tourism in part helps sustain the local economy. However, Iquitos due to its rather isolated nature is less frequented by tourists then other South America and Peru destinations.
There are several attractions to see in the actual city of Iquitos – but the main attraction here is the jungle and the Amazon River. Read on for more information about visiting Iquitos, Peru.