Iquitos / Amazon
Iquitos is one of the most isolated cities in all of Peru. Accessible only by boat or plane, this is a great jumping-off point for adventures in the Peruvian Amazon basin. During your time here, take a boat cruise along the river to the floating village of Belen, where a popular open-air market provides a dose of retail therapy. You won’t want to miss the butterfly sanctuary or animal rescue center, either. Explore the historical Plaza de Armas de Iquitos, or spend a day in nearby Santo Tomas Village, a popular destination for water-based activities just 45 minutes away. For those looking for even more entertainment, the nearby Quistococha community features a museum, aquarium, and zoo. But we wouldn’t blame you for sitting back and soaking in the quietude in Iquitos, either!