Iquitos is easier to come and go from. There are jungle guide services readily available and of course we are at the headwaters of the Amazon River. I live and work here and if you need a jungle guide there are many that I can recommend (and a handful to stay clear of)
I have a crisis center here for abandon and abused girls and their babies and a medical/dental clinic, "Peopleofperu.org" so, tourism isn't what we do.
However, I have had over 2,000 volunteers to our humanitarian organization and virtually all of them want to see the jungle. Let's just say our guides have been there a number of times...hahahahah
There are some really unique tribes that we visit all the time and the Belen Market is amazing but you should have a guide to go with you there. The manatee refuge center is really nice. Its a great city with easy transportation and lots of unique restaurants and street entertainment. Thumbs up for Iquitos.
Contact me if you need help. That is what I am here for. U4peru@aol.com
hello,personally i have to say that i love iquitos..it's a nice friendly chilled out place...if you're pushed for time than manu would be better as its close to cuzco....getting to iquitos means getting a rtn flight from lima...in the end its up to you,i'd read up about the 2 in lonely planet...then decide...ps,jungle trips in manu were extremely expensive when i was last in peru...and that was years ago.....which is why most travellers do rurrenabaque in bolivia instead!!!
For sure there are two prices in any town that has a tourist industry. The first price is what you pay if you don't know. The other price is what you pay if you do.
These forums are an awesome place to find people who "do."
I visited Iquitos in Dec. one of the best trip that I have ever had:-)
I am not sure about the Puerto Maldonado thought. I bet it is great. I read a lot and seeing the Amazon river was my key point to choose between those two places. I did not stay in Iquito. I just stayed for a night and head to the jungle for 5 days. It was 3 hours boat ride to the lodge.
yea,that's why i reccomend lonely planet guide book,because they offer good choices to suit every budget,then once decided there you can get last bits decided with tripadvisor help etc......to try and get good decisions on trip advisor without the help of such a book beforehand is simply putting all ones eggs into 1 basket and a limited source of info ...compared to the wealth of info available in such a book.speaking spanish will enable you to bargain those big prices that they want lower....especially if one decides on a lp budget option,which is often just as good....who needs luxurious jungle huts,etc....when in the jungle,on is in the jungle.hope this info helps you decide on a good value choice.happy trips.
We went to Wasai Lodge in Maldonado. The lodge was great and the food was the best we had in our travels around Peru. We chose Maldonado over Iquitos as we did not need any malaria medication. I had read that some malaria treatments can make you feel really ill and I did not want that to spoil our trip.
I stayed 5 days at Ecoamazonia lodge in Maldonado and I really enjoyed my stay here. It was hightlight of my trip. Also loved the excursions to the jungle, Botanical garden monkey island.
There was no hot water in the lodge but I did not miss it as I got v hot there.
yea...but how much was your eco..jungle lodge and jungle tour>??