Amazon jungle tours from Iquitos, Peru’s gateway to the Amazon Rainforest in the country’s northern province of Loreto, take travelers to a busy and teeming hodge-podge of mud huts, mansions, street markets, and floating shantytowns. Abuzz with activity (and moto-taxis), explore a vibrant jungle city where Werner Herzog’s classic film about a would-be rubber baron, Fitzcarraldo, was filmed, and vestiges of the era can still be seen in the Casa Morey and Historic Boat Museum on its riparian boulevard, and the Casa de Fierro, an imposing iron house reputedly designed by Gustave Eiffel himself.
Brave bustling Belen market and its peculiar Pasaje Paquito where all manner of traditional Amazon medicines are on sale to cure anything from baldness to a broken heart. Dine and dip at the fabulous floating Al Frío y al Fuego restaurant and pool. But the real attractions of an Iquitos Amazonas tour lie beyond the city limits, where the Manatee Rescue Center does some incredible work with the vulnerable Amazonian manatee, and wildlife adventure awaits in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, a protected area of flooded forests containing 5 million acres of rich ecological diversity.