Fly Direct From Cusco to Iquitos
Traveling through Peru is a bucket list staple – and it’s not hard to see why. This incredible country is filled with ancient history and culture, delicately blended with modern cities and outstanding nature. However, Peru is a big country and visiting everything of interest can be a challenge. The best thing to do is simply to pick out a few must-see areas and concentrate on them. But, again, this is easier said than done if you can't fly direct from each destination.
As a recommendation, we would suggest taking the time to visit both the Sacred Valley and the Amazon jungle. In order to do this, you will need to spend time in Cusco, the gateway to the Sacred Valley, and Iquitos, the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. Fortunately, LATAM are about to launch their newest flight route, which goes directly from Cusco to Iquitos. The flight takes just under 2½ hours and will run three times a week from July through to November 2018. Flying direct from Cusco to Iquitos makes it easy to combine an Amazon Cruise with Machu Picchu.
Previously, the only way to get to Iquitos from Cusco was to fly to Lima and then catch a connecting flight or to take a series of buses. Both journeys took up valuable holiday time you would much rather spend exploring Peru’s natural beauty.
So, what makes Cusco and Iquitos so great? Let’s take a look at each of these places and see why they deserve a spot on your itinerary.
Most people know Cusco to be the base from which Machu Picchu can be explored. This is indeed the main reason people come here. From the city, visitors can access either the Inca or Salkantay trails in order to hike to Machu Picchu. Alternatively, travelers can take a minivan or the train to the site. But, there is a lot more to Cusco than just its proximity to this ancient city.
If you’re keen on outdoors activities then Cusco will provide for you in abundance. Take a hike up the extraordinary Rainbow Mountain or ride a horse through the land that surrounds the Templo de la Luna. You could also hike up the hill and check out Cristo Blanco and the ruins of Saqsayhuaman.
Cusco certainly has no shortage of things to do but if you find yourself at a loss, simply hop in a colectivo and head out to one of the villages in the Sacred Valley for yet more adventure. The towns of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Lares and Urubamba all offer a great insight into how the indigenous communities of Peru live nowadays. In these towns you will find a central market, ruins, hiking routes and a few local restaurants selling traditional Andean dishes. In Lares you will also find some incredible hot springs to soak in.
Iquitos is the other end of the spectrum to Cusco. Instead of altitude and mountain air, you have the sultry heat of the jungle and a plethora of exotic wildlife. In Iquitos you will be able to experience a different side of Peruvian culture. Learn all about the traditional medicines used by the indigenous jungle tribes and see how they have assimilated into the jungle and live in harmony with their natural surroundings.
If you are interested in wildlife then a trip to the butterfly farm or the manatee rescue centre is a must. You can also take a boat to Monkey Island and see these adorable little creatures swing from the trees above your head. Take some bananas with you and you will be a hit with the island’s inhabitants.
In the evenings, check out the town. The days are usually too hot for the locals to spend much time outside but once the sun starts to set, the streets start buzzing with activity. The main plaza and boulevard will be filled with young Peruvians eating ice cream and catching up with friends.
The main thing to do in Iquitos is to take an Amazon River cruise. This is the best and most comfortable way to see the Amazon rainforest. LATAM's direct flight from Cusco to Iquitos will now make it even easier to hop on board a cruise.
Take the time to visit the mountains and the jungle and you will create a vacation you will never forget. For more information about booking an Amazon River cruise or flying direct from Cusco to Iquitos, please contact us, or call us 1-888-215-3555.