How to Get to the Amazon in Peru
The Peruvian Amazon Cruises operate out of Nauta, Peru or Iquitos, Peru, depending on itinerary and water levels. The Iquitos airport is called Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport– IQT. To get to the Peruvian Amazon, you cannot fly direct internationally to Iquitos airport. Instead you must first take an international flight to Lima, Peru (Jorge Chavez International Airport– LIM) and from there you can then take a domestic flight to Iquitos. To get to Nauta, you must fly to Iquitos and travel 1.5 hours by car.
International Flights to Lima
Direct Flights to Lima from North America
North American visitors will depart from New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Toronto, and Mexico – these cities all offer direct flights to Lima. Air Canada flies direct to Lima from Toronto, the flight is 8 hours long, with no time change. Flying direct to Lima from the US ranges between a 6-9 hour flight, depending where you depart from. The airlines that fly direct to Lima are: American Airlines, United, Delta, LAN, Air Canada and Avianca.
Direct Flights to Lima from Europe
Travelers from Europe who are planning an Amazon trip will find that direct flights to Lima are available from a number of cities: Paris, Amsterdam, London and Madrid. Flights with connections are also available at these locales. KLM flies 12 hours direct to Lima from Amsterdam, while Air France will take you from Paris. Madrid operates with Iberia, LAN and Air Europa. If you need any help booking these flights, we work closely with South American flight specialists Exito Travel, who can coordinate international (and domestic) flights to seamlessly tie in with your cruise itinerary.
Flights From Lima to the Peruvian Amazon
Once you've reached Lima, there are three main airlines that fly to Iquitos, LATAM, Avianca and Peruvian Airlines. From Lima, the flight to Iquitos is 1 hour and 55 minutes. It's important to note that cruises generally have a set of recommended flights that best tie in with their cruise itineraries, ensuring the easy coordination of transfers for all their passengers in one go.
Please check with your Travel Specialist for recommended flight information. We always recommend flying with LATAM airlines. Please ask your travel specialist before booking any flights because many of the cruises have recommended flights they prefer you to take, in order to seamlessly board your Amazon cruise. The last thing you want is unnecessarily waiting around at the airport, or missing your Amazon cruise!
Transfers to/from Iquitos airport (Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport– IQT) may be included in the price of your cruise. Please contact our team to discover the special circumstances for your chosen cruise and departure. The total transfer time is approximately 20 minutes to Iquitos and 1.5 hours to Nauta. Transfer vehicle is an air-conditioned van. Most of our cruises dock in Nauta, so be prepared for a drive once you arrive to Iquitos.
For more information about booking a flight to Peru or an Amazon River tour, please contact us or call 1-888-215-3555.