Cheap Flights to Iquitos Airport
If you've ever wanted to explore the Amazon, this is your chance. Skyscanner can help you find the cheapest airfare to Iquitos Airport (IQT), about 10 kilometres from the riverside city of Iquitos. Officially known as Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International, this is the only way in or out of Iquitos, except by navigating the Amazon River. To find that cheap airfare, pull up the Whole Month Search screen so you can compare four weeks of prices at once. Select a date, pick an itinerary and book your flight. Hotel accommodations or a car rental, if needed, may also be booked. Then it's off to explore this very wild place.
Getting to Iquitos Airport
Flights to Iquitos Airport are available from Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Quebec, with most itineraries having two stops. The preferred routings have connections in Mexico City, Mexico, Lima, Peru, and Miami, Florida. A few routes go through one of the airports in New York. Watch for the "Change Airport" notation on these flights. That means you must take ground transportation from one New York airport to another, which makes your trip longer. Flights are on airlines in the LATAM Airline Group, which coordinates flights on carriers such as Aeromexico, Peruvian Airlines, American Airlines and more. Codesharing, where you book an itinerary on one airline and fly on two or more partner carriers, is common. The flight itinerary screen notes which carriers are used on a routing.
Iquitos Airport is on the small side, with only one terminal, and is rarely busy. It's a regional facility, with many of its flights connecting to other small regional airports and villages that have no land access. Arriving and departing passengers share the terminal, which does have a café, bar, an ATM and even WiFi. Pick up a free map and brochure at the Peru Tourist Information Desk before leaving the airport.
Rental cars are available but the most popular way to get around town is the motocarro, a three-wheeled motorcycle with passenger seating in the back. It's easier to negotiate the city traffic in these open-air vehicles and less expensive. A motocarro ride from the airport into the centre of Iquitos averages a little over $4.00 CAD, while a taxi is closer to $8.00 CAD for the 30-minute trip. Currency is the Peruvian sol.
Things to do in Iquitos
- You'll find the Mercado de Belen an unusual shopping experience. The city's oldest farmers' market, it's a massive collection of open-air shops and rustic buildings fronting the Itaya River. Many structures are up on stilts to protect them from flooding during the rainy season. Try local foods and find some handmade souvenirs.
- History lovers, find your way to the Museum of Historic Boats. Explore the collection of river craft that was once used by rubber barons and workers to make their way to the plantations deep in the jungle. Boats were also used to transport rubber throughout the Amazon. The Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures takes you back to a time before the rubber trade started, exploring the lives and traditions of native people.
- Eco-Tours are popular, some of them having cruise itineraries that last up to four or five days. One favourite is the cruise to find the pink river dolphins in Pacaya Samina. Most are born pale pink or light gray, but the colour deepens with age.