Iquitos is linked to the outside world by air and by river only. It’s the worlds largest city that can’t be accessed by road.
We flew in to Iquitos from Lima.
We went there so we could access the mighty Amazon river.
There’s plenty going on in the city and there are loads of decent restaurants but because of it’s location everything has to be imported so costs tend to be a bit higher.
The ‘Yellow Rose of Texas’ restaurant is worth a visit, it has a very eclectic interior and the food is very good.
It’s also worth visiting the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm which is also the home of the Amazon Animal Orphanage. It’s located in Padre Cocha which is on the Nanay river so you will need to take a boat to access it.
Make sure your boat driver takes you to the right butterfly farm!
Here’s a message that currently appears on the original Pilpintuwasi butterfly farms web site:
For Our Visitors: Please know that a previous employee of the refuge has recently set up a new butterfly house and is offering boat-drivers commission to take visitors to this alternative centre rather than the real Pilpintuwasi. The true centre offers homes to a number of rescued animals in addition to the butterfly house.
View of the river at Padre Cocha.
Having a wander around Padre Cocha.
Drying out snake skins in the sun.
Me and a very large Anaconda. I couldn’t stand upright because it was so heavy.
Pepe the very colourful and friendly bird.
A very cute Manatee at the Amazon Rescue Centre. I didn’t realise how soft to the touch these animals are.
Hello. Please feed me.
I bet the first thing you looked at was his hair??
My little mate.
I drank gallons of this stuff.
Here’s a screen shot of some of the photographs I took while I was in Peru / Amazon: