From Lima, it took an overnight bus and 5 days on a cargo boat to reach Iquitos. Getting back took about 2.5 hours on a 757 (I made up the 757 part, I have no fucking clue what kind of plane it was, but it was big and fast). You can easily book tickets from Iquitos through one of several airlines. We flew Peruvian Air for about $85 each. Well worth it to save a week of travel. Plus, you get to see the jungle from the air, which is worth it after being down there. It’s incredible. Nothing but impenetrable green jungle all the way to the horizon in every direction.
Posts tagged: Jungle
After five days travelling downriver from Pucallpa, we reached Iquitos, the largest city on earth not connected by roads. Home to over 400,000 people, Iquitos is actually a pretty big, and pretty nice city(considering where you are).
There are only two ways to travel into the Peruvian Amazon: fly or catch a ride downriver on a cargo ship from Pucallpa. If you’ve got the time to take the boat here’s what you do:
While we were in Pucallpa killing time I decided that I wanted to buy some tobacco and papers to roll my own cigarettes. It’s fun and its a good way to waste time while slowly killing yourself (don’t smoke kids, it’s bad for you and will only make you look cool, not be cool). This is generally a pretty easy request. Even in the poorest places, and especially in the poorest places, it is pretty easy to go to a liquor store and pick up a pouch of shitty tobacco and some papers. Not in Pucallpa.