Iquitos sits in the jungle of northern Peru and is the largest city on Earth unconnected to any other by road. This means that to access the city, the majority of visitors arrive at the small Iquitos airport ready to begin their tour of the Amazon Rainforest.
There are some great Iquitos Amazon lodges to choose from and we have made a list of the best lodges to visit from Iquitos to make the most of your time in the jungle.
The following Amazon lodges include transfers to and from Iquitos airport, your meals according to your itinerary, and guided excursions into the rainforest according to your itinerary.
The Tahuayo Lodge & Amazon Research Center
The Tahuayo Lodge is consistently ranked as the top Amazon Rainforest lodge in northern Peru. This Rainforest Alliance certified lodge provides comfortable accommodation, excellent personalized service, expert private rainforest guides, a custom itinerary and tasty meals. On tours of 6-days and over, you will visit both the main Tahuayo Lodge and Tahuayo River Amazon Research Center for some incredible wildlife sightings.
The Tahuayo Lodge is perfectly positioned by the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve, which is a protected areas of Amazon Rainforest 150 km from Iquitos city. The Tahuayo Reserve covers around 420,000 hectares (1,038,000 acres) of flooded and non-flooded tropical forest. The reserve was established to protect the range of the rare red uakari monkeys, which some lucky visitors can see on guided reserve hikes.
From the Tahuayo Lodge, enjoy a custom itinerary and private guide, which means you can shape your experience to your interests and personality. Enjoy canoeing, hiking, more relaxing wildlife walks, and scouting for the incredible wildlife living within the reserve.
The Tahuayo Lodge has a minimum stay of 4 days, however, you will need 6-days to visit both the Tahuayo Lodge and Tahuayo River Amazon Research Center. In addition to exploring the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve over this time, you can enjoy the largest canopy zipline in the Amazon Rainforest. This also doubles as a canopy tower to see over the rainforest.
On tours of 6 days or more, you can visit the Tahuayo River Amazon Research Center in addition to the main Tahuayo Lodge. The research center has a 1,000 acre primate research grid, which you can visit to see an abundance of rainforest monkeys. Your guide will help you spot the different animals living on the grid, including howler monkeys, sakis, tamarins, titi monkeys, squirrel monkeys, capuchins, coatis, and marmosets.
The area’s birdlife is astounding and living within the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve you can find 600 different species. This means the reserve is home to more bird species than most countries. Head out on forest walks and canoe tours to find macaw parrots, toucans, cotingas, hoatzins, tanagers, horned screamers, parakeets, oropendolas, kingfishers and many more.
From the Tahuayo Lodge, you can also visit a poison dart frog conservation area to find the different colorful frogs. This is often a favorite activity. Other favorite sightings include pink river dolphins, giant otters, sloths, caiman crocodiles and several different monkeys.
The Muyuna Lodge
Offering shorter tours than the Tahuayo Lodge above, the Muyuna Lodge is best suited to tours of 3 to 5 days. Enjoy small group tours of the surrounding rainforest to find a diversity of Amazon Rainforest animals and plants.
From the Muyuna Lodge, enjoy guided excursions to find different monkeys, sloths, pink dolphins, and night spotting for caiman crocodilians.
Excursions from the lodge can include medicinal plant walks, scouting for a range of rainforest wildlife, nocturnal walks, canoe tours, visiting the nearby village, camping, seeing giant water lilies, and exploring nearby lakes.
The Muyuna Lodge is in a great area for birdwatching and a great choice if you only have less than a week available to explore the Amazon. Enjoy exploring the lake to find cormorants, horned screamers, kingfishers, herons, panguanas, parrots, and jacanas in the areas close to the lodge. You will explore Lake Moena to find the resident hoatzins. The lakes are also great places to find different monkeys, which often come to the area to feed from the fruits and new shoots in the mornings.
Enjoy being expertly guided through the Amazon Rainforest to find different animals and be amazed by the giant emergent trees, such as the impressive Ceibas. In addition to the animals, you will also enjoy seeing other plants, such as bromeliads, orchids, and colorful flowers.
The Muyuna Lodge itself is located in an area surrounded by nature with few tourists and is a small rainforest lodge. The lodge offers single bungalows, double or matrimonial bungalows, and family accommodation. The regular departures are in small groups, however, you can also ask for a private guide and specific programs, such as dedicated birdwatching tours.
The Otorongo Lodge
The Otorongo Lodge is located in an area of Iquitos Amazon Rainforest away from the majority of other tourist lodges. Although in a slightly less wildlife-rich area than the above lodges, there is still plenty of animals and plants to see. The lodge is also involved with the restoration of surrounding forest to directly benefit rainforest conservation.
From the Otorongo Lodge, you will enjoy a custom itinerary and private guide to explore the Amazon. Explore the rainforest of boating and hiking excursions traveling deep into Amazonia.
The Otorongo Lodge itself is composed of rustic cabins with 12 spacious rooms in total. The single and double rooms have private bathrooms. Each area is fitted with fine meshing to protect against insects to make sure you’re comfortable on your stay. The lodge also accommodates families in the Family Suite and includes a dining room, hammock room for relaxation, and a modern kitchen where tasty food is prepared.
Explore the rainforest around the Otorongo Lodge to see giant Ceiba trees and lily pads, many rainforest monkeys, pink river dolphins, sloths, peccary, and colorful birds. The birds you can see on tours from the Otorongo Lodge include parrots, eagles, toucans, herons, hoatzins, and the famous macaws flying over the rainforest.
Your tour from the Otorongo Lodge can be shaped around you, as you will be assigned a private guide and a custom itinerary. You can then choose from a list of itinerary options or provide your own ideas, such as birdwatching, scouting for specific animals and plants, or adventure.
The ExplorNapo Lodge
The ExplorNapo Lodge is best enjoyed on a 5 day / 4 night program, which includes two nights at the Explorama Lodge mentioned below.
Enjoy different walks through the rainforest to see Amazon Rainforest animals and plants. Explore the Lakeside Trail at the Explorama Lodge then deep trails from the ExplorNapo Lodge.
In addition to exploring the rainforest on forest walks and canoe tours, you will also enjoy the fantastic Canopy Walkway. The walkway provides a superb platform for observing different colorful birds and even monkeys moving through the trees. The canopy walkway extends 500 meters (1,600 feet) through the rainforest and reaches 35 meters (115 feet) from the forest floor.
Enjoy exploring the rainforest on small-group expeditions to find many different rainforest animals and plants. Explore different lakes, including a black water lake near the ExplorNapo Lodge to see giant Victoria Regia water lilies and the fascinating hoatzin birds.
As part of your 5 day / 4 night itinerary at the Explorama Lodge and ExplorNapo Lodge, you will also visit the nearby communities for cultural exchanges to visit the clinic and school. The local people are known as ribereños in Peru and live around the rivers and waterways.
The ExplorNapo Lodge is positioned towards the east of Iquitos and is in a fantastic place for birdwatching. From the ExplorNapo Lodge, you can also combine the experience with an even deeper lodge to spend a night at the ACTS Field Station.
The Explorama Lodge
The Explorama Lodge is best suited to Amazon Rainforest tours of 3 or 4 days. On the 4-day itinerary, you can enjoy a full day experience at the fantastic Canopy Walkway. This is not only a great place to see over and into the rainforest canopy, but provides a platform for birdwatching and even seeing different monkeys and sloths high in the trees.
There are different trails around the Explorama Lodge, which lead you past some interesting sections of rainforest. One of these areas has set records for tree diversity according to studies by the Missouri Botanical Garden.
The Explorama Lodge itself is composed of 40 different jungle rooms and each is equipped with its own private bathroom. The lodge has a typical construction in keeping with the style of the nearby rainforest communities. The lodge is screened against insects to keep you comfortable when you’re relaxing after your rainforest expeditions. In addition to the accommodation, the lodge has a dining room, Tahuampa Bar, and restaurant. There is also a hammock area where you can relax with a book or simply enjoy the ambience of the lodge and rainforest.
Enjoy exploring the rainforest on guided small-group rainforest tours. Explore on forest walks and boating expeditions, which will be dependent on the water level.
The Ceiba Tops Lodge
The Ceiba Tops Lodge is a rainforest lodge very close to Iquitos. Although the wildlife and species-richness is not comparable to the top of this list, Ceiba Tops still provides a great introduction to the rainforest if you only have 1 or 2 nights available. The lodge even supports the closest stand of hardwood trees to the city itself.
Enjoy short walks through the rainforest to the private reserve of primary Amazon Rainforest and to a nearby lake. Enjoy exploring the waterways near the Ceiba Tops Lodge to find either of the two different freshwater dolphins and different frogs and insects.
On tours of 4 days, you can also enjoy a visit to the Canopy Walkway. This is an impressive walks stretching 500 meters (1,600 feet) through the rainforest and reaching 35 meters (115 feet) from the forest floor. Not only a great place to simply observe the rainforest canopy, enjoy spotting different colorful birds and maybe even some monkeys and sloths making their way through the trees.
Although not offering the wildlife of the lodges at the top of this list, the Ceiba Tops Lodge provides a great experience for visitors not wanting to get too deep in the rainforest. It’s also a great option for visitors wanting the home comforts and facilities of a resort-style complex close to Iquitos city. In addition to excursions in surrounding rainforest, you can relax at the lodge in different common areas, your suite, and enjoy the lodge swimming pool and water slide.