More about Iquitos
Why go to Iquitos?
Areas like the fascinating Belen district offer a glimpse of local life
There are few must-see sights or great restaurants, and some historic buildings seem to be crumbling
The city is a good spot for people watching without the crowds or expense of mass tourism
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The local currency is the Peruvian nuevo sol. There are several banks with ATMs near the Plaza de Armas. Note that before flying to Iquitos most passengers pass through the Lima airport, where there are numerous ATMs and change bureaus. There are also several ATMs in the departures area of the Iquitos airport, near the check-in counters.
Spanish is the local language, and if you don't know it, you might want to bring a phrasebook or use a translation app on your phone. We found that even some locals who frequently encounter tourists (such as hotel staff, waiters and tour guides) didn't speak much English.