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           AND ASSISTANCE       

The official Peruvian government's Comisión de Promoción del Perú (PROMPERÚ) has an IPERU office several blocks north of the main square (Plaza de Armas) and at the airport.  English, Spanish and French are spoken. Open daily from 8 am - 1 pm and 4 pm - 8 pm, including Sundays.
Corner of Loreto and Raymondi
Phone (+51 65) 26-0251


For such a large city, Iquitos is surprisingly safe.  This is part of the Amazonian culture in that the people are basically very honest and have much respect for human life.  However, there are a few dangerous areas that should be avoided, especially when alone or at night.  These dangerous areas include the lower part of Belen, the Port of Mazusa, and  San Juan near the fire station close to the airport.  Most crimes involve non-violent thefts such as from pick-pockets, street money changers, or independent tour guides.  It is recommended not to leave cash in your hotel room or to venture out alone late at night.

Peruvian National Police for Tourism:
Calle Sargento Lores 834
Tel. (065) 242081 - Cel. 9935932

          INTERNET CAFES           

In city center of Iquitos, there is an internet cafe (cabina) on almost every block, especially near the Plaza de Armas.  Hourly rates are usually around two soles per hour. Internet cafes often offer other services as well, such as telephones (locutorios),  transferring your  digital camera images to CDs, and printing services.  

         TRAVEL AGENCIES        

Travel agencies offering airline flights, jungle lodge accom-modations, and jungle excursions are especially common on the first few blocks of Prospero Street.  It is recommended that all services are clearly spelled out in a contract issued by the travel agency.  Moreover, be sure to get a receipt for your payment (a boleta or factura). Many independent tour guides do not issue receipts and if something goes wrong with your tour, you will have no legal recourse.  Therefore, it is recommended that you deal exclusively with licensed travel agencies.

         STAYING HEALTHY         

In the city center, there are very few mosquitoes and consequently malaria is not as prevalent as it is in areas outside of the city.  Therefore, it is not recommended to take antimalarials unless you plan on spending overnight outside of the city.  Some contraceptive drugs for malaria, such as Lariam, are notorious for causing side effects such as nightmares and headaches many weeks after taking the drug. Preventative measures such as repellents, long-sleeved shirts and mosquito nets are normally all that is required.

  • Some recommend getting yellow fever vaccinations ten days before arriving in the jungle.  In Brazil, authorities will demand proof of vaccination before allowing entry.

  • If you need antimalarial drugs, you can obtain them free of charge from the Ministry of Health at the local hospitals. 

  • The local tap water is not safe for consumption.  Therefore, it is suggested to only drink boiled or bottled water.

  • Traditional Amazonian medicines ranging from aphrodisiacs to ayahuasca can be purchased in the Pasaje Paquito inside the Belén market.

  • If you do need medical attention, the Clinica Adventista Ana Stahl on Avenida La Marina 285 is highly recommended as it has modern medical facilities and some of the best medical staff in Iquitos.  


Iquitos is the only city in the region with banks and no banking services are available between Iquitos, Peru and Leticia, Colombia.  Banks are normally open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday and until noon on Saturdays. ATM (Automatic Teller Machines) are available 24 hours around the Plaza de Armas, and on first few blocks of Prospero Street.


It is recommended that you avoid exchanging money in the street as the money changers (cambistas) are notorious for cheating foreigners, especially on the corner of Prospero and Morona, a block away from the police station.  After dark, you are virtually guaranteed of being short-changed.  Incredibly, the police will do nothing if you are cheated, obviously being bribed.  It is better to change money in your  hotel, banks, and currency exchange offices such as the Chinos on Prospero near Sargento Lores.  Often the highest rates of exchange can be found in the local casinos.


Iquitos cuisine in a wonderful mix of indigenous Amazonian and traditional Peruvian dishes.  If you like, you can experience exotic dishes such as caiman (lagarto), paca (majas), and wild boar (huangana).  Local fish specialties include piranha (piraña), paiche and gamitana.  You can even encounter endangered species such as monkeys and boas for sale in the Belen market.  Although their consumption is not recommended for obvious reasons.


In finer restaurants and hotels it is common to give tips to the staff for food and services.  Most Peruvians do not usually tip in normal restaurants.  However, a small tip can make a big difference in the lives of the staff who are most commonly notoriously underpaid. 


There are several handicraft markets in the Iquitos area.  The first is located just below the "Boulevard" on the Amazon River malecon, near the Napo Street.  The second is located across the Plaza Roja in San Juan on the highway to the airport and is called the Mercado Artesanal.  In the rear to the left, you can observe authentic Shipibo Indians creating their indigenous works of art. 


There is no American consulate in Iquitos.  However, a local barkeep has become infamous for presently himself as such.  Please beware of local gringo conmen presenting themselves as U.S. consular staff members. 

Official Foreign Consulates:

BRAZIL: Calle Sargento Lores Nº 363, telephone: 23-5151.

GERMANY: Honorary Consul Sr. Max Axel Druschke, Calle Casilla 475, telephone: 24-2056. E-mail:

COLOMBIA: Dr. Manuel Antonio Baquero Soler, Calvo de Araujo 431, telephone: 23-6246. E-mail:

SPAIN: Sr. Ing. Walter Boria Rubio, Putumayo 567, telephone:  23-1608.

ITALY: Sr. Bach. Adm. Federico Marco Ventre Ferro, Putumayo 803, telephone: 23-3435.


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