Iquitos Peru Is On Lonely Planet’s List Of Top Ten Cities To Visit In 2011

by Captain Bill

Iquitos Peru is the only city in South America on Lonely Planet’s list of Top 10 Cities to visit in 2011.

Lonely Planet puts Iquitos in it's top ten cities to visit in 2011

Ahhh Iquitos, our tropical Shangri la. Bordered and defined by three rivers. Hidden under the canopy of the Amazon rainforest, the culture of  Iquitos evolved isolated from the rest of Peru. There is no other place in the world like Iquitos.

This charming river port, jungle city on the fringe of civilization was a secret most travelers had not heard of. That all changed when the popular Lonely Planet Travel Guide announced they had “discovered” the wonders of Iquitos, and broadcast them around the world.

Lonely Planet says Iquitos Peru is…

“Pulsating with life, Iquitos’ latest boom is tourism: visitors may flock to reconnoitre the rainforest but taking time to imbibe Iquitos itself is imperative too. This is a sultry slice of Amazon life: Brazilian, Colombian, indigenous and expat. Clubs bounce to salsa and rock until the early hours with the vigour you’d expect of Peru’s jungle capital, but Iquitos is also a cultural hub: expect works by Peru’s top artists, opulent rubber-boom mansions and a museum on Amazon ethnography for starters. As a trading post for rainforest tribes, market mayhem and riverboat bustle are part of the package, all conspiring to fill the city with an addictive, round-the-clock energy.”

From Lonely Planet’s, Best In Travel 2011 Guide, the sixth annual compilation of best trends, destinations, journeys, and experiences for the upcoming year recommends, “The number one recommendation to do In 2011, is to hug a tree in the Amazon.”

A few other recommendations are;

  • Playing a round of Amazon adventure golf at the Amazon Golf Course, with piranhas biting in the water hazards, caiman sunning in the sand traps, and boas constricting in the rough
  • Iquitos is also known for its local beer, Iquiteña, considered by many to be one of Peru’s best brews
  • Iquitos is blessed with great artists, such as Francisco Grippa, Cliver Flores, Felipe Letterston, Francisco Montes
  • Shamans, ayahuasca, and ethno-medicinal botanical gardens
  • Hot Latin bands, such as Explosión, Ilusion, and Miel de Abeja
  • The Iquitos String Orchestra
  • Easy to use public transportation

We’ve been telling the world Iquitos Peru is one of South Americas greatest attractions for years. It’s good to know the travel experts at Lonely Planet agree with us.

Iquitos Peru is the only city in South America on Lonely Planet’s list of Top 10 Cities to visit in 2011.

Bill Grimes is president of Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises,… welcome to Iquitos Peru.

The Lonely Planet web site receives around 4.3 million visitors a month so this is a huge promotional boost for tourism in Iquitos. Let’s make the best of it and give them a reason to return in 2012.

Lonely Planet, Great River Amazon Raft Race One Of The Greatest Races To Watch Live;

Iquitos, One Of Lonely Planets Top Ten Best Value Destinations 2012;

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Edison Maguire December 1, 2010 at 11:46 am

Great news, Iquitos deserves it but I will never go back there if they open a MacDonalds !

Keep it as it is.

2 Captain Bill December 2, 2010 at 10:16 am

We all agree on this point.
Bill Grimes

3 Leo December 4, 2010 at 10:51 am

What distinguishes this blog from other blogs about Iquitos being chosen by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten cities to visit in 2011,is the passion you obviously have for Iquitos. You put a lot of thought in this blog, Bill.I’m looking forward to your next one.

4 Kristina December 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Now that the world knows about Iquitos, I hope Peru will keep it as it is. Edison’s right. Having McDonald’s or Starbucks there will ruin its appeal.

5 Jose May 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

I agree, a McDonald’s will spoils its charm.

6 Peru Vacation May 21, 2011 at 5:48 am

Iquitos is the best place to travel. I have already visit this place in my life 5 times. It is place have lots worth place.

7 Eddie Lalo Calderon July 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I agree. I lived there for 4 years and loved it! Please, Peruvian People, do not allow “any” American Chains in Iquitos! 🙂

8 Captain Bill July 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Hi Lalo, I completely agree. Fast food is the last thing we need but I suspect it will be out of our hands if and when the time comes.

9 Monty July 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Who needs McDonald’s when you have ARI’s Burgers!!!!!

10 Captain Bill July 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Good point Monty:)

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