Three cheers, 21 gun salute, Lonely Planet gave Iquitos more love by naming our charming city to their Top Ten Best Value Destinations for 2012.
Best value does not mean cheapest because Iquitos shares the list with Japan, Northeastern United States, and San Fransisco.
Last year Lonely Planet included Iquitos in their list of Top 10 Cites To Visit In 2011. This year Iquitos is one of the top ten value destinations.
Lonely Planet also gives Dawn on the Amazon more love with the live link for Iquitos going to Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises. Thank you Lonely Planet. I love you too.
Here is what they say;
“If past years (or recessions) have sucked up your travel budget, plan smart and get more bang for your buck in these value destinations, from Lonely Planet…”
6. Iquitos, Peru
“Booking a five-day Amazon cruise from abroad can run to US$3500 per person, not including flights. That can be cut at least in half by dealing directly with folks in Iquitos – the world’s biggest city not reachable by road. Local outfits can tailor trips to venture into piranha fishing spots, look for pink dolphins in the wildlife-rich Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve (stopping at native villages to mingle with Amazonians) or reach the rustic Otorongo Lodge on the Colombian border. Meanwhile, Iquitos is interesting in itself: Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower) fame came to build rubber baron’s mansions. The best time to visit is October or November, when it’s still dry but before summer crowds.”
“For examples of trips on offer, check out Dawn on the Amazon.”
Check out the full list of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Best Value Destinations.
Iquitos is one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Best Value Destinations in 2012
Bill Grimes reporting from Iquitos Peru, a popular place to be. This story was picked up by Fox News, Huffington Post, and just about every travel web site on the planet. We are playing in the big time.