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Connected to the outside world by boat and plane, Iquitos is the largest city on the planet that cannot be reached by road. Founded in the 1750´s as a Jesuit mission, it wasn´t until the rubber boom of late 19th century that Iquitos grew into the main Amazonian Port that it is today. Since then Iquitos´s economy has grown off the back of the regions rich natural resources, mainly timber, wildlife and most recently petroleum. Travelers use Iquitos as a launch pad for excursions into the Amazon Rainforest, though most decide that the city deserves a few days in itself.
Boats run daily from various ports in Peru, and journeys can take anywhere between 12 hours to a week.
Several flights run daily from the capital Lima to Iquitos.
Rainfall and temperatures do not vary much throughout the year in the tropical climate of Iquitos. However June to September offers slightly better weather for visiting.