To attend our retreats you will need to travel to Iquitos in Peru. We are not responsible for your international and domestic travel but we can certainly advise you if you have any questions.
Flying to Peru
Currently all flights to Peru go through Lima, the capital of Peru on the west coast. Unfortunately flights to Peru are not usually cheap, but if you shop around and book early there are sometimes some good deals to be found. Usually the later you book, the more expensive it is.
The main airlines that fly direct to Lima from Europe are KLM (via Schippol in Amsterdam) and LAN, Air Europa, Iberia (via Madrid). Air France also fly to Lima from Paris. There are sometimes good deals to be found from flights that go from Europe via North America.
From North Amercica
For flights from North America check out Spirit Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Continental and Air Canada.
There are currently no direct flights between Australia and Peru. Most Australians seem to fly here via Buenos Aires in Argentina.
Flying to Iquitos
Iquitos is completely surrounded by the Amazon rainforest, and the only way to get here is by boat or plane. Unless you’re an experienced traveller we definitely don’t recommend you take the boat, which takes about 4 or 5 days usually from either Tarapoto or Pucallpa (the food is also pretty bad).
We strongly recommend that you fly to Iquitos from Lima which is about a 1 hour 30 minute flight. There are currently 3 domestic airlines that run daily flights between Lima and Iquitos. These are LAN, Star Peru and Peruvian Airlines.
LAN is usually the most expensive airline, particularly if you’re a foreigner, because they charge different (more expensive) rates for foreigners than they do for Peruvian residents. Usually the best deals are with Peruvian Airlines where you can often book a round-trip for as little as $120.
Here are their websites:
Arriving in Iquitos
When you arrive at Iquitos Airport you will need to take a Taxi into the city, which is about 15 minutes away from the airport. We recommend that you make a hotel or hostel reservation before you arrive so that you know exactly where you’re going. Taxi drivers will often try to recommend other hotels (where they get a commission) but just say a polite but firm no to their recommendations.
Here are a few of the hotels and hostels we recommend:
Staying in Lima
Many international flights to Lima arrive in the evening after the last flights to Iquitos so you will often need to stay at least one night in Lima before flying to Iquitos.
Lima has a reputation for being a rather dangerous city and that’s certainly true in parts, but there are some parts of Lima that are modern and relatively safe. The nicest and safest part of Lima to stay in is Mira Flores which is about a 30 or 40 minute drive from the airport depending on traffic. Most hotels and good hostels will pick you up from the airport if you arrange it with them (and we recommend you do).
To find really good hostels and budget hotels we recommend using the www.hostelworld.com website where you can see the overall ratings of the best hostels in Lima.