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The Peruvian Amazon (north): Fact file

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When to go

The high water season runs from December through May. It is hot in the Amazon any time of year. During the high water season the average temperature is over 30°C.

The high level of the rivers means that every river, creek and lake is navigable. You will get to explore more of the waterways of Amazonia, and will have access to plant life and wildlife area that you might miss during the low water season You are likely to see many more mammals, both monkeys and others, during the high water season.

The low water season runs from June to November). Trails and jungle paths that are flooded from December to May are now easily accessible, allowing you to explore deep in the jungle (accompanied by fewer mosquitoes than during the high water season). 

Language

Spanish.

Getting local currency

Peruvian Nuevo Sol. There are banks and ATMs in Iquitos where notes in local currency or US dollars can be withdrawn using a UK credit or debit card. Several money exchange offices exchange US dollars cash but the rate may be poor).

Time difference

GMT -5 hours.

Getting there

From Lima to Iquitos a flight takes 1 hour 15 mins.

Combines with

Lima (1 hr 15 minutes by air to Iquitos). 

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