Airfare to Iquitos, Peru
Iquitos is the city at the start of the Peruvian Amazon. It is hot and humid, with ample opportunities to get out and explore the exotic wildlife of the Amazon with the plentiful offerings of canopy tours, both multi-day and half-day trips.
Airfare to Iquitos will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Quito, Ecuador. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. LAN Peru is the national airline. However, Star Peru, TANS Peru and other airlines also stop in Iquitos.
The most expensive air tickets to Iquitos are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Quito, Ecuador and traveling overland to Iquitos via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Iquitos, check out BootsnAll’s Peru Travel Guide.