Peru’s Gateway To The Amazon! A Trip To Iquitos! #Wanderlust! Four Amazing Places In The World To Explore!

Celebrating #Wanderlust!

You may know that I LOVE TO TRAVEL. All kinds of travel. From this:

To this – what’s next is the video from our Orient Express Train Trip from Italy into Budapest – and at the time I thought it would be a great idea to capture the classic steam engine that took us into the city – you’ll see what happens:

This video doesn’t exist

Yes, I smoked us out for a bit, but as I said, I love the high AND the lows in travel. And virtually everything in between.

Oh, and if you need to see more Orient Express travel RIGHT NOW, you can click here for a refresher course on why it’s the most magical adventure ever:

So why am I sharing this? Because I saw this photo and needed to go there NOW:

Iquitos – Peru’s Amazon Jungle Region!

This picture hooked me – a jungle suspension bridge – count me in! So, I needed to find out where it was! And it turn out it is here:

Welcome To Peru!

It turns out the suspension bridge is near the city of Iquitos, Peru…and guess what? It’s right near the Amazon, and so remote that you can’t drive to it!

Isn’t this exactly how you’d imagine traveling through the Amazon?

Iquitos is in the north-eastern region of Peru and is the largest city in the world that cannot be accessed by road – travel to the city is only possible via flight or river boat.

I found gorgeous photo after gorgeous photo of this region, and now I must go!

I found a website that describes it this way:

“Iquitos is a living breathing bustling fascinating example of a jungle city, and the city itself is a tourist destination due to the colourful mansions dotted around the city centre that are leftovers from the millionaires that lived here during the rubber-boom of the early 20th century.

However most visitors to Iquitos would be using the city as a transit point for cruises up the Amazon, or for lodge tours to visit the Amazon Jungle in the region surrounding the city. This region is home to some fantastic high-standard lodges.”

Oh, and would you like an example of a “high-standard lodge?” Here you go:

Boom! The site continued with more information on that amazing suspension bridge I showed earlier – need another shot? OK!

The Iquitos Canopy Walkway!

Here’s how they describe this:

“One of the benefits of visiting the Amazon in the Iquitos region of Peru is this is the only region of Peru where it is possible to visit the true “Amazon River”, as opposed to a tributary of the Amazon, so if sailing down the vast Amazon River is something you want to tick off your bucket-list, then you must visit this region. The river also contains wildlife not found in some of the smaller tributaries, so spotting for rare pink river dolphins is possible in this region. In addition to the fantastic lodges in this region there are also some excellent excursions, including piranha fishing!”

Piranha? Count me in!

OK, so I have added Iquitos to my #wanderlust list, and you can find more of the information I found here:

See you at the Amazon!

As I said, during this #QuarantineLife, I’ve had a lot of #wanderlust.

So, here are three more places that reside on my list of “must see” locations – like “The Rock Of Gibraltar!”

Two things fascinate me about this rock – first, it has tunnels inside and second, it has monkeys!

Need more? Check out my story, with pictures of the tunnels inside Gibraltar, by clicking here:

I love nature, and I love bridges…like this one:

A “Bridge Of Hands!”

Intrigued? So was I! Click here to find out more about the “Golden Hands” bridge:

Sometimes a bridge isn’t a bridge – because it’s a corkscrew!

Well, I’d go around in circles soon this bridge in Denmark – and you can as well – click here to see more:

This is what #wanderlust is all about…

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18 replies

  1. I do hope you get to Peru. Your wanderlust has given your readers gorgeous photos and information. I want to cross the bridge of hands!

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  2. I would love to visit Peru, John. One of my stories in the new anthology, Spellbound is set in ancient Peru and I did some research about it.

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  3. Peru looks absolutely gorgeous, definitely adding to my list!!

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  4. Wanderlust is something we share. You’ve been around. — There was a friend who asked me how many countries I’ve been to. I hadn’t thought of it before. One day I counted. How many for you?
    I was daydreaming with a friend earlier last week. We both found a place that I would love to see–I’ve an itch to visit Chile. There’s a German influence in Chile. Lots of migrating and immigrants went there (other than Nazis) during the top of the 20th century due to Anti-German sentiments and Penochet’s regime. Anyway, it looks like a perfect place to visit. Chile.

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    • You know, I have never been to South America at all! That’s why this Peruvian trance to the Amazon enticed me…as for # f countries…off the top of my head I’ve came up with 19…now I have to really think it through but I think that’s close! What wa yours?


      • 16. I’ve been to quite a few European cities 2 and 3 times over the years. I didn’t count airports where I never left the airport/plane. I’ll be going to S.Africa in 2022 and I hope when I retire to go to Chile and around Cape Horn. I’d like to see more of Australia and spend a couple weeks exploring New Zealand. Too many places and too little time (and $). Have you ever thought about going around the world on a cruise? Only $22k 🙂

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      • Yes, I’ve been to France and England many many times, but some are just one time only and I want to get back – Australia a great example of that…youhave some great places planned…my wife and I have avoided big mega cruise ships but I love the idea of sleeping at night and waking up in a new place, and avoiding airports!


      • I like the smaller ones like National Geographic or Viking cruises. They are more educational and less like a Princess or loud ship.

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      • That’s what I think I’d like Cindy – perhaps a river cruise or a smaller Mediterranean one with a more specific itinerary…but would spending a year on a boat going all the way around the world be interesting? Perhaps one day! Glad you are staying safe during this pandemic!


  5. I hope you get to the Amazon, John. I have wanted to see it ever since I watched the film ‘Fitzcarraldo’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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