29.01.2013 - 03.02.2013
In order to get to Brazil, we decided to take a boat ride down the Amazon, an adventure that started in Iquitos. I couldn't recommend this more!!!! $100 gets you 3 nights floating down the river on a huge cargo boat; 3 meals/day included (don't expect variation). All you had to bring was your own hammock.
Day 1: Fly Lima → Iquitos
Hostel (10 soles)
Hammock (27 soles)
Note: there were cheaper and more expensive hammocks based on quality
Tip #1: buy rope to tie your hammock up with!!! We were not clued in on this... luckily someone had extra for us.
Day 2: Iquitos → Santa Rosa → Tabatinga, Brazil/Leticia, Colombia
Speedboat to Santa Rosa, leaves 6am arrives 4pm (200 soles)
Short boat ride to Tabatinga, Brazil/Leticia, Colombia (5 soles)
Hostel (15 reais)
Tip #2: get your exit/entry stamps at the immigration offices in Santa Rosa (Peru), and Tabatinga (Brazil)
Tip #3: unless anything has changed, the only thing separating Brazil and Colombia is a yellow/black traffic marker in the middle of the street - with no sign. So don't be surprised if the time, language, and currency all change on you after simply crossing the street.
Day 3-6: Amazon!
Tip #4: get to the dock early to buy your ticket and get in line for the boat so you can get a good spot to hang your hammock!
Note: Go for the middle level (top level is the bar/food/hang out area and the bottom level was so crowded it had hammocks hanging above hammocks)
Tip #5: bring a book. or two.
Tip #6: also make sure to bring a lock for your bag (there are no lockers, so keep the important stuff with you always!)
enjoy boat life