I recently traveled to Iquitos which is the largest city in the world inaccessible by road. You either fly (which I did) or take a 4 day boat trip. Since I was going to participate in a 118 mile long raft race I thought that would be enough river time. Iquitos was a interesting city, not the type of place I want to live for an extended period of time. It’s ridiculously hot and dirty. My town Chachapoyas is between 62 degrees and 68 degrees, thus I was dying in the heat! (View from the plane)
While in Iquitos I checked out the city and some of the foods that are not common where I live. Like BUGS!! I honestly don’t have a clue as to what type of bug they were. But I felt like Timon and Pumba in the Lion King!!
Here’s a little video…
We also checked out city. Here is a “floating market” which we learned after visiting it it only is a floating market during the rainy season. If you look at the house the water rose to this level last year. If you visit during the rainy season December to April you navigate the market (where I took the photo) in a boat.
The market had all kinds of interesting foods. Some legal, others not so legal…
Iquitos is more or less the “start” of the Amazon river. In the past the river flowed off into the distance of this photo. It now takes a different route. But the location of the river definitely had a influence on the formation of Iquitos.