Getting Around the Amazon Rainforest and River (more or less the same experience in Peru via Iquitos or Brazil via Manaus)
Most towns in the Amazon Basin have a port and an airstrip but almost never a serious road out, so transport options are necessarily limited. Fundamentally it’s clearly better to travel substantial distances by plane (say, over 50 miles) and make modest journeys by boat, not only for financial reasons but in order to fully absorb the stunning environment. However, time is also a factor of course as visitors with limited time will probably prefer to spend it partly in a plane and mostly in a canoe or walking, rather than sitting in a noisy river barge for a week.
A common and fun compromise is paying a bit over-the-top for a speedboat transfer.
For the family a small motor powered boat may be more efficient. Photo by Dirk Henker
The second must-do activity in the Amazon Rainforest is of course walking. Note the anti-snake boots. Photo of Jim by his guide