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For all practical purposes, Iquitos is an island city, defined by water -- not just the mighty Amazon, which borders it to the west, but also a complex network of smaller rivers and streams, and a series of lakes just outside the city. The riverfront along the Amazon is a long boulevard, Malecón Tarapacá, with a pedestrian walkway. It reaches all the way from the focal point of downtown to the shabby but picturesque Belén district. Próspero is the main avenue of communication from the main square to residential zones south.

By Mototaxi & Taxi -- Motocarros are everywhere in Iquitos; if you don't mind the noise and wind in your face (and aren't worried about accidents), it's a great way to get around. In-town fares are S/2. Regular car taxis are only slightly less ubiquitous; most trips in town cost S/3.

By Bus -- Combis and omnibuses (buses) travel principal routes but are much less comfortable and not much less expensive than more convenient motocarros. The fare is S/1.

By Motorcycle -- If you want to travel around town as Iquiteños do, rent a small moto, or motorcycle. Try Visión Motos, Nauta 309 (tel. 065/234-759). Rates are about $45 per day or $5 per hour.

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By Foot -- Although the city is spread over several square miles, the core of downtown Iquitos is compact and easy to get around on foot, and even the waterfront Belén district is easy to walk to. Some hostels and hotels are a distance from the main square, though, requiring at least the occasional use of inexpensive motocarros.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.