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> Iquitos to Santa Rosa/Tabatinga
bsuarez
post Nov 11 2009, 11:43 PM
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So I just managed to book a flight into Iquitos that lands next Wednesday and despite how much research Ive done on boats in Iquitos, there seems to be many different answers on what might be my best path to get to the tri-border area. As I am travelling alone, the answer is a bit more difficult for me as baggage safety is the concern for peace of mind. Please help me decide on what I should do.

I hear that slow boats have launches every day usually at night at it would take three days in total to get to Santa Rosa. Hammocks are the norm, but cabins are available for more money but can be locked. Food is basic, activities are sparse aside from talking to people on the boat and watching what the boat passes on the river, but at least I can speak both Spanish and Portuguese as well. But things getting stolen seems to be an issue, especially for someone who wouldnt be able to watch the bag 24/7. And I dont mind paying the extra cost to get a cabin.

I hear that fast boats have launches a few times a week and take either 6 or 12 hrs (Ive heard both, but the time would be of no issue) but baggage safety shouldnt be much an issue as I could watch my bag for that amount of time. But the boat goes much faster and therefore you really dont get a chance to watch anything. And I suppose it would give me enough time to get to Cartagena instead of mostly passing it by in a day or two. Since I get in on a Wednesday, I have no idea when the fast boat leaves and Im not sure Id like to wait a few days in Iquitos just to grab one.

So is the slow boat that much more of an experience to do or would I get a similar enough experience in a fast boat? Any suggestions?
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post Nov 12 2009, 12:32 PM
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I say go with the slow boat.

How much time do you have to do this in?

What do you have that you would really miss if it got stolen? Your passport, cash and maybe your camera? Right?

I say sleep with it if you are frightened it might go missing! Everything else is just details.


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post Nov 16 2009, 04:48 AM
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Im going with slow boat, because I realised that I ought to make it count if I have to fly there just to enjoy it. Ill go for a cabin though still. All the gifts I bought would be missed if they got stolen, otherwise everything else is usually on my person at all times (digital cards, passport, journal).

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I say go with the slow boat.

How much time do you have to do this in?

What do you have that you would really miss if it got stolen? Your passport, cash and maybe your camera? Right?

I say sleep with it if you are frightened it might go missing! Everything else is just details.

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post Nov 16 2009, 12:44 PM
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Yes, gifts are irreplaceable as well... you'll probably appreciate the privacy after a while too.


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