Peru is a country of mind-boggling bio-diversity. Where I live in the Sacred Valley (at 3,300 meters/ 11,000 feet above sea level), the air is dry, the temperatures cool (especially at night), and the scenery mountainous.

Head towards the coast and you’ll find much warmer weather, ranging from the muggy haze of Lima to desert dunes (with South America’s only proper desert, and sister to the Sahara).

Between these two extremes you’ll find everything in between, including the jungle – and lots of it.

There are a number of jungle destinations/ports of entry in Peru, but the largest and most popular is Iquitos, a 1 hour 40 minute flight from Lima.

25% of visitors to Iquitos are there to explore work with ayahuasca in various jungle retreat centres up the river or down the road from Iquitos, which is also precisely why I found myself landing in Iquitos as well. (More on that later in this series).

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