To get to the Amazon River cruise departure point, we had to fly from Lima to Iquitos, with one stop. These flights took a total of about two hours to accomplish, once we were underway.
The Peruvians know their weather changes rapidly and they all just took it in stride when, after finally finally finally boarding the aircraft and getting settled in, we were asked to deplane because of weather en route. We just went back inside and waited.
There really aren’t a lot of options when traveling to Iquitos, an isolated land locked city in the northeast of Peru at the entrance to the Amazon River. You can arrive there by plane or by boat. There are no roads linking this area to the rest of the country. In many ways, that’s what makes it special.
When we were finally ready to depart for the second time, I boarded and noticed this sign. I just prayed that my seat wasn’t on the other side of that window. It says “Cut here in case of emergency”. It even gave the emergency crew guidelines of where to place their machete.
Our flight was actually very comfortable. One word to the wise: don’t book your return flight to the states expecting to actually arrive back in Lima on schedule. We allowed an extra 3 hours, we were still 2 hours later than that. In this case, those midnight flights departing for the USA were actually a godsend.