Yurimaguas, Peru.

Yurimaguas, Peru has everything you could want in a jungle town. Whether it is a seatless toilet hotel, ugly hookers, endangered species for sale in the street markets, cheap street chow or plenty of loud moto-taxis for hire. Yurimaguas offers all that and more!

But seriously… I believe you could find a hotel that offered toilet seats in Yurimaguas.

Yurimaguas, Peru is genuine. It is the real deal. What you see is what you get. That’s why I like it here.
Walking down by the muddy Rio Huallaga you can take a glimpse of how the people live in the jungle town of Yurimaguas. It is a hard yet honorable way of life. A person might stack heavy lumber from the barges into waiting tractor-trailers for living. Heavy red timber from the Amazon rain forest stains your shirt a crimson red.
Walking home after the long day you wash yourself with buckets of brown water from the Rio Huallaga. Sitting on your worn timber furniture you relax with a cold pilsner. After giving your kids some affection, you wander into the kitchen and bend the old lady over the kitchen table, while the hot oil in the skillet vents the aroma of the evenings spread.
Survival is a personal melody that one composes. The jungle can provide everything you need (food, shelter and water) to survive in Peru.

You can take the barges from Yurimaguas to Iquitos and beyond. Also, they have smaller boats that go to different destinations. Just stroll down to where the barges and boats sit and the departure times are posted on small billboards. If you find a vessel of your liking, then just inquire within about purchasing your passage.
On the barges it is possible to rent a hammock for around 15 Sol for the journey. On the smaller boats you might have to bring your own hammock.
The cost for traveling to Yurimaguas to Iquitos by barge is around 50 to 60 Sol for hammock space. To rent a cabin on a barge would be in the range of 120 to 160 Sol.
To travel 8 hours from Yurimaquas to Lagunas by small boat would be in the range of 15 to 20 Sol.

The people are friendly here and the town has a good vibe to it. If you happen to be in Peru, then come and visit Yurimaguas and take it easy for a spell.