Institute for Research of the Peruvian Amazon (IIAP)

The Institute for Research of the Peruvian Amazon (IIAP) in Iquitos is devoted to scientific and technological research primarily focused towards biodiversity and sustainability in the Peruvian Amazon. They host and run advanced and specialised training courses in biology. It is fully equipped for an advanced course like this with classrooms equipped with projectors as well as computer-laboratories with internet access that can easily accommodate up to 25 students.

Most of the practical classes will be run remotely (using a secure shell connection) to a cluster in Aberystwyth University, UK. We used the same approach for the Medellin 2009 and Erice 2013 EMBO courses with great success. Students will be encouraged to bring their own laptops to practice the exercises.

We will carry out this course in the IIAP site in the Amazon City of Iquitos, located at the base of the eastern Andes in the north of Peru. Iquitos can be accessed by air and river and it has its own airport located only 10 minutes away from the town centre. There are several daily flights (1 hour 40 minutes long) to Iquitos from Lima international airport, which also receives many international flights from the US and Europe daily.




Iquitos is the largest jungle city in Peru and a busy port city at the confluence of the Nanay, Itaya and Amazon rivers. It is surrounded by water and rainforest so the only way to get there is either to fly, or travel by boat. With a population of 437,000, it is the largest city in the world that is inaccessible by road.

Getting here

1. By air: Iquitos “Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport” is 6km from the city and served by flights from Lima with the airlines: LAN PerúAvianca PeruPeruvian Airlines and Star Perú. It is also served by flights from Panama City with Copa Airlines. Other local destinations are also served by these airlines.

2. By train: It is not possible to get to Iquitos by train

3. By car: It is not possible to get to Iquitos by road.

4. By ship: It is possible to get to Iquitos by boat along the Amazon river however this is a very long and slow journey from anywhere.