Going to Peru April 9th to the 23rd with family. Have not firmed up our schedule yet and the only thing I am sure of is that we want to do a hiking trek in Machu Picchu and Cusco region.
One of my brothers and I are debating whether or not we should visit Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado toward the end of our trip. My brother really wants to go fishing, we both like hiking and being active. My brother spoke to someone who has been to Puerto Maldonado and they more or less said there is nothing to do there. Iquitos looks like a really neat place to visit to me and I think I would like it so I am inclined to say lets make the trip to the north as it just looks like a much more vibrant place to visit with more to do.
The only objection I really have to Iquitos is the distance. Puerto Maldonado seems just so convenient that I am not prepared to say we should discard this choice as Iquitos will likely kill at least a day of traveling.
Has anyone been to both locations? Is Iquitos just so much better or, as with most things, does it depend on what you want to do? Any thoughts on the topic would be appreciated.