Camiri Floating Hostel
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Camiri Floating Hostel Iquitos Reviews
Float, float, float my dorm... gently down the stream... Jul 22, 2011
Camiri Hostel is SINKING… kids and women first… than dogs, and then all of you drunken guys…
No worries, it is not going to sink as long as balsa wood is replaced regularly. Yes, you guessed it, it's a floating hostel in the town of Iquitos, a place in the middle of the Peruvian jungle without any roads to connect it to the mainland(around half million people call it home). The old rubber-boom center still has many palaces and beautiful buildings constructed at the turn of the last century. Most of the buildings have beautiful tile facades, but only a small percentage of them are renovated and shining in full light.
I came to Camiri after checking all available hostels in town, and this place promised something unique in Iquitos, and that is sleeping on the river. I mean, if you are in the Amazon, sleep on the Amazon… The hostel is located in a safe area close to the center of town and a block away from the boardwalk. Belen market is some 10 blocks away, but it is good to walk to the market trough nice streets and see how people live.
Camiri has its own access to the water, which is a very hard to find in Iquitos. Wooden floaters make a makeshift path that takes you to the main raft where the dorms and restaurant-bar are located. There are two more rafts, one is continuation of the restaurant, and another has private rooms.
Rooms are an ok size and have a bathroom inside, but they're a bit dark, especially when you don’t know what kind of insects are crawling around, hehehehe. There are nets on the windows, but still spray yourself with lots of anti-mosquito stuff. I paid 25 soles for a dorm which included a great breakfast. Breakfast consists of fresh bread with butter and jam, and eggs with ham or veggies. Coffee is excellent and you can also get juices that are very fresh (you can imagine what you can get in Amazon).
The shower is totally ok, they have tanks with water that are purified. Jumping in the river is not really recommended due to almost nonexistent sewage control. There are simply too many pipes emptying directly into the river, it does not smell, but it does not need to smell for me to know what is good, hahaha.
The owner also lives in the hostel, has great character and will help you with anything you want to know about the place (ask him to make you some Pisco sour). While I was there we fixed his jet ski, then tried it full power on the river… awesome !!! Three dogs are responsible for security and biting...
Place is not too clean, but survivable. It is the experience that counts...
There are a few well supplied food stores in the area, and if you need to wash your stuff, there is a Puerto Rican guy who offers excellent and fast service just a block away. Food in town is unique and could be very good, but be super careful where you eat, because Iquitos is also the perfect place for all kind of parasites. I abstained from chicken after I saw how they sell them, but had some unbelievable ceviche and really good fish.
I enjoyed every day in this place, and I wish you the same.
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Camiri is the ONLy place to stay when you are in Iquitos May 08, 2011
This is the ONLY place to stay in Iquitos, unfortunately we didn't discover it until we had 3 nights left but this place is just pure awesome.
First of all, its a FLOATING hostel, so you are right on the river. Second of all, its also a bar, and floating next to it is another bar, and its all trekkers and travelers staying there, so you get to meet people that share the same passion for travel as you do.
I remember one party there that night, things were just getting crazy, at one point i was DJ-ing and my friend who was with me was bar tending, and selling cigarettes from behind the bar, it was just one of the best times i had when I was in Peru.
I highly recommend this hostel to anyone who wants to get a feel for the laid back, travelers kind of place.
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