Good accommodation and good food for the last night in Iquitos :P

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nice!
There was one thing we missed at the lodge: pink dolphins. We were supposed to see them in the Amazon River, but we weren't lucky to see any. In the other hand we had a gorgeous day, sunny and warm. We were able to see some boats and our guide told us about the importance of the river for the local economy.

We stop at Bellavista harbor. I told Golber that the 1st hotel wasn't what I was expecting. He knew more hotels and they'd drive us to a nice one before leaving the other guests at the airport. The past 2 days were nice. It was a good experience and long enough for me. We stopped at a hotel and they had availability. A new home! This one didn't have a/c, but a fan and the bedroom was much nicer, also there was Internet, plus TV with cable ;)

After chilling out for a couple of hours at the hotel and going to an internet cafe, it was time to go out and look for dinner.
driving a moto taxi, let's do it like the locals :)
Nothing bad with the restaurants near the Main Square, but wanted to go where the locals go. It was good to ask Golber for suggestions before we said goodbye. And following his advice, we took a moto taxi in order to go to a local restaurant in Belen area. Golber never said the address of the restaurant, just the name "Zorrito". Everyone knows that place in town, so just saying the name would be enough. And it worked fine that way. It wasn't that far from the Main Square, but I didn't think it was a good / safe idea to be walking around there during night time. It was a bit past 8pm when we arrived there. There were some tables outside and they were cooking outdoors. It was smelling good and the place was crowded by locals, what a great sign :)

Despite it was already about 8pm, it was so warm.
food ready to cook and sale
So staying outdoors didn't sound so appealing, specially because of the fact they cooked next to the tables... The place was a big house that has been turned into a restaurant. It wasn't fancy, however it was very popular among the locals, just the kind of place we were looking for. We were lucky to find a table inside, actually the people were just leaving the table, yay! The menu was simple and just about local food. While we were checking it, we got a pitcher of local juice. Last time we tried camu-camu, so now we'd try something new: cocona!

The girl took our order and came back a few minutes later with our dishes. There's a traditional dish in the region called Juane, which usually is cooked with rice. I'm not a big fan of rice, therefore I got very excited when I read "Juane de Chonta" - instead of rice they use the palm tree heart - awesome! Shawn got the local chorizo aka sausage, which for me looked like a regular sausage.
Juane de Chonta: palm tree heart pastry tamal, so good!
.. oh well. That Juane was outstanding!

Oh well, we weren't hungry anymore, but could eat a bit more, hehehe. So let's have something small and interesting: gizzards! Well, we both love gizzards, so it worked perfect! Now we were full and it was time to go back to the Main Square area. The restaurant was still busy, so the minute we left the table, new customers were taking it.

Back at the Main Square, we were just walking around when Shawn remembered the owner of the restaurant we had breakfast 2 days ago, told him to visit his American Style Bar: "Margarita" It was easy to find it, was next door of the restaurant, hahaha. Well, the guy wasn't exaggerating, this place looked like an American Sports bar, hahaha.

Hanging on the walls, you could find American Football Shirts from almost all the States.
having the local beer :P
They had big screens for the soccer matches and also other sports, which aren't that popular here. You can find a pool table and the decor was about New Orleans and Bourbon Street. OMG! This was such a cool place, was a hidden gem! It reminded me to NOLA!!!!

Yes, we were full from dinner, but we had a local beer there. I didn't want to leave Iquitos, without having try that. So we would consider this as dessert :P The owner recognized Shawn and gave us a tour around the bar. It was very cozy and he had big plans for it. Definitely, this spot is considered one of the coolest in the area. I saw a soccer player and his entourage chilling out here - hope he wasn't playing next morning, hahaha.

It was almost 10pm when we left the place. Night was so humid and warm than a small ice cream or cremolada (crushed ice) sounded very good.
who will win?
I had a camu camu cremolada. That was so refreshing and tasty! Perfect to cool down. Now I could go back to the hotel and fall asleep until next morning. I didn't have to wake up super early, since the flight was in the afternoon, however I decided to set up the alarm clock :)
yadilitta says:
yes, but before you have to stop in Lima. Regarding your question. This is the answer according to Wikipedia: The gizzard, also referred to as the ventriculus, gastric mill, and gigerium, is an organ found in the digestive tract of some animals, including birds, reptiles, earthworms and some fish. Sounds strange, but tastes delicious! You will try it in Lima first :)
Posted on: Jan 08, 2010
tjedwards says:
great blog yadi-its making me very excited to come see it!! umm but what the heck is a 'gizzard' ?? jajaja
Posted on: Jan 08, 2010
yadilitta says:
Ola Rui! Yes, hopefully you can visit your dream destination this year and I'll meet you here. :)
Posted on: Jan 02, 2010
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nice!
nice!
driving a moto taxi, lets do it l…
driving a moto taxi, let's do it …
food ready to cook and sale
food ready to cook and sale
Juane de Chonta: palm tree heart p…
Juane de Chonta: palm tree heart …
having the local beer :P
having the local beer :P
who will win?
who will win?
Another group of guests going to t…
Another group of guests going to …
Iquitos Marina
Iquitos Marina
hydroplane
hydroplane
cruise!
cruise!
Getting closer to Bellavista
Getting closer to Bellavista
Nanay River
Nanay River
down the river...
down the river...
down the river...
down the river...
the harbor
the harbor
an hydroplane
an hydroplane
the Menu
the Menu
she was shy but agreed to be in a …
she was shy but agreed to be in a…
inside the restaurant - a house!
inside the restaurant - a house!
the delicious spicy sauces
the delicious spicy sauces
cocona juice - good!
cocona juice - good!
sausage aka chorizo with chonta sa…
sausage aka chorizo with chonta s…
gizzards!
gizzards!
singer
singer
the Iron House - designed by Eifel
the Iron House - designed by Eifel
the restaurant was always crowded
the restaurant was always crowded
Margaritaville balcony
Margaritaville balcony
so much American Football souvenirs
so much American Football souvenirs
American Football shirts
American Football shirts
am I in NOLA?
am I in NOLA?
Margaritas bar tables
Margarita's bar tables
hahaha
hahaha
:P
:P
cool way to keep the beer cool!
cool way to keep the beer cool!
Local beer!
Local beer!
at the bar
at the bar
so many flavors
so many flavors
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Iquitos Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
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