Hurry up! Almost missed the flight...
Iquitos Travel Blog› entry 9 of 11 › view all entries
November 26th, 2009 – by: yadilitta
It was easy to go to the market, just taking a mototaxi. No need to say that the guy at the front desk was sort of surprised when I told him I'd do check out after coming back from the market, hahaha. Not a usual destination, I guess.
Oh well, keep on walking. Before going into the market building, it'd be better just to walk around and see the other stands. Most of them offered food ready to eat and there were people having breakfast. Last night I had a "juane de chonta" which isn't the most traditional one, so this would be the perfect opportunity to try the regular one - chicken and rice.
The market had different products, but mainly regional ones. I saw banana leaves for sale - which are used to wrap the different dishes, typical fish, fruits, herbs, local liquors, etc. This market is "famous" for being not that safe and a lady recommended me not to take out my camera. Thanks, but you can't say that to me, hahaha. I found the way to take some pictures, without feeling too unsafe. After 1 hour I've had enough of the market adventure. I felt I've been luck enough with my camera and didn't want to jeopardize anything. So better, go back to the Main Square area. Plus, it was super hot!
I wasn't hungry, but wanted to go to a small cafe which was recommended by the guy from the plane.
It was getting really hot, so the idea of walking along the malecon sounded nice.
The museum was small, but the guide has lots to talk about the Amazon and the indigenous cultures there. He was really proud of it. Nice! The visit lasted a bit longer than 1/2 an hour. It was a good one, what I liked the most were the statues of indigenous people from different tribes of the Amazon region. That was cool!
Finally back to the hotel. It was almost 11am and was incredibly hot outside. There wasn't a/c in the bedroom, but the fan worked perfect.
Well, it turned to be that there was a bad calculation of time. There are almost none taxis in Iquitos, besides the mototaxis and the drive to the airport with these took over 20min. I wasn't that worried and was even taking pictures, until we arrived to the airport and tried to check in. There was no line! Lucky? No, they have already gone!!!
After running from one place to another and thank to a man who was nearby, I went back the check in point and could talk to the girl who works at the counter.
Finally we got the boarding passes and run to pay the airport fee. Then I saw it! People were still waiting at the gate, grrrrrr. Hahaha, now I'm laughing, but at that time I was so worried thinking what I could do to leave the jungle!!!! It was late to choose a seat, but the ones we got were good though. Flight didn't go straight to Lima. It stopped in Tarapoto. Oh well, I didn't care about that as long as the final destination was Lima :)
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