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nice spot to relax, but there were many mosquitos
Day started early. The flight  back to Lima was scheduled for noon, so there was plenty of time to do some sightseeing before leaving Iquitos. City was really hot and there weren't many attractions left, but the market. That was a Must. It was recommended to go to the market early in the morning, due to the heat and also because they close at noon. Cool! We had a plan.

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.
having a juice :P
After a 5min drive, there was the market. Breakfast wasn't included in the hotel rate, which turned to be the best, since it gave us the opportunity to try local food. At the entrance of the market there were several juices stands and the girls there were almost "fighting" for the customers, hahaha. Juice was good, refreshing and also cheap! I was a bit disappointed, since I was expecting a juice with many fruits but they mostly used papaya and pineapple... This places weren't only about juice. They also offered sandwiches, which didn't look that attractive...

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.
different types of local chili
It was good, although not my favorite dish. Well, it was good for the experience. It amazed me, how they sold the "chicha morada" (a soft drink) to go: in a plastic bag with a straw! hahaha.

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.
nice walls
.. He mentioned it was a vegetarian place - yay! - but he felt it wasn't that easy to find it, since there was no big sign. Nevermind I had the directions and most important was determined to find the place. When I arrived there, OMG he was so right. This was a small and cozy place. All the walls were covered with messages. It reminded me to the small cafeteria I saw in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador. Most of the messages were from travelers who found this place and loved it! This place can be considered a hidden gem, because it's not in any guide book and people want to keep it that way. So now, I have 2nd doubts about writing a review it or not. Oh well.... I was in the mood for a bite and got a delicious veggie soufflé. So worth it to walk and look for this charming place :P

It was getting really hot, so the idea of walking along the malecon sounded nice.
I was taller!
Deep inside I was hoping there would be a breeze, but no breeze, pffff. We were going in front of a big house and a guy asked if I've already visited the local museum, mmm. He insisted, the museum was worth to visit. Well, he wasn't pushy, but convinced us, hehe. It was a great bonus he spoke English, so I wouldn't have to be the translator, yay!

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.
Minigunther was part of the decoration
Flight was leaving at 12:45, so I assumed 12:00 was a reasonable hour. Iquitos is small - or at least I thought so - and it shouldn't take longer than 10min to arrive to the airport. So leaving at 11:45am sounded perfect. Let's relax for 1 hour and watch some TV, hehehe.

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.
follow the policeman!
She doubted for a second, but then she agreed to help us, yay! She warned we wouldn't be able to check any bags, though. No problem! We just had carry - on.

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 :)
yadilitta says:
yes, I don't think it's smart to wear flip flops in an open market...
Posted on: Dec 30, 2009
geerbox says:
This market had the strongest smelling meat area I have ever been to and the most interesting preparation methods there as well. Some of the other things offered were a first for me too, such as turtle meat and the rolled fish meat.... It was a great market, the walkways were a little too dirty to keep my toes clean while wearing flip-flops though.
The small cafe was cool too, and this one didn't close down after we left!
Posted on: Dec 30, 2009
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nice spot to relax, but there were…
nice spot to relax, but there wer…
having a juice :P
having a juice :P
different types of local chili
different types of local chili
nice walls
nice walls
I was taller!
I was taller!
Minigunther was part of the decora…
Minigunther was part of the decor…
follow the policeman!
follow the policeman!
juices!
juices!
juice stands
juice stands
wont trust these sandwiches
won't trust these sandwiches
juanes
juanes
a juane - chicken & rice
a juane - chicken & rice
a juane
a juane
bijao (type of banana) leaves
bijao (type of banana) leaves
cooking juanes
cooking juanes
fruit stand
fruit stand
chicha morada (soft drink) plastic…
chicha morada (soft drink) plasti…
dried salty fish - paiche
dried salty fish - paiche
peccary and local sausages and ham
peccary and local sausages and ham
peccary
peccary
peccary
peccary
hens for sale!
hens for sale!
local hens were bright yellow!
local hens were bright yellow!
the aguaje
the aguaje
aguaje inside
aguaje inside
Main Square
Main Square
the messages on the wall
the messages on the wall
veggie souffle
veggie souffle
Nana river
Nana river
the museum outside
the museum outside
museum entrance
museum entrance
carving ceiling detail
carving ceiling detail
local indigenous
local indigenous
taken by the guide, who considered…
taken by the guide, who considere…
our guide
our guide
pottery
pottery
nice carving ceiling
nice carving ceiling
a local boy
a local boy
local boy
local boy
a hunter
a hunter
with the blowgun
with the blowgun
a ticuna woman
a ticuna woman
indigenous woman
indigenous woman
a shipibo
a shipibo
a bora woman
a bora woman
a cashibo
a cashibo
an indigenous
an indigenous
an indigenous
an indigenous
a hunter
a hunter
a jibaro with the blowgun
a jibaro with the blowgun
a kickwa
a kickwa
look his lip!
look his lip!
fountain inside the museum
fountain inside the museum
conference room
conference room
lodge
lodge
An old cafe
An old cafe
a bohemian cafe
a bohemian cafe
welcome!
welcome!
The corner of the artists
"The corner of the artists"
one of the best hotels in town
one of the best hotels in town
piranha!!!
piranha!!!
No to the illegal animal traffic
No to the illegal animal traffic
the 2nd biggest square in Iquitos
the 2nd biggest square in Iquitos
driving a mototaxi wasnt as fast …
driving a mototaxi wasn't as fast…
local buses
local buses
finally getting closer to the airp…
finally getting closer to the air…
airports entrance, yay!
airport's entrance, yay!
at the airport
at the airport
Boarding pass, got at very last mi…
Boarding pass, got at very last m…
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