It was raining and so humid, how hot!!!!

Iquitos Travel Blog

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Welcome to Iquitos
We were supposed to arrive to Iquitos at 6pm - hopefully on time for the sunset, which looks amazing in the rain forest. But due to the delay of the flight, we didn't arrive there until it was dark... The flight was really long, not only because of the delay but also because of a stopover in Tarapoto, pfff. Just remember why I don't fly with this airline, hahaha.

Before landing the flight attendants told us to fasten our seatbelts due to the weather conditions. What? I didn't feel turbulence, but saw clouds surrounding us. Pfff, that looks cool, but the greatest was a thunder! Awesome! If I had hopes about seeing something during the landing, bad luck.
info about Iquitos at the airport: Temperature 20C-36C or 68F-92F Tropical weather!!!
The only thing I could see were clouds, hahaha.

The plan was to spend a night in the city and then to go to a lodge. I called the lodge to confirm where they could pick us next morning, but they surprised me when they asked for my flight details. They would send a transfer, even when the tour would start the next morning, sweet! And this was even better, since it was raining in Iquitos.

Leaving the building I saw a man holding a shield with my name. This guy would be our guide starting tomorrow. His name was "Golber". First time I heard that name. I was expecting a cab, but there was a SUV for us, sweet! Golber was very friendly, introduced himself and we did the same. During the drive to the hotel, which lasted just a bit more than 5min he was explaining things about Iquitos, the lodge and also giving some tips.
This building is national patrimony


We arrived to the hotel and agreed to meet Golber next morning. He'd come with the others who would go to the lodge. The hotel was well located and was bigger than expected, although the rooms were disappointing. Oh well, we'd stay here just 1 night... no way I'd spend another night here. At least the room had air conditioning, yeah! I think the thing I like the most at the hotel was the fact that it was located just in front of a great ice cream shop. When I was in Tarapoto a couple of years ago, I went to this ice cream shop and promised myself to go back, hahaha.

It was dinner time, but before going to look for a restaurant, we'd stop at the ice cream shop. Better having dessert first, just in case we wouldn't have room for it after the meal, hehehe. They had the traditional flavors, but also some regional.
my camu camu ice cream was smiling and so did I ;)
So good! I didn't know to try any new flavor. I knew exactly what I wanted: Camu-camu (a sour fruit from the rain forest). It was as good as I remembered. Yummy!

There were a couple of recommended restaurants which we'd like to try. But first it was time to do a bit sightseeing in the Main Square. It looked nice at night time. I remembered a restaurant where I went when I was in Iquitos for business, but I couldn't remember the name. So we arrived to one that seemed to be it, but it was almost empty... thanks to the ice cream we could wait a bit longer to find a nice place to eat... We kept on walking along the jetty, which is popular due to its bars and some restaurants.

Finally we decided to one located there, which was also recommended. The other restaurants nearby were small and more local.
camu camu juice
This one had a nicer decoration, bit modern, and was also part of the best restaurants in the country! The only one in Iquitos, yeah! This restaurant serves the typical dishes, but a bit gourmet. This was the perfect introduction to the local food.

No alcohol tonight, instead some local juice - camu camu again, hehehe. The appetizer were the traditional tacachos (fried mashed plantain and yuca with some pork). Usually they are big, but here they served "tacachitos" which were a small version of the original. Shawn didn't like them very much, but I loved them! Usually tacachos are too big for me, so this size was perfect! Also the spicy they serve was really good.

Now time for the main dish. The variety of meat they serve in the rainforest is wide, but we'd save them for other day.
tasty souffle!!!
I really like the chonta (heart of palm tree) and here they have a chonta souffle - first time I've ever seen something like that. OMG! It was delicious! I loved the small clay pot where it was served, so cute!!! Shawn got the patarashca. I recommended him to try it. I had it before in Tarapoto and liked it. It was grilled fish wrapped on banana leaves. My recommendation was perfect, hahaha.

Pfff, now we were full and it was raining again. So going back to the hotel was a good idea. The lodge adventure would start tomorrow and wanted to wake up early. First night in the rainforest was over...
yadilitta says:
in cold Nebraska!?!?! maybe in your dreams, hahaha
Posted on: Dec 21, 2009
geerbox says:
The camu camu juice was great! I was wanting that the other day, but no way I will find it :(
Posted on: Dec 21, 2009
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Welcome to Iquitos
Welcome to Iquitos
info about Iquitos at the airport:…
info about Iquitos at the airport…
This building is national patrimony
This building is national patrimony
my camu camu ice cream was smiling…
my camu camu ice cream was smilin…
camu camu juice
camu camu juice
tasty souffle!!!
tasty souffle!!!
at the airport
at the airport
arriving at night...
arriving at night...
La Muyuna -the ice cream shop
La Muyuna -the ice cream shop
:) :P :)
:) :P :)
so many cones
so many cones
The Main Square at night
The Main Square at night
the Cathedral
the Cathedral
Aris burger the local Mc Donalds,…
Ari's burger the local Mc Donalds…
inside the restaurant, nice decor!
inside the restaurant, nice decor!
tacachitos! fried mini balls of ma…
tacachitos! fried mini balls of m…
Chonta Souffle - chonta is the pal…
Chonta Souffle - chonta is the pa…
The patarashca: grilled fish on to…
The patarashca: grilled fish on t…
big grasshopper!
big grasshopper!
Iquitos Hotels & Accommodations review
Not that good hotel near Main Square - Hotel Sandalo
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Iquitos Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
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Iquitos General Tips & Advice review
Public Transportation in Iquitos
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Iquitos General Tips & Advice review
Airport in Iquitos - Crnl. FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta (IQT)
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Iquitos Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Delicious and tropical ice creams at La Muyuna
When I was in Tarapoto I found this ice cream shop. First I thought it was something local, but then I realized they have locations in the main rainfo… read entire review
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