It was raining and so humid, how hot!!!!
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November 23rd, 2009 – by: yadilitta
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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