Stroll through the tropical, jungle gardens of this amazing inn and you will never want to leave! The owner, Walter Saxer, was executive producer of the movie "Fitzcarraldo," and has been adding intriguing features to the grounds and hotel which lodged the stars ever since. The hotels in Iquitos are not fancy outside, but as you step through the gate of this gem, you are transformed from the city. In the entry courtyard, to the left are 2 ocelots (small spotted leopard-looking animals) and to the right is an Amazonian style garden, which encompasses every bit of space on the enormous grounds.
Once inside, the building reveals the grandeur of the historic era. Amazing colors coat the walls, fabulous wooden furniture abounds. Breakfast is shared with the few other intriguing guests lucky enough to find this spot -- French press coffee, various scrumptious breads (picked up by Walter from the local street market each morning), fruit, freshly squeezed juice, eggs any style.
We stayed in the green room which is a suite of 2 gigantic rooms, overlooking the gardens. Hot showers were a welcome plus, as many hotels in town only have cold or lukewarm. The bedding was splendid and the gigantic windows embraced the jungle beyond. The computer free for guests in the great room downstairs and the free wi-fi brings this grand dame into the 21st century.
Outside, the bar is filled with photos and interesting jungle items and art. Walter has to be the best griller in town, and the accompanying sauces are to die for! I regret taking our first meal in town, as after that we ate every meal on the premises, after seeing the fresh displays.
The 5-story palm-roofed tree-house is only one of several thatched cabanas available in the lushness which surrounds the pool. Free range chickens strut on the back of the property, and at least one macaw roams freely.
Being outside of the downtown was a big plus, as you can travel there for less than 1 US dollar on the adventurous little motocars, and you are away from all the noise. The beds were firm and comfy. The numerous staff (about a 1:1 ratio), were delighted to fulfill any wish at any time.
I toured the other hotels in town, including the expensive El Dorado Plaza (like a 3 star Best Western, albeit, a conventional hotel, if that is what you are looking for), and I would not stay in any other place than La Casa Fitzcarrado.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- LA CASA FITZCARRALDO, birthplace of the Werner Herzog films Fitzcarraldo & Aguirre, offers an unique and unrivaled housing and jungle oasis Whether you are coming to Iquitos for volunteer work, a jungle adventure, a medicinal Ayahuasca quest or just to get away from it all, we offer like-at-home accommodation , including the naturally cooled swimming pool without chlorine, thanks to ECOsmarte, the most advanced pool water treatment technology on the planet . If you are already in Iquitos, we are open from nine to six daily. Come enjoy our great food, drinks, & lounge about, even in our impressive four-level treehouse with panoramic views and great sunsets. A dense and diverse arrangement of indigenous plants and plenty of orchids highlight the property. Birdwatchers are often impressed with the species they come across, especially up top our tree house. At night you can hear our jungle chorus, unlike any hotel in Iquitos-Peru. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Casa Fitzcarraldo Hotel Iquitos
- La Casa Fitzcarraldo Iquitos