Great Food From the River, Great View of the River, The Bucanero, Iquitos Peru

by Captain Bill

Great Food From the River, Great View of the River, The Bucanero, Iquitos Peru

I am enjoying this camu-camu juice at the Bucanero

I am enjoying this camu-camu juice at the Bucanero

Marmelita, my son Matt, and I enjoyed lunch at the Bucanero Restaurant in Iquitos Peru nearly as much for the view as for the food. The top floor is all glass, overlooking the river. We watched boats criss-crossing back and forth, terns diving in the water catching fish, an Iguana was climbing in the tree near the side glass wall, and the fish on our plates tasted fresh and was cooked to perfection.

The view from the side window wall at the Bucanero Restaurant

The view from the side window wall at the Bucanero Restaurant

Our large meals for three with a pitcher of fresh juice cost a total of $26.

You can not go wrong ordering the local river fish from the menu. I always ask which fish is freshest and order that choice. The waiter gets a bigger tip if he is telling the truth. Try Paiche, Dorado, Doncella, or Corvina, whichever is freshest. Personally I stay away from the ocean fish in Iquitos because it can not be as fresh as the river fish caught this morning. Eat ocean fish in Lima.

The view from our table at the Bucanero Restaurant

The view from our table at the Bucanero Restaurant

The Bucanero is located on Avenida Marina #124, open for lunch only. Take a moto-carro from the Plaza de Armas area for one and a half soles. The Bucanero Restaurant is listed in Bill and Marmelita’s Favorite Restaurants in Iquitos Peru.

Walk lunch off by strolling along the river past the Puerto Productores, stay to the left at the little plaza and take the boardwalk next to the river. It comes out at Ramon Castilla Plaza, a nice place to sit in the shade for a while, or drink a beer or water at the Cauchero in the building located behind the statue and canon.

When you walk out of Ramon Castilla stay to the right of the buildings and walk along the sidewalk by the street against traffic. Use the tall blue building with the antennas on top as your landmark to walk back to the Plaza de Armas area. If you get lost or tired, just flag down a moto-carro, and ride the rest of the way to your hotel.

My son Matt at the Bucanero Restaurant

My son Matt at the Bucanero Restaurant

Have you tried the Bucanero? Would you recommend it to a friend? Let us know about your experience in the comments. Thanks.

Great Food From the River, Great View of the River, The Bucanero, Iquitos Peru

Bill Grimes, Dawn on the Amazon

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