These are my top ten tips to save some money in Iquitos. Use them. They’re free.
- The monetary exchange rate can fluctuate daily. If it’s less than 1 dollar equals 3 soles it’s unfavorable. The dollar fell below 3 soles several years ago, and to date, hasn’t recovered. At today’s exchange rate, 1 dollar is worth 2 soles and 80 centavos, 2.80. Not favorable. The day before it was 2.78. Worse. Learn the monetary system. Become aware of the daily exchange rate. Soles are not funny money. Spend it wisely. Just like the money back in your home country.
- Don’t change dollars to soles on the street, particularly Saturday evening and Sunday. Learn the exchange rate for the day from the bank or a business person, not the money changer. If you must change your money on the street, watch out for the slight of hand that exchanges your perfectly good $100 bill for a counterfeit or badly torn bill. The best place to exchange $100 or more is at the Dawn on the Amazon office. We don’t make a penny on the transaction. We only provide a safe place that you can trust and a free service. Plan ahead. We don’t change money Saturday afternoon or all day Sunday.
- Never get in a motocarro without negotiating your fare. It’s S/1 to ride a couple of blocks, S/1.5 for up to 10 blocks, S/2 to the Belen Market, S/2.5 to Bellavista Nanay, S/3 to the Hunting and Fishing Club, S/7 to the airport, (S/10 from the airport to the city), S/10 to the Amazon Golf Course, the Quistacocha Zoo, and to ride around shopping or site-seeing per hour.
- If you hear, “My friend,…”, Or “Amigo,…”, assume that person is not your friend until proven different.
- “I just want to practice my eeenglish”, in most cases translates into the speaker wants you to adopt him or her.
- That cute little child begging for a sole should be in school. Encouraging begging is not helping. Do the children a favor and keep your sole. To better understand this problem, click this link and read; How You Can Help The People Of Peru.
- There are 10 casinos with-in two blocks of the Plaza de Armas. Stay out of the casinos. Duh…
- Don’t get drunk! It increases the odds of bad things happening that turn out to be expensive.
- Never ever leave your purse, backpack, bag, laptop, camera, cell phone, or anything, unattended in a public place.
- Eating cheap on the street is a false savings, more than counteracted by frequent diarrhea, and medication for amoebic dysentery, or worse parasites. Eat at established restaurants that use purified water and good hygienic practices. Don’t drink the tap water for the same reason.
- Here is a bonus tip, #11 is also free. Use it. Imagine this. Your at home in your city out in the park enjoying a nice warm day. Some one you’ve never seen before comes to you and says, “My friend, (remember that clue?), I’m selling insurance and here is my policy. Look at these photos.” What are you going to say? Right after you get rid of the insurance salesman, another guy you’ve never seen before comes up and says, “My friend, I’m selling used cars and I have a beauty for you. Here look at these photos.” What are you going to say? Now imagine this. You just arrived in Iquitos. It’s a nice warm day. Your relaxing on the boulevard, leaning against the rail, looking at the beautiful scene of boats and birds on the river, and a person you’ve never seen before approaches you and says, (you guessed it), “My friend, I’m a jungle guide, I’m selling trips to the jungle. Look at these photos.” What are you going to say?
Be smart. Do your research. Choose a tour and cruise company with a good reputation and an office with certificates on the wall proving they operate with the approval of the government and the tourist bureau. One that does not send it’s piranhas out on the street to capture a tourist. A company that won’t sell tours to go touch the giraffes in the jungle…One that will tell it like it is. Trust has to be earned. Don’t give it away on the boulevard.
In fact turn around, look up, and you will see the white awning that says Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises. Walk the 47 paces to go through the office door. You will be glad you did. The piranhas are not allowed to follow you there.
Top Ten Tips To Save Some Money In Iquitos
Hi, Bill Grimes here. Now you don’t have to learn these tips the hard way like I did. I wish someone would have helped me like this 10 years ago. The Top Ten Tips To Save Some Money In Iquitos is the first of a two part series in the Captain’s Blog. Stay tuned for part two, 21 tips How To Save A Lot Of Money And Stay Out Of Trouble In Iquitos. Study these two articles and you will be well armed to succeed
Did I miss anything? What would be your 12th tip to save some money in Iquitos.