About Dawn on the Amazon
Welcome to the Dawn on the Amazon Captains Blog. This blog is a valuable resource for travelers to Iquitos Peru. Learn about my favorite hotels and restaurants and which boats and lodges are best for you. Let me help you build an Amazon River and rainforest adventure you will never forget.
My name is Bill Grimes. I am the president and captain of Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises. I am a writer, photographer and jungle guide, making a living doing what I like the best.
How my hobbies became my profession
I came to Iquitos Peru for the first time ten years ago. I built a 33 foot long, thatched-roof, wooden river boat and bought a used 25 horse Johnson motor, some camping supplies, and fishing gear. I left civilization behind for 5 weeks, exploring, fishing for peacock bass, visiting remote villages, studying the birds and monkeys, epiphytes and trees. I became hooked on the Amazon. The next winter I returned to Iquitos and my boat and did it again with my fishing buddy Mark. The next year my friend Doug joined me.
Since then, I have had four other wooden boats built and 10 dugout canoes. I became a resident of Peru and started this business to share experiences with people who do not have the skills, knowledge, or confidence, but have the desire for a satisfying adventure and some exotic fun. My company and boats are registered in Iquitos, Loreto, and Peru. They are insured, taxpaying, safe, comfortable, and available for your enjoyment. To arrange your Amazon adventure tour or cruise visit the Dawn on the Amazon web site or email me at contact-bill@dawnontheamazon (To slow down spam, please copy and paste or type this email. Thanks)
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I hope you enjoy the Dawn on the Amazon Captains Blog. I am passionately pursuing my hobbies and my profession. I am a member of the American Orchid Society, Bromeliad Society International, Heliconia Society International, Neotropical Bird Club, Peacock Bass Association, International Ecotourism Society, South American Explorers Club, and the Amazon Golf Course. If we share any of the same interests, please subscribe to my RSS feed so you will not miss out on any of our Amazon adventures.
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Dawn on the Amazon home and office, bricks and mortar
This is our building on the boulevard, overlooking the river, on the corner of the first block of Nauta, #185 Maldonado. Marmelita and I live on the top floor. I rent out three apartments on the second floor, a corner office on the ground floor, and the Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises office.
This has been our office since August 2007. Before that our office was on Brazil Street for a couple of years. This is a much better location in the tourist center. When the water is high we dock our boat 200 yards in front of the office.
We have high speed internet, 4 land line phones, 2 cellular phones, a fax machine, two computers, two printer/scanners, HF and VHF radios to contact the boats, and maps of all the rivers in the upper Amazon.
How to contact me
If you visit Iquitos, stop in and say hi. For a map of my office location and how to get in touch with me, Contact Bill.