Contact Bill

Bill Grimes, owner Dawn on the Amazon Tours and CruisesType the address below into your favorite email account to contact me. Book a tour, tell me how I’m doing. I’ll get back to you. I want to hear from you. Use the @ symbol and no spaces.

marmelita at



My postal adress:
Dawn on the Amazon map showing Dawn on the Amazon
#185 Malecón Maldonado
Iquitos, Peru, S.A.

My phone numbers:
office phone: + 51-65-22-3730
cell phone:     + 51-965-94-3267
cell phone:     + 51-965-93-9190

The location of our our office:
On the Boulevard at the
corner of Nauta. It’s la Calle
Malecón Maldonado 185.

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1 robbie April 5, 2008 at 4:16 pm

hi Bill.rob here from Ireland,im a friend of Mike.I believe you can help with my effords to help a young girl ,Jazmin i was out there last year with caritos and im sure mike told you about me,yer the guy who did the bath tub down river.Bill im raising some cash for her so she can come to Iquitos for a several month stay in hospital.i need to get more info on medical requirments.i paid for her to see a doctor etc.she needs a lot of help.if you visit my web site,you see what im up to.i plan to get out there for the raft race in sept with perhaps a few people to fly the Irish flag,Mike tells me you have a lodge near where she lives.perhaps it could provide a bed for the night or two when im out there.look forward to a pint in the iron bar with you when next over.any ideas would be welcome .kind reg rob

2 Bill April 5, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Hi Rob, you are an amazing guy. I hope to learn from you, and I can help with Jazmin. We visit Mishana several time each year, and have made some friends there. My lodge is located the next village downstream from Mishana, so it may not be practical to use, but I have boats that will be valuable.

Bill Grimes

3 kathy Britt October 23, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Hi Bill, our raft was the second raft rescued by your guys. We were raft #4 Healers Blue. We never had the opportunity to thank the guys because we were so traumatized by the experience. Your guys were very calm which helped us. We lost our flags with the crash. The next morning when we came to get on our raft, there were our flags ! We were touched, we feel sure that your guys found our flags and put them back on our raft. On our team website we have daily updates which we sent home to our team, these “diary ” updates might be good for the collection of stories you and Mike are collecting. Take a look and let us know. Our site address is Kathy-captain of KP Dragon Healers Dragon Boat Team of San Francisco, California

4 Michael Buzzo June 22, 2010 at 2:36 am

Hi Bill,

Hope all’s good. Congrats to you and Marmelita!

I need help on a posting I did on the blog about Dad. I need to try to edit it…just change some of the vernacular. Can you advise how?

Thanks, Michael

5 Elliscia Ellerd June 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Dear Bill,
Thank you so much for publishing John E Ellerds writings. I am his soul mate/wife, Elliscia Ellerd. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your support of my precious John, he is a magnificent being. I do hope to meet you when I return with John to Peru. I’ve been sharing your web site with all our friends too. So thanks again for being so wonderful. Enjoy your life!
live, love, laugh and dance, Elliscia

6 John "Don Juan" Elllerd November 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Again I am in hopes that this note of appreciation finds both you and Marmelita doing great.
I was just on your site and noticed my last blog was up and read more on the raft race, I’m
thinking about trying that for myself this next year. That in it’s self would be an unforgettable
adventure of a lifetime.
I would like to let you know how much I appreciate your help and encouragement in getting
my experience with ayahuasca into the printed word.
My writings have opened up many other opportunities and avenues of sharing my experience
in educating others concerning the healing benefits of the plant medicine.
You have been an inspiration in so many ways. Thank you for your warm welcome when I
arrived, your encouragement while I was there, and your continued friendship and support
after I have returned to the states.
I will see you again in Feb.

In Light, Love, Life….John

7 Clark Siferd February 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm

We (2) will be in Iquitos 5 October, afternoon, 6 Oct, all day. Which tours are available these days. Am interested in butterfly farm and Belen market in particular. Thanks, Clark Siferd

8 Marvin April 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Hi Bill,
Coffee chocolate and snacks ready very shortly we will keep you posted,also please forward me David who lives at tamshyacu and run the ngo school from california,I want to begin a hot lunch program for the kids there
Hugs to you and Marmalita,
Marvin say hi to the gang especially Mike.

9 tim trosper April 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm

i am interested in peacock bass fishing in dec. what are your rates for my wife and myself for two days

10 Bob Vincent August 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Hi Bill we are registered to do the raft race team name Canada + one.
Thought we would like to do a tour before or during the race. Do you have any specials at that time – for 4.

11 Jerry Knott October 18, 2011 at 1:54 am

Hi bill, I made a trip on the river in 2004 with my wife Myrna who passed away in 2009.We had a wonderful time on the riverboat ” River Amazones” I’m getting married again in Nov. and Bobbie and I would like to take about a six or seven day trip on the main river or on a tributary in march 2012. Your suggestions would be appreciated.We are both healthyand experienced travelers and SCUBA divers. The trip I took before was in mid march and the weather was perfect. hoping to hear from you. All the best Jerry

12 Tom August 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Will be coming there for short trip probably with two other couples. My wife mentions a hotel treetops or somthing like that. No plans yet but i would like about a 5 or 6 hour fishing experience. What do you suggest with your outfit?

13 Captain Bill August 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Hi Tom, Thanks for getting in touch with me on my blog. Perhaps I can help.

There is a lodge called Cieba Tops. Is that what you heard? I know most of what is going on around Iquitos. Let me know if I can help you.

What date would you like to go fishing? We need a minimum of two fishermen or the monetary equivalent to provide our fishing services. Your rate is $74.75 per person X 2 = $149.50 for one or two fisher people for several hours fishing.

Have you discovered the rest of my Captain’s Blog? Click this link to over 400 articles I’ve published about Iquitos, the rivers, the rainforest, Dawn on the Amazon, our boats, some of what we see and do on our tours and cruises, reviews about hotels and restaurants, and much more valuable information that can help make your adventure to the upper Amazon safer and better.

I would also like for you to know about our restaurant, the Dawn on the Amazon Café. We triple rinse all of our fruits and vegetables in purified water, and we use purified water in all of our food preparation including ice. We only use ancient sea salt from near Cusco, salt of the Incas, cook with steel pans, no MSG. We are an award winning restaurant that has also been ranked number 1 by TripAdvisor for over a year. We have wi-fi. Besides all of that the food is delicious and modestly priced.

The Dawn on the Amazon Café is located less than two blocks from the Plaza de Armas, on the corner of the beginning of Nauta Street and the Malecon, (or Boulevard) next to my offices. We have comfortable chairs on our sidewalk patio, overlooking one of the best views of the river.


14 Daniel Lalancette November 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Hello Bill ! My wife and I would like to book a day trip # 2 on the 15 Dec.2012 which does Belen, floating village and three rivers for $ 65.00
X 2 . Is there still room available
Daniel and France
Montreal , Quebec , Canada

15 Captain Bill November 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Hi Daniel, Thanks for getting in touch with me through my Captain’s Blog. I can help

Yes we can arrange your day trip on December 15, 2012 to Belen, floating village, three rivers, for $65.

I will send you an email with the details.


16 Inge Gomez-Michel January 3, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Hi Capitain Bill,

My question is not about fishing or boating or racing.
It’s rather a basic question about health issues. I am visiting Iquitos in two weeks and my doctor wants me to take all kinds of vaccines, such as Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Malaria tablets, etc., Is it really necessary? I have already taken the Typhoid $70.00. Next week is Yellow Fever $170.00 with side effects….not looking forward to that….:(
I want to skip the rest of these vaccines but at the same time since I am in my 60’s I don’t want to take any chances…
The USCDC (US Center for Disease Control) recommends immunization highly..when visiting that area. Can you tell me if these diseases are prevalent in Iquitos? Do you know if there are many cases reported?
I would appreciate your reply very much.
I’ll stop by to say hi at the Dawn on the Amazones Cafe when I get there.
Warm regards,

17 Captain Bill January 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Hello Inge, this is cut and pasted from the Information page on my web site for when you are going to spend time in the jungle;

HEALTH: If you plan to cross the border from Peru into Brazil, you are
required by law to have a yellow fever vaccination. The most common
problem is traveler’s diarrhea, the Inca’s revenge. Bring Imodium. Drink
only bottled water. Be suspicious of ice and diluted fruit juice. Was it
made with pure water? On our tours we use and provide only pure
water. I recommend going to an international travel clinic to update
your inoculations and for malaria medication. Plan well in advance. Few
places in the Northern Hemisphere will stock anti-malaria medication. I
have been immunized for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A and B, Polio,
Typhoid, Meningitis, Tetanus and Diphtheria. Please check with the
Atlanta Center for Disease Control for advice. Go to link
Are you allergic to stinging bees or wasps? Bring your
medication! You must advise us to any special allergy or dietary
requirements well in advance. We will accommodate you.

If you are only going to stay in Iquitos, you probably don’t need to worry about most of these. Unless you plan to live in a remote village for months or enter Brazil from Peru, I would skip the Yellow Fever vaccination. I think it is a good idea to keep up to date on Tetanus and Hepatitis no matter where you are.

Best of luck on your travels,

18 Rob M January 7, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Captain Bill

Can you please advise on the dates for the 2013 Raft race. Have to do some early planning to make it reality and would appreciate any help you can offer.

Appreciate your time,

19 Captain Bill January 9, 2013 at 9:20 am

Hello Rob, thanks for contacting me. The regional government will set the dates for the raft race. So far there is no word on that. Until then, we are in limbo. When the information becomes public I will post a new article for the 2013 raft race.

20 Spring Blossom May 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

Dear Bill, Your help has been much appreciated, now I have a new problem, I will come over to Dawn of Amazon now. I need to find Joe Plumb Urgently. xxx

21 Ian Nyquist May 7, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Myself and my team are interested in manning a raft in the 2013 race.

How do we register for that?

Also, we have a fourth person who is on the fence right now. Do we need to have all members of our team in place, or can we reserve a raft, and then solidify the last member of our team at a later date?


22 Captain Bill May 8, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Hello Ian, Thanks for getting in touch with me and friending me on facebook. We can chat about the details of the raft race there.

My best,

23 rick wright June 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Hi Bill , do you charter for private parties Myself and 20 to 25 friends most from the Iquitos area are interested in a tour of the Amozona river lasting aprox 6 hrs , it would nice to see the sun set on the river if possible , is there a head on the Dawn . If you do not do this type of event would you know someone that does , is there a special rate for this size , we do not nessarally need to stop off any where

Hope to speak to you soon

24 nerys rogers March 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Hi Bill,

Please contact me about the cruise advertised for the 19th September 2014

25 Hendry Sharma June 6, 2014 at 4:03 am

Hi Bill,

I wish to do a day tour (Amazon Tour #1) on the 10th July.
Just for one person. Are you able to assist?

And is there a Indeginous Tribe tour that you do as well.


26 Captain Bill June 6, 2014 at 8:58 am

Hi Hendry,

Thank you for getting in touch with me. I can help arrange your day trip on July 10.

We require a minimum of 2 passengers, or the monetary equivalent, to provide our services. As we do not have a day trip scheduled on July 10, the way it could work is, You pay $75 X 2 passengers = $150. I put your day trip on my public on-line schedule calendar, and when/if another traveler chooses to join your day trip I refund $75 back to you in person before your day trip. If no one else joins you will still be doing what you would like to do.

Your rate at the door is $85 per person and we still need two.

I will be in touch with you by email and we can discuss the details

Best regards,

27 George Sandford July 30, 2014 at 3:44 am

Dear Bill – I have a small responsible travel agent in Switzerland. We are looking for a company that will bring people from the upper Amazon though to Manaus – perhaps you can help us.

28 Captain Bill August 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

Dear George, Thank you for finding and getting in touch with me. We only work with independent travelers.

Wishing you the best of luck,

29 Rich December 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Hi Bill…2 guys wishing to rent motorboat for our own roughing it-trip Pucallpa-Iquitos, camping on shore as we go. Do you rent boats for such, or can you refer?

30 Captain Bill December 31, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Hi Rich, I sent you an email with some suggestions. Best of luck, Bill

31 Nas July 9, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Good Day Bill,

I will be in Iquitos from November 11-13th. I am looking for a real jungle experience. Also, I am a former Peace Corps volunteer and looking to spend some time with the kids.

32 Raymond August 30, 2015 at 5:50 am

Hello Bill!

We have been trying to sign up for the race, but the website says there is an error. Can you be of any assistance? Thanks!

33 Billy Allen January 24, 2016 at 11:57 pm

We will be in Lima as of April. We would like to book a 5 or 6 day tour and cannot figure out how to do it.
Billy Allen

34 Captain Bill March 17, 2016 at 9:58 am

Hi Billy, Thank you for getting in touch with me. I can help arrange your Amazon Tour. Go to my web site for more information.

Best regards,

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