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I can't give enough praise to Tess! She is the best and most lovely host!Her home gives a authentic feel wich includes buckets of water in the shower to replace running water at times :-)The garden is a wonderful oasis.Tess is very generous and gladly shares her knowledge of both the area and medicinal plants and happily connects you with the locals to take you on a tour of the surroundings.I stayed with Tess a couple of nights before going into the jungle on an Ayahuasca retreat and she was the obvious choise coming back to Iquitos. I did a dieta with her for a week wich was an unforgettable experience. She made sure I was very well looked after and taken care of.
I returned home with lots of new energi and good tips on how to keep it that way.
Tess, don´t be surpriced if I come back! 3
We had a wonderful time staying with Tess. She is an excellent host, knowing a lot about her area and plant medicines - which we found not only interesting but also very useful after my friend caught some sort of flu. She had lots of people to stay during the time we were there, making it a bit like a very homely hostel, which was lovely. There was always someone around to talk to. Tess lives in a great area, a ten minute walk from the centre of Iquitos (quicker by motor taxi, which became our new favourite mode of travel). If you stay with Tess you'll get a much more authentic (much nicer, I think) experience of life in Iquitos than if you go to a hostel or hotel in the centre of the city . The house, though simple, had everything we would ever need and was beautifully decorated. It was impeccably clean and there were never any bugs. We cannot recommend staying with Tess enough.
Tess is a great host, very kind, hospitable and truly fascinating. The accommodations are very spartan and may leave you desiring more, but the room is well represented in the ad, so there were no surprises in my case.
The area really gives you a feel for what daily life is like in Iquitos and I would have very much liked to stay in the area for a few more nights. Very easy to get to the town center via mototaxi and be sure to have some fish from the lady next door in the evenings!