LA CASA FITZCARRALDO, birthplace of the Werner Herzog films Fitzcarraldo & Aguirre, offers an unique and unrivaled housing and jungle oasis Whether you are coming to Iquitos for volunteer work, a jungle adventure, a medicinal Ayahuasca quest or just to get away from it all, we offer like-at-home accommodation , including the naturally cooled swimming pool without chlorine, thanks to ECOsmarte, the most advanced pool water treatment technology on the planet . If you are already in Iquitos, we are open from nine to six daily. Come enjoy our great food, drinks, & lounge about, even in our impressive four-level treehouse with panoramic views and great sunsets. A dense and diverse arrangement of indigenous plants and plenty of orchids highlight the property. Birdwatchers are often impressed with the species they come across, especially up top our tree house. At night you can hear our jungle chorus, unlike any hotel in Iquitos-Peru.
LA CASA FITZCARRALDO is the birthplace of the legendary Werner Herzog film with Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale and Huerequeque, the drunken cook played by the local celebrity Enrique Bohorquez Liguori. In this house a small group of young and determined filmmakers organized from 1977 to 1982 the production of an extraordinary film that made history and is still alive even today - 30 years after its opening. Fitzcarraldo, together with "Aguirre, The Wrath of God" (that was shot ten years earlier) certainly help put the Peruvian Amazon on the map of the world. Many have been inspired to visit here and Iquitos after seeing these films.
LA CASA FITZCARRALDO is only 5 minutes away from the center of Iquitos. Here you can get some sun (or shade), swing in a hammock, take a stroll out back by the lake or absorb a bird's-eye view from our tri-level treehouse overlooking a pool of crystal clear water that is cooled down to a perfect 25 degrees Celsius, thanks to ECOsmarte, the most advanced pool water treatment technology on the planet, our pool needs no chlorine. Here the eco system has been respected and reforestation is not just a word. We probably have the biggest cedar tree in Iquitos and have planted some 40 more on the property along with palms and fruit trees as well as decorative jungle flowers, orchids and medicinal plants.
LA CASA FITZCARRALDO has shady huts around the pool where we offer a variety drinks and local food specialties like ceviche, cecina, dorado, barbeque chicken, patarashca de corvina or tucunare, as well as alligator and Italian dishes on request. We also have the only Argentine and American steaks in Iquitos. And unlike most Restaurants in town, here you can have a normal conversation and relax over an exquisite meal, away from the 50,000+ Motokar drivers who terrorize this city.
LA CASA FITZCARRALDO has beautiful blue and green rooms upstairs with mahogany parquet floors and private bathrooms. Hot water we produce through solar energy. They have queen-sized beds, minibar, ceiling fan, telephone, & satellite TV. Wi-Fi internet access is available not only in the rooms but also around the pool and malocas and even up to the top level of our tree house. All furniture is designed and produced in Palo violeta by ourselves.
LA CASA FITZCARRALDO is owned by Micaela Helvecia Saxer Gonzalez, the daughter of the film's Executive Producer Walter Saxer, who was in charge of the production of almost all of Herzog's films and directed "Sepa, Nuestro Señor de los Milagros". Micaela was born here in Iquitos during the production of "Fitzcarraldo" and is now back in the place of her origin. A small jungle oasis within a chaotic and noisy city, La Casa Fitzcarraldo has the tendency to let you forget the rest of Iquitos. Iquitos is a place where cement means progress, politicians are mostly concerned with bribes, and priests and missionaries obsess about their tax-free donations. Educating the population about the danger of losing the lung of the planet and its irreversible consequences sadly is not much of a priority here. In Iquitos you can see the battle for the jungle, the incessant grab and exportation of resources with little benefit for its inhabitants. This frantic, oddly peaceful, old-west style frontier town is a one-of-a-kind gateway for your Amazonian adventure.