AMAZON EXPLORER FAQ

What kind of experience does Amazon Explorer offer?

We offer adventure tourism in the jungle. It is ideal for people who want to have an authentic adventure experience.

Can Amazon Explorer´s itineraries be adapted to my needs?

The itinerary has several activities, these can be adapted to the requirements of the traveler, as long as it does not alter the activities of other travelers. If you want a trip tailored to your needs, we recommend that you ask for a private expedition— this has an additional cost.

There are expeditions that cannot be adapted, such as survival training and extreme expeditions. In these expeditions, it is necessary that the traveler is in optimal physical and mental shape.

Where do you spend the night in the expeditions?

We use camps and / or typical houses of native villagers (these houses are basic). Amazon Explorer does not offer a lodge.

Are electricity, toilets, and other amenities provided?

To experience the jungle, we enter into remote areas where there is no infrastructure and what does exist, is very basic. There is no electricity, internet or cell phone signal. In the camps, we improvise latrines and bathe in the rivers.

If I am alone, can I make an expedition or do I need to join a group?

We can organize the expedition for you alone, but the rate is 70% more expensive than the group rate. We suggest checking our reservation calendar so that you join a group and obtain a cheaper price.

Do your trips have age limits?

We have experience with younger and older travelers. In case of children under 18, they must be accompanied by one of their parents or bring the permission of the parent or guardian.

How many travelers make up an expedition?

It depends on the itinerary you select. In trips of up to 8 days the average is 4 travelers.

Who is on the staff for each expedition?

For expeditions of 1 to 6 travelers, our staff consists of 4 people: A Tour Leader (organizer and responsible for the expedition), a native guide, a native cook and a native driver (who drives the boat).

Is there a deadline for booking a trip?

Our itineraries must be reserved 1 month in advance. Those that include flights such as Matsés Expedition or Anaconda Expedition, Jaguar Expedition, and Amazonas Challenge, must be booked at least 2 months in advance, since the seating availability on the plane are limited and run out quickly.

How do I book an expedition?

You must send an email to info@amazonexplorer.com indicating the itinerary, number of people, and date you wish to make the expedition. Once the availability is confirmed, you must send an advance of 30% of the total amount to guarantee the reservation by Bank Transfer, PayPal or Western Union.

The amount credited to the Amazon Explorer bank account will be received. The bank or money transfer fees must be paid by the client.

What information is required to book a trip?

In addition to the deposit, we require that each passenger complete the personal information in the form that we will send. The basic information we require are: names, surnames, date of birth, passport number and nationality. If you have a diet or special requirement, you must also indicate this in the form.

Does Amazon Explorer guarantee wildlife sightings?

Our expeditions are in primary forest and rich in biodiversity where we have carried out a biological inventory recording different species.

In any case, the possibility of sightings of fauna depends on many factors such as the weather, season and the attitude of the traveler in making the excursions that the Tour Leader indicates. Please remember that the more excursions they make, the more the possibilities of sightings increases. Wildlife is unpredictable, sightings are not guaranteed, but by going to a protected or remote area, you maximize the chance of finding wildlife.

What kind of food is provided?

Amazon Explorer supports local people. We hire native cooks who have been trained to offer varied food; typical Amazonian, Peruvian and international dishes. Our meals are prepared with supplies that last in the hot and humid conditions of the jungle. In the programs, during the first 3 days we offer meats, fresh fish, vegetables and various fruits. After that time it is impossible to maintain food that requires cold storage, so we are more limited in fresh meat, vegetables and fruits.

Due to the conditions of the area and the logistical limitations for trips of more than 5 days, the food will generally be preserved and will consist of canned goods, instant soups, and fresh fish obtained during the trip.

Do you offer vegetarian, gluten-free or special diets?

If you have a special diet, you need to inform us in detail, so we can adapt the food to your requirements. In case that the program includes survival activities, the diet CAN NOT be adapted to the traveler’s needs.

What is the difference between the seasons in the jungle?

The Amazon presents an equatorial climate, with rainfall throughout the year, high humidity and average temperature of 29 ° C (85 ° F). There are two seasons: high-river or winter (November to May) and low-river or summer (June to October):

During high-river, the levels of the rivers are very high and usually flood the low areas. Sometimes it is very difficult to find solid ground. It is easier to enter deep zones in the jungle and most of the activities are done by boat or canoe. At the beginning of the rainy season (from November to January) there are more mosquitoes. During navigation it is more likely to observe birds and primates.

During Low-river, the rivers diminish their flow and in some occasions, they affect the accessibility to jungle zones. It is possible to take long walks, and easier to set up camps. Fishing is easier and there is a greater chance of observing alligators and other reptiles.

Due to the unpredictability of the seasons and climate, the programs and activities could be adapted to the conditions imposed by nature. Remember that on rainy days the wildlife sighting is less prevalent.

What health recommendations and vaccines do I need to go to the Amazon?

Before the Expedition

Visit a Preventive Medicine Unit or a Doctor who can administer preventive medicine based on the Amazonia Region. This should be done a month and a half to two months before starting the trip. In the case that you have a chronic illness or are allergic to stings, medications have other allergies, you should make sure to bring the corresponding medication and inform the trip organizer, in anticipation of any incident that may arise.

If you are taking a particular medication, be sure to take it in your luggage and take note of the active ingredient (generic name). Some specific medications are hard to find or may have another brand name, especially in remote locations.

In the case of malaria, you can apply prophylaxis with antimalarial drugs such as Tropicur, Lariam, Malarone or others available in your city of origin. With respect to yellow fever, it is advisable to be vaccinated at least 10 days before your arrival in the Amazon.

Recommended vaccines: Yellow fever, diphtheria-tetanus (DT), hepatitis A, typhoid and rabies.

For more information to visit Peru and the Amazon visit:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/peru

During the Expedition

Provide a small campaign kit that includes various medications: disinfectant, antidiarrheal, fungicidal ointment, antihistamines, antimalarials, some antibiotics, antiparasitics and, if necessary, a specific medication.

Avoid mosquito bites, the main vector of malaria, yellow fever and dengue. The mosquito is especially active from sunset to sunrise.

Use fresh and loose clothing that covers the entire body, preferably light colors.

Use insect repellent in the exposed areas. The most effective compounds against mosquitoes are DEET (N, N-diethylmetololuamide), permethrin and icaridin.

When sleeping, use a mosquito net and check that there are no holes. Fasten the edges of the mosquito net under the mat to make sure insects do not enter. You can spray it with repellent for added protection.

Avoid perfumes and colognes, as well as perfumed deodorants, because strong aromas attract insects.

Stay hydrated at all times, to avoid cramping, fatigue or other major problems. Remember that in the Amazon the body loses much more water by breathing and excessive sweating.

After the Expedition

After completing the trip, we recommend taking an antiparasitic.

Some tropical diseases do not manifest themselves immediately, they can be presented well after the return. In the case of discomfort, go to the doctor and inform them that you have made a trip to a tropical area in the last 12 months.

ATTENTION: The recommendations of AMAZON EXPLORER do not replace the opinion of a medical professional. As indicated at the beginning, always consult a doctor at least one and a half to two months before you start your trip.

Can I leave part of the luggage in Iquitos?

Most hotels have a luggage store (left luggage) for their guests at no additional charge.

How much money should I take for trips?

In our itineraries everything is included. We suggest that you carry up to S/ 200 Soles (around US$ 70) in 10 and 20 Soles bills to buy some drinks, crafts or for tips. All this is optional.

How much is an adequate amount for tips?

It will depend on your satisfaction with the service received. Tips are regularly between S/ 50 to 100 Soles (around US$ 16 to 30), but the amount depends solely on you.

Can I bring a present for the local communities?

Yes. Take into account that health and dental services in these towns are limited, so we do not suggest sweets. The best thing is to give fresh clothes, fishing hooks and nylon, school supplies (notebooks, pencils, crayons, etc.), medicines that do not require a prescription (analgesics, anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, etc).

What should I take to the expedition?

Each traveler should bring the following:

Equipment

  • Flashlight with replacement batteries

  • Insect repellent with DEET

  • Sunblock (minimum SPF 40)

  • Personal medications

  • Protective hermetic bag for cameras or electronic equipment

  • Canteen or small bottle to load water

  • Camera and / or video camera

  • Solar charger or enough batteries for your equipment

  • Binoculars (optional)

  • Notebook (optional)

  • Tent (optional)

  • Light sleeping bag (optional)

  • Inflatable pillow (optional)

Clothing

We recommend garments made with a light, fresh and quick-drying material:

  • Comfortable pants

  • Long sleeve shirt

  • Long socks to use with rubber boots

  • Swimwear

  • Rubber boots (wellies). Also available to buy in Iquitos until size 44 (EUR) or 10.5 (US). Price US$ 8

  • Trekking shoes

  • Sandals or flip flops for bathing

  • Towel

  • Wide-brimmed hat

  • Rain poncho

Amazon Explorer offers you the following equipment:

  • Mosquito nets

  • Light camping mat

  • Bed sheets

Survival and extreme expeditions have special requirements.

What is the recommended footwear?

Do not wear rubber boots during boat trips, you must wear sandals or tennis shoes. The rubber boots are for walking on night excursions or wet terrain. For more comfort, you can bring your trekking shoes.

The rubber boots offer additional protection against scrapes caused by leaves or thorns, insect bites or snakebites.

Is it necessary to have previous experience in the jungle?

No. However, for extreme expeditions and survival, we recommend having some experience.

Should I bring water to drink?

Amazon Explorer provides purified water for your expeditions. In the case of long-term expeditions or areas of difficult access, the water is boiled and purified.

During the excursions can you swim with dolphins?

In all our trips we always see pink and / or gray dolphins. You can swim in the same waters, but these animals do not usually approach humans.

Can we recharge batteries?

In areas where we go there is no electricity, so we recommend that you bring solar chargers or portable chargers to minimize the impact of disposable batteries. In case you bring disposable batteries, you must bring them back to the city of Iquitos to discard them.

Do you offer travel insurance?

No. We recommend that the traveler take out travel insurance directly in their country before traveling to Peru.

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