FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. WHO IS AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS?
AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS, is an experienced Amazon Jungle Travel Operator, made up of a well-selected team of local native guides, all from different Amazonian backgrounds, experts in the conduction of nomadic jungle expeditions and survival.
AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS Does Not Promote, Organize or Execute Conventional Type Trips, Nor Does it Support Establishments Where Animals Live Deprived of Their Liberty!
2. WHAT MAKES AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER OPERATORS IN THE REGION?
We truly focus on EXPEDITIONS, NOT TOURS, long-term and outdoor jungle expeditions far from civilization, in which we advise participants, to be prepared and willing to integrate into a fairly nomadic adventure, from zero to few amenities compared to a city life. We believe that only by being aware of all this, travelers will allow themselves to embrace and let be embraced to a unique experience and a nonjudgmental journey within the depths of a natural environment as complex as the Amazon rainforest. The purpose and the mission of our team during our expeditions will always be, to give each visitor the feeling of being part of its extraordinary ecosystem, exploring it in a safe and responsible way.
AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS provides a large variety of private expeditions, and organized shared expeditions, focused on the following jungle activities:
Adventure Expeditions, Wildlife Exploration Expeditions, Adrenaline & Extreme Expeditions, Amazon Survival Training, Expeditions of Coexistence with Amazon Tribes and Expeditions in Search of Amazon Master Plants.
3. HOW DO I JOIN AN EXPEDITION WITH AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS?
We have Two Travel Options, the First Option as "Private Expedition", or the Second Option by selecting as "Shared Expedition" on your inquiry form.
If you are selecting The Second Option, your expedition will be published on our website under a page called SHARED EXPEDITIONS BY REQUEST, From this point on, we will do our best to start inviting other potential travelers by using our social media accounts in order to maximize the chances of increasing the size of your group, while keeping you posted on it.
4. WHAT’S NEXT AFTER SENDING MY INQUIRY REQUESTING MY EXPEDITION AND TRAVEL DATES?
Once we receive your inquiry in our inbox, you will be contacted via email and/or WhatsApp by one of our Travel Coordinators within 5 working days to provide you more information about your requested expedition (terms and conditions, rates, booking methods, etc.).
As soon as we receive your reply accepting our rates, terms and conditions, and requesting to proceed with the reservation of your expedition, you'll be prompted to receive another email to collect the 50% reservation deposit payment. Once your reservation payment is paid, your expedition and dates will be 100% secured.
5. HOW AND WHEN DO I PAY THE REMAINING 50% BALANCE OF MY EXPEDITION?
The only method of paying your remaining 50% balance of your trip is with CASH ONLY, in Peruvian Soles or US Dollars, just please make sure the bills are In good condition, without creases, tears or stains, as banks do not accept damaged bills in Peru. Visitors will need to make their remaining payments effective upon arrival at the Iquitos airport or when you get picked up from your hotel the morning of your trip.
6. WHAT’S INCLUDED AND NOT INCLUDED IN MY PACKAGE?
All details about what's INCLUDED and NOT INCLUDED are displayed at the bottom of your selected expedition.
7. WHAT SIZE GROUP DOES AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS CONSIDER IDEAL FOR EXPEDITIONS IN THE AMAZON?
From 2 to 6 travelers per group is the ideal size. If you are a larger group we will make some adjustments, we’ll arrange the big group into small independent groups, all with their own exploratory team, transportation and equipment.
8. WHY AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS CHOOSES TO EXPLORE THE JUNGLE WITH SMALL GROUPS?
Better Navigability in Explorations
When exploring an ecosystem as complex as the Amazon rainforest, and even more so when you need to reach areas of low human frequency and high chances of encounters with wildlife, these territories with very narrow navigation access will require the explorer to have fairly light equipment and to travel in a rather small boats in order to successfully achieve explorations.
Keep in mind something here, if you are looking for exploration in a genuine natural habitat and not within an amusement park, the simple reality is that the more compact a group is, the better experience you will get.
9. WHY TRAVELERS SOMETIMES CHOOSE TO BOOK PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS OVER SHARED EXPEDITIONS?
a.) You Can Explore At Your Own Pace
Everyone is different when it comes to the time they like to spend in certain places. Some like to spend more hours doing certain activities than others, while others like to make the most of their time seeing everything they can. Therefore, unlike organized group trips, private trips give you full control over your time and schedule. Not everyone has a similar travel agenda as yours especially when it comes to international arrivals and departure flights, etc.
b.) More Exclusivity
We will focus on your private group to go far and beyond to reach ONLY your expectations.
c.) Total Freedom and Flexibility
Private expeditions allow you to choose exactly what you want to do and when during your journey without debating with others. Freedom on how to spend your time is the main reason why some travelers choose private trips instead of group organized trips. After all, nobody knows you better than yourself and maybe this is why private trips may be ideal for some.
In the end, everyone is free to choose the option that best suits them, we can provide the same quality of service, whether you want to join other travelers on a group expedition, or travel with someone you already know on your own private expedition.
This is also why AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS focuses on small groups and it works very well maintaining successful expeditions of no more than 6 people per group as mentioned in question number 6. It's About Quality, Not Quantity, and no matter how you decide to explore the depths of the Amazon with us, know for a fact that your time will be very enjoyable and memorable.
10. CAN I JOIN YOUR EXPEDITIONS AS A SOLO TRAVELER?
Expeditions cost a lot more as a SOLO TRAVELER, but YES YOU CAN!.
11. WHAT IF MY FLIGHT ARRIVES THE SAME DAY, BUT AT A LATER TIME MY EXPEDITION BEGINS?
You are still good, but ONLY if you booked a PRIVATE EXPEDITION, and not a SHARED EXPEDITION.
12. WHAT TRAVEL TIPS DO I NEED TO HELP ME PREPARE BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER MY EXPEDITION?
Allow yourself some quality time before your trip to visit the Preventive Medicine or Travel Medicine Unit. If you suffer from a chronic illness or if you are allergic to stings or bites, some type of medicines or other, be sure to take along the appropriate medication and inform the organizer of the trip beforehand, in anticipation of any unforeseen eventualities.
Also, if you are taking any medication, in particular, bring it along in your luggage and take note of the active ingredient (generic name). Some specific drugs are difficult to find or may have other names, especially in smaller towns.
In the case of malaria, prophylactic Antimalarial for swamp fever (malaria), commercial name “Malarone” pharmaceutical generic name “Teva-Atovaquone-proguanil”. We strongly recommend this one due to the mild to zero side effects. Start prophylactic treatment with MALARONE 1 or 2 days before entering a malaria‑endemic area and continue daily during the stay and for 7 days after return. Adults One MALARONE Tablet (adult strength = 250 mg atovaquone/100 mg proguanil hydrochloride) per day.
Recommended Vaccines: Yellow Fever, Diphtheria-Tetanus (DT), Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Rabies.
Updated Health Card must also contain: The most recent COVID19 negative molecular test, taken within 72 hours of arrival to Peru.
Always wear your Safety Rubber Boots, not just for the muddy terrain, but to protect you from snakes, insects, etc.
It will be almost impossible but try to avoid mosquito bites, the main vector of malaria, yellow fever and H-fever (dengue). Mosquitoes are mostly active from dusk until dawn. Always take the right precautions.
Use fresh, loose-fitting clothes that fully cover the body. Best light-colored cloth.
Use insect repellent on exposed areas. The most effective compounds against mosquitos are DEET (N, N-diethyl meta toluamide), permethrin and icaridin.
When sleeping, always check your mosquito netting for holes.
Avoid using perfumes and colognes, and perfumed deodorants as strong scents attract insects.
After completing the trip we recommend deworming.
Some tropical diseases do not manifest immediately, they can develop much after your return. In case of feeling sick, seek medical attention and inform health care providers that you made a trip to a tropical area not long ago.
13. HOW IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN IQUITOS AND IN THE PERUVIAN AMAZON?
Iquitos city and its surrounding areas are typical of a tropical jungle climate: hot and wet most of the year. The average high temperature is around 90ºF (32ºC) during the dry season and the average low is around 70ºF (21 ºC) during the flooded season, although it can sometimes get a little chilly in the evenings. It is also good to have something warm during exploration hikes, as body temperature can fluctuate considerably. Please make sure to bring a personal light sleeping bag or blanket, which will be helpful when feeling cold.
Our Flooded Season in the Amazon runs from December through May - summer, and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. It is our cooler and wet season, but keep in mind that we get only a little more than half (60%) of our total rainfall during the flooded season, and it is hot in the Amazon any time of year.
The Dry Season in Amazonia coincides with our winter in the Southern Hemisphere (from June through November). This is the warmer season, and, despite its name, the dry season still gets some heavy rains.
14. WHAT DO I DO WITH MY EXTRA LUGGAGE AND PERSONAL DOCUMENTS BEFORE I START MY EXPEDITION?
You can leave your extra luggage in our office during your expedition and avoid any additional hotel storage fees, also carry at least one personal identification document with you at all times. Please leave your passport secured back in our office as well, this way you don't lose it or damage it while in the jungle, and as a result you miss your international returning flight.
15. WHAT HYGIENE FACILITIES ARE THERE FOR SHOWERING, TOILET NEEDS, ETC. ON EXPEDITIONS/SURVIVAL TRIPS?
IF, your main concern is to AVOID sleeping outdoors and having normal bathrooms for showering while in the wild, IT WILL BE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE!. The only way to get travelers to spend 1 or 2 nights fairly comfortably in jungle cabins in the middle of nowhere while exploring the Amazon jungle, it is by booking expeditions under the TAMSHIYACU TAHUAYO EXPEDITIONS since the owner of AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS owns a PRIVATE JUNGLE GUEST HOUSE with private jungle cabins in the heart of this protected jungle territory. We use this place as a Jungle Survival School, Educational/Healing Trips with Amazon Master Plants and other Amazonian Native Plants, also used very often as a Guesthouse to accommodate travelers upon request when choosing this route for many other different reasons. This far away Amazon Rainforest protected area is very pacific, and very isolated from civilization.
Now, as for the rest of our expeditions with different destinations, most we will not have none of these little accommodations mentioned above, so we find it very important that in order to minimize the impact of your experience as much as possible, know that we do not promote any of our jungle expeditions as luxury type trips. On the contrary, you may encounter some physical hardships such as heat, humidity, biting insects, etc. Mobile bathrooms/showers tents will be available only upon request.
Most of our nomadic and experiential trips are focused on keeping the weight load of our equipment to the very minimum since overnights are performed on different jungle sites every exploration night across the jungle.
All Survival Training Trips will be conducted in the middle of the Amazon, utilizing very basic exploratory equipment.
16. HOW MUCH MONEY IS IT FAIR WHEN GIVING TIPS TO THE LOCALS?
This is VERY OPTIONAL no tips are necessary since AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS contributes with local communities on every expedition performed. In case you still feel very enthusiastic about it, we suggest that you carry around up to S/ 200 Soles NOT Dollars or other foreign currency when giving up tips, ensure yours bills are in 10's or 20's Soles to easily buy some drinks, or crafts as well to friendly and financially contribute with locals around.
17. IS IT OK IF I BRING GIFTS FOR THE LOCALS?
YES, and just a quick tip, health and dental services in jungle villages are limited to none, so we do not suggest to bringing sweets of any type. The best gifts to give up are fresh clothes, fishing hooks, fishing nylons, school supplies, and first aid kits that contain basic supply medications that require no prescriptions.
18. DO THE BOATS HAVE A ROOF?
Some do, and some don't, all will depend on your day/night excursion.
19. IS DRINKABLE WATER PROVIDED AND IS IT PURIFIED?
Yes, you will have purified/disinfected water during your entire expedition, we strongly recommend visitors to bring personal camel packs to be consistently refilled throughout the day, Hydration should be everyone’s responsibility and priority.
20. WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?
Our meals are not the typical tourist food, for the most part, we’ll be providing the Amazonian local food and it is food that lasts in the heat and humidity of the tropical rainforest. Basically, we will supplement our meals with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with fresh meats such as fish, chicken and beef for the first 2 days of our expeditions. Starting Day 3 with beans/lentils/peas/starches since fresh fruits, vegetables and meats cannot be kept cool for a long time in a hot environment.
We will also supply our diets with canned fruits, and a variety of previously smoked fixed meats and fresh fish from our daily fishing trips to complement longer expeditions. We will try our best to offer special diets, such as vegetarian, vegan or any kind of diet by request. Please keep in mind that as we are crossing certain indigenous villages, we will financially contribute with the friendly local inhabitants of the area, buying their supplies to re-enforce our supplies.
Last but not least, your AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS exploratory team assigned to your group, will be also carrying with them Military Rations (MRE- Meal Ready to Eat) to use them depending on the circumstances/emergencies, if applicable.
21. ARE THERE A LOT OF HIKES ON MY TRIP?
We will have from short/medium to long/intense jungle hikes combined on every expedition, and all will depend on what type of destination you are traveling to. Please check your expedition program to get a general idea of what to expect from it. All hikes through the jungle are mostly done at a slow pace, or according to the visitor's physical endurance. Keeping a slow pace in the jungle is truly necessary since most of what we find and come across with vegetation, and to be able to spot animals you have to take your time to look around detainly and listen to all wild sounds quietly. During expeditions hikes are very important in order to enjoy the rainforest. In some of our exploration routes there are trails connecting Villages, and unlike our Jungle Survival Expeditions, hikes could last many hours or days.
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