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?                                                                                            

  • ​AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS does not provide the TYPICAL CONVENTIONAL TOUR SERVICES offered by 98% of the Travel Operators in the region. We are strictly dedicated in the organization and conduction of AMAZON JUNGLE EXPEDITIONS and AMAZON JUNGLE SURVIVAL only.

  • We choose to explore jungle areas where almost no other local Operator in the region have the guts to explore, all away from any modern civilization, to non-tourist jungle destinations, and from rarely explored to unexplored Amazon territories.

  • We focus on SMALL PRIVATE GROUPS and SMALL SHARED GROUPS ONLY, both with a MAXIMUM of (6) PARTICIPANTS PER GROUP.

  • Most of our journeys are mainly organized and executed for highly motivated participants with a strong adaptation capacity and who are in good physical and mental condition to undertake the challenges that the Amazon rainforest demands by nature. Taking into account also that if you're requesting to travel in your own PRIVATE GROUP versus a SHARED GROUP, your private group will have the advantage to request us to adjust your journey to the level of difficulty suitable to all the members of your group, "EASY - MODERATE - CHALLENGING - STRENUOUS", either way our goal will remain intact, by delivering everyone the same genuine Amazon experience you came to us for, and in a real jungle scenario. 

  • EACH MEMBER OF OUR TEAM ARE FROM AMAZON ORIGINS. All of them, with the motivation and determination to share their own Amazon survival knowledge in the most genuine and primitive way. The combination of different ethnic groups within the members of our team are without any doubt the #1 key to our success.

​The best recommendation we can give to our future visitors is to be prepared and be willing to integrate into a fairly nomadic experience that possesses only the most minimal and essential necessities. We believe that only by being aware of all this, travelers will allow themselves to embrace and be embraced to a unique and nonjudgmental journey in the depths of a natural environment as complex as the Amazon rainforest. 

The purpose and the mission of our team during every expedition, and survival training event will always be, to give each visitor the feeling of being part of its extraordinary ecosystem, exploring it in the most safest and responsible way.

3. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 2 TYPES OF PROGRAMS "EXPEDITIONS AND SURVIVAL", OFFERED BY AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS?

  • EXPEDITIONS: Focuses in the execution of nomadic jungle explorations in the depths of the Amazon, either to undertake searches for wildlife, to share customs and traditions with a few selected Amazonian tribes of sporadic contact, including their use of Master Plants and other Medicinal Plants of popular use in the Peruvian Amazon, to undertake adventures in search of certain specific species endemic of the area, and to accomplish the crossing of several Amazon territories, both the ones sporadically explored and the unexplored ones. 

  • SURVIVAL: Focuses in only learning how to survive the same way Amazonian Indigenous people do, base on what's obtained from the Amazon.

 

 

4. HOW DO I REQUEST SERVICES WITH AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS?

Visit our CONTACT US page and fill up your detailed inquiry.

5. WHAT’S NEXT AFTER SENDING MY INQUIRY?

Once we receive your inquiry, you will be responded VIA EMAIL, WhatsApp or BOTH within 5 working days. One of our Travel Coordinators will provide you the information you need (terms and conditions, rates, booking methods, etc.).

 

6. WHEN AND HOW CAN I PROCEED WITH MY RESERVATION?

Once we receive a response accepting our rates, terms, conditions, and to proceed with the reservation of your expedition, you'll get another email from us requesting to collect your 50% reservation deposit payment. Once your reservation is paid, your expedition and dates will then be 100% secured.

 

 

7. 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.​

8. 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. ​

9. 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.

 

10.  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.

11.  WHY SOME TRAVELERS DECIDE TO BOOK PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS/SURVIVAL?

  • 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 flights, etc.

 

  • More Exclusivity; Organizers will ONLY focus on your private group to go far and beyond to reach ONLY the expectations of your group.  

  • 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 most.

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 an organized shared 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 10. 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 we will do our best to make your time very enjoyable and memorable.

 

12. CAN I JOIN YOUR EXPEDITIONS AS A SOLO TRAVELER?

YES YOU CAN!, but it will cost more, almost equivalent to the price of 2 travelers.

13. CAN I JOIN OTHER GROUPS WITH AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS?

AMAZON EXPEDITIONS will never put different travelers/groups together in the same expedition/survival event without requesting the consent/authorization of each traveler/group.

 

The only 2 times AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS will put different travelers/groups in the same expedition/survival event together are:

  • When helping a SOLO TRAVELER looking to join another SOLO TRAVELER, and

  • When AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS organizes and publishes seasonal group sharing expeditions/survival events for an open public to join.

 

Visit our JOIN OTHER TRAVELERS page here!

 

14. WHAT IF MY FLIGHT ARRIVES THE SAME DAY, BUT AT A LATER TIME MY EXPEDITION BEGINS?

All good, no problem if you have booked a PRIVATE EXPEDITION and not a SHARED EXPEDITION.

 

15. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW TO HELP ME PREPARE BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER MY EXPEDITION?

Before:

  • 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.

 

During:

  • 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:

  • 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.

 

 16.  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.

 

17. 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, and 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 return flight.

 

18. WHAT HYGIENE FACILITIES ARE THERE FOR SHOWERING, TOILET NEEDS, ETC.?

For EXPEDITIONS: 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 at the least 1 or 2 nights fairly comfortably in jungle cabins in the middle of nowhere while exploring the Amazon jungle, it is by booking expeditions located near the TANSHIYACU-TAHUAYO REGIONAL AND COMMUNAL CONSERVATION AREA, expeditions such as the AMAZON CROSSING EXPEDITIONS where AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS possesses its JUNGLE SURVIVAL SCHOOL/GUESTHOUSE with private jungle cabins right at the head banks of the Tahuayo River. 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, and for many other different reasons. This far away Amazon Rainforest protected area is very pacific, and very isolated from the rest of the world.

 

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.

For SURVIVAL: All Survival Training Trips will be conducted in the middle of the Amazon, utilizing very basic exploratory equipment.

 

19. 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.

20. 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 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.

 

21. DO THE BOATS HAVE A ROOF?

Some do, and some don't, all will depend on your program.

 

22. 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.

 

 

 23.  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.

 

24. ARE THERE A LOT OF HIKES ON EXPEDITIONS/SURVIVAL TRIPS?

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 is vegetation, and to be able to spot animals you have to take your time to look around detailly and listen to all the wild sounds quietly. During expeditions, hikes are very important in order to enjoy the rainforest. In some of our exploration routes we may find trails connecting Villages, and unlike our Jungle Survival Expeditions, hikes could last many hours or days.