FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. WHO'S AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS?
Amazon Expeditioners; is an experienced and registered Travel Operator, made up of a well-selected team of local native guides from different Amazonian backgrounds, experts in providing genuine and adventurous nomadic expeditions and survival in remote and isolated Amazon territories of low to zero human presence.
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 US DIFFERENT FROM OTHER OPERATORS IN THE REGION?
We are strictly dedicated in the organization and conduction of NOMADIC AMAZON EXPEDITIONS AND SURVIVAL ….."NOT TOURS".
We only choose to explore isolated jungle areas, all to non-tourist destinations, and from rarely explored to unexplored Amazon territories.
We focus on SMALL GROUPS ONLY, PRIVATE OR SHARED, both of 2-6 TRAVELERS PER GROUP.
Most of our expeditions 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 the level of difficulty of some of our expeditions to the level suitable to all the members of your group, "MODERATE - CHALLENGING -STRENUOUS". Either way our goal will remain intact, which is to deliver 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 us, with the motivation and determination to share our own Amazon survival knowledge in the most genuine and primitive way, and this combination of different ethnic groups that are found amongst the members of our team is what sets us apart from the rest.
We keep everything we do very simple on our social media accounts, we like our low profile. Even less do we seek to compete with anyone around, again, we do what we do because WE ARE 100% LOCALS, and every coin we earn by being ambassadors of our own lands, stays for our families, native communities, region and country.
The best recommendation we can give to our future visitors from the get go, is to be prepared and be willing to be integrated into a fairly nomadic experience that possesses only the most minimal and essential necessities. We believe that by being aware of all this, travelers will allow themselves to embrace and be embraced to and from a very 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 experience will always be to give each visitor the feeling of being part of this extraordinary ecosystem, exploring it in the most safest and responsible way.
3. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 2 PROGRAMS OFFERED BY AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS?
AMAZON 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, the use of Master Plants and other Medicinal Plants of popular use in the Peruvian Amazon, adventures in search of certain species endemic of the area, and to accomplish the crossing of several Amazon territories, both the sporadically explored ones and the unexplored ones.
AMAZON SURVIVAL: Focuses in learning how Amazonian Indigenous people survive in remote jungle areas of the Amazon by vastly and wisely employing what nature provides only.
4. WHEN CAN I PROCEED WITH MY 50% BOOKING DEPOSIT PAYMENT?
As soon as you agree with our rates, terms and conditions, and once we determine your exact travel dates.
5. HOW AND WHEN DO I PAY THE REMAINING 50% BALANCE OF MY EXPEDITION?
The only method of paying the 50% remaining balance of your expedition is with CASH ONLY, in Peruvian Soles or US Dollars. Make sure the bills are In good condition, without creases, tears or stains, as banks do not accept damaged bills in Peru. Remaining balances are effective the day of your arrival to Iquitos.
6. WHAT SIZE GROUP DOES AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS CONSIDERS IDEAL WHEN EXPLORING THE AMAZON?
We believe that a small group of up to 6 travelers is the ideal size. In case of larger groups we'll make adjustments by arranging the big group into small independent groups, all with their own exploratory team, transportation, equipment, etc.
7. WILL I SHARE MY EXPEDITION WITH TRAVELERS I DO NOT KNOW?
No! .... all our expeditions are sold as PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS ONLY, and no traveler or group will end up with travelers they don't know, unless:
a) You are a SOLO TRAVELER or GROUP that we helped you join another SOLO TRAVELER or GROUPS with everyone's permissions.
b) Whenever we organize seasonal or shared expeditions upon request for an open public to join on our Join Groups with Scheduled Dates page.
8. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF BOOKING A PRIVATE EXPEDITION?
You Can Explore At Your Own Pace; Everyone is different when it comes to likes and dislikes. Some travelers like to take their time doing certain activities more than other travelers, while others like to make the most of their time seeing and doing everything they can. Therefore, unlike shared expeditions with travelers you do not know, private ones will give you full control over your time and schedule. Not everyone has a similar travel agenda as yours as well, especially when you all come from all different parts of the world.
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 and when to do what you want without debating with others. Freedom on how to spend your time is the main reason why some travelers choose private experiences instead of sharing. After all, nobody knows you better than yourself and maybe this is why keeping it private may be ideal for you.
9. CAN I BOOK EXPEDITIONS AS A SOLO TRAVELER?
Of Course You Can!..... Unfortunately, it will cost you more.
Rates for SOLO TRAVELERS are calculated as follows: Total Cost of 2 Travelers Minus 10%.
10. WHAT IF MY FLIGHT ARRIVES THE SAME DAY, AND AT A LATER TIME MY EXPEDITION BEGINS?
If you booked a PRIVATE EXPEDITION we can wait for you, otherwise, not too much we can do about it.
11. ARE WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS GUARANTEED ON EACH EXPEDITION?
Sightings cannot be guaranteed in any natural environment and of any particular animal species, since nature is very unpredictable and full of surprises. What does work in our favor is that we only explore protected and remote areas, which maximizes our chances of finding wildlife.
Our expeditions take place in primary jungle, rich in biodiversity where we have carried out a biological inventory registering different specific species to develop all our expeditions with better success.
Wildlife sightings depend on many factors, such as the weather, the level of the river, the duration of each expedition and the number of explorations developed in it and, more importantly, the luck of being in the right place and at the right time.
Remember the longer your availability, the more extensive and intensive your experience will be, and the more you extend and intensify your experience, the more remote, isolated, challenging and extreme will be our journey. Basically, the more explorations we do, our chances of sightings increases.
12. HOW IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
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.
13. WHAT DO I DO WITH MY EXTRA LUGGAGE 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.
14. WHAT HYGIENE FACILITIES ARE AROUND?
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 TAMSHIYACU-TAHUAYO REGIONAL AND COMMUNAL CONSERVATION AREA, expeditions such as the AMAZON CROSSING EXPEDITIONS where AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS possesses a JUNGLE SURVIVAL SCHOOL/GUEST HOUSE with private jungle cabins right at the head banks of the Tahuayo River. We use this place as a Jungle Survival School, Educational/Healing Retreats with Amazon Master Plants and other Amazonian Native Plants, also used very often as a Guest House 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 urban cities and even nearby indigenous communities.
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 luxurious trips. On the contrary, you may encounter some physical hardships such as heat, humidity, biting insects, etc. We can provide mobile bathrooms/showers tents only upon request in case this is one of your greatest concerns.
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.
15. HOW MUCH MONEY IS IT FAIR TO TIP 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 out 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.
16. 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.
17. DO THE BOATS HAVE A ROOF?
Some do, and some don't, all will depend on your program.
18. IS PURIFIED WATER PROVIDED?
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.
19. 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.
20. ARE THERE A LOT OF HIKES ON EACH EXPEDITION?
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.