FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. WHO ARE WE?
Organizers and Executors of Genuine Nomadic Survival Expeditions in Sporadically Explored and Unexplored Amazonian Territories.
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 ELSE TO KNOW BEFORE CONSIDERING US?
We are strictly dedicated to the organization and conduction of long-lasting Nomadic Survival Expeditions.
We only choose to explore non-tourist jungle destinations of rarely explored and unexplored Amazon territories.
We focus on Small Groups Only in order to provide the best-personalized experience.
We strongly promote our non-conventional style to highly motivated participants with strong adaptation capacities and who are in a good physical and mental condition to undertake the challenges that the Amazon rainforest demands by nature. Whether your decision is to request us to organize a Private Expedition for you alone or your group only, or you're traveling solo and need our assistance to help you find a travel buddy for a Shared Expedition; either way, our goal will remain intact, which is to deliver the genuine Amazon experience you came to us for.
Each member of our team is of Amazonian Origin. 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 roots found among us is what makes us unique.
We are not looking to compete with any other team in the region, we respect them all as pioneers or beginners in the field with their own style and ways of offering an Amazon experience as best they can and know how. On whom we focus and always seek to improve at all times is our team, doing what we do in the most natural and authentic way because we were born here and grew up here, the Amazon is our home, and there is nothing to change or implement in our local way of life. Once again, our sole purpose is to show you the real life of an Amazonian indigenous group today, rescuing as much as possible their ancestral customs and traditions.
Last but not least, every cent we earn being ambassadors of our own homeland, stays for our region, native communities, and families.
The best recommendation we can give to any 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, we all be able to allow ourselves to embrace and be embraced by a very unique and nonjudgmental journey in the depths of a natural environment as complex as the Amazon rainforest, a once in a lifetime experience that has no room for comforts, luxuries or prejudices.
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. WHEN CAN I PROCEED WITH MY 50% BOOKING DEPOSIT PAYMENT?
As soon as you agree with our rates; terms and conditions, and once your exact travel dates are determined.
4. 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. The remaining balances are effective the day of your arrival to Iquitos.
5. WHAT GROUP SIZE IS CONSIDERED 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 adjust by arranging the big group into small independent groups, all with their very own exploratory team, equipment, etc.
6. WILL I SHARE MY EXPEDITION WITH UNKNOWN TRAVELERS?
The Decision is yours and yours only!, while all our expeditions are sold as PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS, and no traveler or group will end up with travelers they don't know, we'll still be providing you the following options in case:
a) You are a SOLO TRAVELER or GROUP that we helped you join another SOLO TRAVELER or GROUPS with your permission.
b) Whenever we organize shared expeditions for an open public to join.
7. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS?
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 others, while other travelers 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 of 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, therefore, keeping it private may be ideal for you.
8. 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%.
9. WHAT IF MY FLIGHT ARRIVES THE SAME DAY, AND AT A LATER TIME MY EXPEDITION BEGINS?
If you booked a Private Expedition we can make certain adjustments, otherwise, not too much we can do about it.
10. ARE WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS GUARANTEED?
Sightings cannot be guaranteed in any natural environment and of any animal species, since nature is very unpredictable and full of surprises. What does work in our favor is that we only explore remote jungle areas, which maximizes our chances of finding wildlife.
Our expeditions take place in the 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 conducted in it, and, 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. The more explorations we do, our chances of sighting wildlife will increase.
11. 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.
12. WHERE DO I STORE MY EXTRA LUGGAGE?
You can leave your extra luggage in our office during your expedition and avoid any additional hotel storage fees and 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.
13. WHAT ARE THE HYGIENE FACILITIES LIKE?
If you are too concerned about having a normal bathroom for showering, or the needs of a comfy city toilet while in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, then our nomadic style is not made for you. In most of our expeditions, we use a very isolated jungle settlement called "THE CENTER" or "EL CENTRO" in Spanish. Well, "OUR CENTER" what we recognize as well as our Jungle Survival Training Camp/Healing Retreat Center, the best we'll be offering around are basic portable showers and rustic toilets while our phases of preparation and survival training last, as well as during our days of practice and healing with Amazonian Master Plants, all this before we proceed to our final survival phase which we call it the isolation phase, where the real time to blend in with pure nature will come.
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.
14. HOW MUCH IS IT FAIR TO TIP LOCALS?
This is VERY OPTIONAL no tips are necessary since AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS contributes to local communities on every expedition. But, 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 your bills are in 10's or 20's Soles to easily buy drinks, local souvenirs, etc. which is another genuine way to financially contribute around.
15. IS IT OK TO BRING GIFTS FOR 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 are fresh clothes, fishing hooks, fishing nylons, school supplies, hygiene kits, and first aid kits that contain basic supply medications that require no prescriptions.
16. DO THE BOATS HAVE A ROOF?
Some do, and some don't.
17. IS PURIFIED WATER PROVIDED?
Yes! ….. you will have purified/disinfected water during our entire expedition, we strongly recommend visitors to bring their personal camel packs or personal water bottles to be constantly refilled throughout the day, hydration should be everyone’s responsibility and priority.
18. WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?
Our meals are not the typical tourist food, for the most part, we’ll be cooking Amazonian local food with food ingredients that last in the heat and humidity of the tropical rainforest. We will supplement our meals with fresh fruits, vegetables, and eggs for the first day or two of our expeditions. Starting Day 3 since nothing fresh will last for so long in this type of environment, beans, lentils, peas, and a variety of starches will come in place to save our days.
We might also supply our diets on the first few days with previously smoked meats, and then fresh fish and meats will also come in place but from our daily fishing and hunting trips to complement longer expeditions. We'll try our best to offer special diets, such as vegetarian, vegan, or any kind of diet by request, but we'll be real, it is not guaranteed.
19. ARE THERE A LOT OF HIKES ON EXPEDITIONS?
Yes, we'll have from short/medium to long/intense jungle hikes combined on every expedition, and all are mostly done at a slow/moderate speed pace, and/or according to the visitor's physical endurance. Keeping always in mind that exploring at a slow/moderate pace in the jungle is truly necessary since most of what we find and come across is vegetation, and to be able to spot animals you must take your time to look around and listen to all the wild sounds quietly. During expeditions, hikes are very important to enjoy what's surrounding us in the wilderness.