These are some of the frequently asked questions we get from our travelers:
Do I need a visa to enter Peru?
Travelers with a US, UK, Canadian, Australian or New Zealand passport do not need a visa to enter Peru for tourism or business, for up to 90 days. For those traveling with another passport, information on visa requirements for Peru is available at the following link: http://www.projectvisa.com/visainformation/Peru
Is my passport valid?
We recommend that visitors to Peru travel on a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their trip. Please remember that if you are hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, when starting the trek you must present the same passport to the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary rangers with which you made your original booking.
Do I need vaccinations?
No vaccinations are mandatory for entering Peru. However, most travelers choose to vaccinate themselves against hepatitis A, typhoid fever and tetanus. If you are planning to travel to the Amazon basin, you should consider malaria prophylaxis and yellow fever vaccination. Check with your physician or local clinic before traveling.
Will I be met at the airport?
Yes, if your itinerary includes transfers or you have asked us to pick you up, our staff will be at the airport to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. We can also provide airport transfers at the end of your itinerary.
Should I travel with cash or bank cards?
Cash is easy to exchange for local currency, and in areas that receive tourism US dollars are readily accepted. If you plan to use cards, inform your bank before departure that you will be using your cards overseas. Current exchange rates can be checked at the following link: https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/
Are ATMs available?
ATMs are available at most destinations included in our itineraries, providing both US dollars and Peruvian currency. The most secure ATMs are those located in banks, hotels, restaurants or stores.
What kind of weather should I expect?
Weather in Peru varies according to the geographic region you are traveling in, and also altitude.
How should I prepare for high altitude?
The best way to deal with high altitude is by allowing the body time to adapt. We recommend at least one day with minimal activity at altitude, to allow the organism to begin to adjust. During your first days at altitude, your metabolism will be working hard to make more red blood cells, in order to carry the limited oxygen available around your body more efficiently. Be sure to eat lightly during your first few days at altitude, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.
Who will guide me?
We work with experienced local guides, all of whom have graduated in tourism after a 5-year course at a Peruvian university. All our guides speak English and Spanish and are knowledgeable, patient and informative.
Guides in other major languages are also available upon request.
What type of camping gear do we use on the trek?
We supply all the camping equipment for the group to enjoy the great outdoors safely and comfortably.
Our sleeping tents: EUREKA Timberline Outfitter 4
Weatherproof and spacious.
Sleeps: 4 (we use for every two clients)
Floor Size: 8' 7" x 7' 1" / 2.65 m. x 2.16 m.
Our mess tents and toilet tents features
Dualis sleeping pad features
Sleeping bags (on request)
Sleeping bags: Regular features
What processes do we have in place to ensure this equipment is always in perfect condition?
Our full time logistics staff continuously maintain and/or replace all our equipment.
To ensure proper use of our equipment, all gear is handled by our field crew during the treks.
Do you provide sleeping pads?
How do you treat water on the trek?
Water is treated with purification tablets and also boiled.
What food safety processes do you have in place?
All foodstuffs are purchased immediately before departure to guarantee freshness and correctly packaged and handled by our trained staff to ensure food safety.
Recommended flight times to go to Tambopata
Our boat schedule is designed to coincide as closely as possible with flight times to and from Puerto Maldonado.
Three airlines serve the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado; LAN PERU, AVIANCA and STAR PERU.
We recommend those flights arriving (and returning) between 10:40 am and 1:00 pm.
When 8 or more guests arrive on one flight they will be transferred immediately to the Ecolodge.
If you have 2 passengers and there are other Ecolodge guests on the same flight (travelers who have booked directly or through other travel agents) they will share one boat and depart immediately for the Ecolodge.
If you have just one or two couples and there are no other guests on the same flight, they will remain in the small town of Puerto Maldonado until the next flight arrives with more guests. During this time (up to 2 hours) we will offer (at no extra charge) a city tour including; the main square, the international bridge (that goes to Brazil) over the Madre de Dios River and the local market.
Please note that airlines often change their schedules.
We recommend the following flights to Puerto Maldonado;
AVIANCA AV809 arriving at 11:35
LAN LA2075 arriving at 12:30
STAR PERU 2I1181 arriving at 10:40
LA2077 arriving MON WED FRI at 14:30
LA2081 arriving at 15:40
We recommend the following return flights:
AVIANCA AV808 departing at 12:55
LAN LA2076 departing at 13:05
STAR PERU 2I1182 departing at 11.25
2078 departing MON WED FRI at 14:30, or later flights.
Officially, vaccination against yellow fever is not required for travel to Peru; however, yellow fever is known to be present in tropical forest environments, and therefore vaccination is recommended for travelers planning to visit all South American, Central American and Caribbean rainforest habitats. Travelers preparing to vaccinate themselves against yellow fever should remember that they will need to get their shot at least 10 days before arrival in the rainforest. Persons already vaccinated should remember they will require a booster shot after ten years.
At time of writing (March 2017), yellow fever vaccinations were available free of charge at Puerto Maldonado airport; however, as indicated above, it is important for anyone thinking of getting their shot at the airport to remember that yellow fever vaccination will only give protection against the disease ten days after administration.