Can I request a salt free diet?
It is critically important to ingest sufficient quantity of salt in a rainforest
environment. Most people from a northern clime sweat profusely, as the body attempts
to cool itself in the hot, humid environment. The level of sodium lost during sweating
must be replenished or a condition of hyponatremia will ensue. Essentially, the plunging
level of sodium in the blood drives fluid into the body’s cells. In the cranium, the
resulting swelling of the brain first leads to symptoms of dizziness and headaches, as
well as mood swings. If untreated by the simple ingestion of salt, advanced symptoms
include severe vomiting, coma and ultimately death.
Can my children come?
We have lots of children visit, from ages 6-18. At no extra cost you can have your
itinerary customized to include activites your children will enjoy. Families are assigned
private guides who have experience working with children. A list of references from
families that have brought children will be emailed to you. Children receive a discount
cost of their trip.
Do I need to be innoculated for yellow fever?
Yellow fever is not currently in the Loreto Department of Peru. No vaccination certificate
Do you charge a single supplement?
We do not charge anything extra for single travelers (does not apply to extensions to the
Do you have hot showers?
In the Amazon rainforest, water heated to 30-33 degrees Centigrade will become a soup
of mycobacteria. If aerosolized by a shower head the bacteria can be inhaled into the
lungs and cause a serious, tubucular-like pulmonary infection. For this reason, like all
other jungle lodges, we have only cold water showers
Do you have laundry service?
Yes we have a nominal charge for a bag of clothes to be laundered. Clothes are
laundered in a traditional jungle fashion, beaten on logs, and then hung out to dry by
sun (may take a day to dry, or longer depending on the weather.
Do you have the latest in technology?
Iquitos city is the world’s largest city not connected to any other city by road. It is
surrounded by huge rivers and impenetrable Amazon flood forest and would be cut off
from the outside world if not for air flights and incredibly long boat travel up 2000 miles
of river. Surprisingly we do have access to some technology and have installed solar
power, outlets to charge camera batteries, LED lighting, satellite connected wifi and
computer stations and even modern flush toilets. Other technology, such as electric
boat motors or quiet 4 stroke motors do not yet exist for sale in Iquitos.
How do I get a customized itinerary?
Email us with your dates and general interests. We answer all emails within 24 hours. Contact us directly by email at email@example.com
How do I make a reservation?
We can take a deposit with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, personal check or through PayPal.
Is Malaria a problem there?
The CDC breaks down regions into political departments, and so the department of
Loreto, described by the CDC as Iquitos region (Iquitos is the capitol) is regarded as a
hotspot for malaria, with over 70,000 cases last year. Facts not mentioned by the CDC:
all of these cases come from the Nauta area and zone SSW of Iquitos where brown
water forest ecology in which lives Anopheles darlingi mosquito, the only carrier of
malarial parasites in Peru. The most recent study (2014) of malaria transmission has
identified the artificial fish ponds used for pisciculture in this region as being the major
breeding ground for Anopheles darlingi and vector for malarial transmission. We do not
have this ecosystem or this particular economic activity close to downtown Iquitos or in
the Tahuayo River basin. We do not have any Anopheles darlingi in downtown Iquitos or
the Tahuayo River basin. This is because this species does not breed in water with a
high concentration of phenolic chemical compounds (so called blackwater or highly
acidic water) which dominates the Tahuayo River basin ecosystems. Other facts not
mentioned by the CDC: the most effective treatment against one of the four subspecies
of Plasmodium falciparum present in Loreto-Nauta zone, is actually resistant to
Chloroquine and Malarone and so Larium (98% effective) is now recently recommended
for people who work or visit that zone. But Larium also blocks protein synthesis in a way
that severely compromises functioning of your immunological, neurological, circulatory,
respiratory and digestive systems. Some 20% of Larium users experience severe side
Should I buy Travel Insurance?
We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. We have seen too many
times people have to cancel at virtually the last minute because of health reasons or the
illness or death of a family member. Problems with airlines as far as losses due to flight
cancellation, delay or lost luggage is another common problem. Trips can also be
cancelled due to problems beyond the control of the tour operator (and are thus nonrefundable).
Peru has enjoyed political and economic stability and peace for the last
two decades, except in the region of Lake Titicaca, where labor strikes typically close
access for 1-2 weeks every year. In 2001 a strike closed access to the Inca Trail for a
couple of weeks. Several years ago protests in Iquitos shut down the airport for a few
days. More common are environmental disasters. Earthquakes are common in Peru
and in the 1990s several landslides closed the train tracks to Machu Picchu for periods
of days to weeks. Floods typically have more far reaching consequences. In 2010 a
January flood of the Urubamba River damaged the train tracks to Machu Picchu and
access to Machu Picchu was closed until June. In February 2012 the Urubamba flooded
again and access to Machu Picchu was closed for several days. The time of highest
weather risk in visiting Machu Picchu are the months of January and February,
although if train tracks are damaged access may be closed through June. The Inca Trail
has sometimes been closed any time of the year due to rockslide avalanche, snow,
freezing rain, etc. In the Amazon basin a record flood in April 2012 closed virtually all
jungle lodges. The season of greatest flood risk in the Amazon is late March through
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What are the guidelines for giving tips?
Tipping is not required. The staff of Amazonia Expeditions is very well paid with
excellent benefits of family health insurance, disability insurance, retirement pensions
and all other social benefits. Tips should only be given if your trip was outstanding and
you are highly motivated to tip. The amount is solely at your discretion. If you wish to
give some to all of the behind the scenes people responsible for maintenance, cleaning
and cooking a group tip can be given c/o lodge managers Rolex or head hostess
What clothes should I wear in the jungle?
We simply recommend raingear, short and long sleeved shirts and pants, a hat with a
brim and a bathing suit. To be any more specific would be self defeating because
people have such great individual differences in what they feel is appropriate. We have
a photo in our office of two people perfectly dressed for the rainforest–one has flip-flops,
shorts and a tank top, while the person next to him has jungle boots, socks, long
camouflaged pants that tie around the ankles, long sleeved shirt, gloves and hat with a
mosquito net that falls from the brim. Both are perfectly outfitted in a way that best suits
What documents are required?
If you are a citizen of the USA or Canada all you need is a passport. You do not need a
visa. You do not need a vaccination card (unless you are also traveling to Puerto
Maldonado in Peru). For all other countries please check with the Peruvian government
What gifts can I bring to the native people?
Gift giving must be done very carefully, to ensure that the relation between our guests
and the natives continues to be one of mutual affection and does not degenerate into
the natives becoming beggars for goods nor resentful because some of their neighbors
receive special attention/gifts. The relationship of our tourism company and the natives
is managed by Dolly Beaver, herself a native of the region. She makes sure that all of
the people in the communities have access to medical care (Dolly built the clinic in
Esperanza Village), that all qualified children have access to higher education, that the
women are economically empowered and that the natives are incentivized and
rewarded for contributing to the conservation of the region. Please read some of the
newsletters that Dolly has written, which are available at
We have two ways to make suggested contribution that does not interfere with cultural
norms. One is to give a tax-deductible donation to AOA to buy some books the teachers
want. We can have the books ready in Iquitos for you to bring to the school and give to
the teacher. Suggested donation $30-100
Another is to host a nutritional breakfast at a school. Donation to AOA is $250
Or to pay two weeks salary of a nurse at the clinic $400
You can donate through PayPal using the “Donate now” button at the end of the link
What if I have to cancel?
If we buy your airfare at a discounted price that is usually nonrefundable. Depending on
your itinerary, 50-75% of your other trip fees are refundable until 40 days before travel.
If you think you may have reason to cancel we recommend that you buy trip
What is the exact location of the main lodge?
Latitude 4.18.68 South
Longitude 73.13.91 West
What is the best time of year to visit?
The temperature does not vary much, because we are close to the equator. Rainfall
varies a little, from a 50% chance of afternoon showers in April (wettest month) to 30%
chance of afternoon showers in September (driest month). Months that the lodges tend
to fill up with guests are; March, June-August, December holidays.
What is a typical day like in the jungle?
There is no typical day. Every day is different, every week is different. The wonder of
the Amazon is the incredible biodiversity. But common encounters are rare, while rare
encounters are common. The Amazon is a dynamic, ever changing environment. There
are more than a thousand interesting things that you could take place during your trip.
This is why many people do return trips; we even have several guests who have done
more than 10 trips in the past two decades. Every trip to the Amazon is a completely
What is the food like?
We serve buffet style, with a variety of western style and regional foods at every meal.
Servings include a number of vegetarian dishes. Our culinary staff can also prepare
special dishes–let us know at least a month in advance for special dietary needs.
What kinds of footwear should I bring?
For any trekking in the forest we have jungle boots for you. Do not bring your own
jungle boots unless they are brand new, as they may transmit chrytid fungus which
would put our amphibian fauna at risk. For trips on boats or to the native villages you
can wear tennis shoes or water moccasins.
What is the length of time of an average stay?
We are in a region of mega-biodiversity so there is a lot to see and do. We recommend
a minimum stay of 8 days. But we do have people staying as short as 3 days and as
long as 3 months. For people staying 5 days or less we only use the main lodge. There
is a great variety of activities from the main lodge, hiking in varzea and terra firme
ecosystems, canoe in flood forest, canopy zipline, swim in lake, visit native
communities. But the wildlife is better and the forest more pristine at our remote
Research Center Lodge. You must stay a minimum of 6 days total to include a visit to
the Research Center Lodge.
Where can I store items for safety?
We have never had a theft at the lodge. But if you are worried you can give items to the
lodge manager to hold.
Will my camera be affected by the humidity?
Years ago cameras would sometimes be affected by the humidity. People used to bring
silica gel to put inside zip lock bags with their cameras. But the new cameras that
operate with digital chips don’t seem much affected by humidity.