Peru Travel Info
Preparing for a trip to another country can be challenging, especially when you’re going to the Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon Rainforest is not as intimidating as you might imagine, at least not the parts where you’ll be going. It is quite rare to see a wild animal, and if you do it will most likely be a monkey or a lizard. Here are the answers to many questions that people have about traveling and what to expect when they get to Iquitos and the Amazon Rainforest of Peru…
- It is not required to get any vaccinations in order to travel, however you may wish to get a yellow fever vaccination as a precaution, and getting vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Rabies is something to consider as well.
- We do not recommend that you take anti-malarial medication, as it sometimes reacts with the ayahuasca in an undesirable way. It is incredibly rare to contract malaria in the areas where course participants will be visiting or staying.
- You do not need a visa to visit Peru, but you do need your passport, which allows for up to a six month stay in Peru. It is a good idea to make a photo copy of your passport, which you can carry with you in Iquitos.
- There are many bank machines in Iquitos, so you do not need to carry a large amount of cash with you, or to purchase traveller’s checks. Bank machines dispense both US and Peruvian currency, and it is easy to exchange both Dollars and Euros for Peruvian Soles.
– Only US Dollars and Euros can be exchanged in Iquitos, so if you have any other currency that you want to exchange for Peruvian Soles, you will need to exchange your money in the airport in Lima. That will be your only opportunity to exchange anything other than dollars or euros to soles.
- Not many people in Iquitos speak anything other than spanish, so it would be a good idea to pick up a spanish phrase book and at least skim through it before arriving in Peru. The assistant healers on the retreat are bilingual translators, but it helps to know a little of the local language.
- Drink more than enough water, because dehydration can sneak up on you in the Amazon, where the temperature is usually above 90 degrees Fairenheit (32 C), with high humidity as well. It is common to be dehydrated after travelling a great distance in an airplane as well so it is especially important to drink more than enough water to ensure that you are properly hydrated during your stay in the Rainforest. Bringing your own water bottle is a great idea.
Average daily temperature in Iquitos is around 90 degrees (32C). However, at night it can get chilly, especially if it rains, and when you are in a ceremony late at night, you might find that you need your sweatshirt, or at least your long sleeve shirt. Sometimes, when you wake up in the morning, it’s still chilly as well, and a long sleeve is a nice thing to wear before heading out for the day. Socks are recommended because they keep your ankles free from insect bites, and pants are recommended when going on hikes or walking around. There will be some walking involved so you may want to bring hiking boots. Most items can be purchased in Iquitos if you forget something.
Suggested Items to Bring:
- Insect repellent
- Antibacterial lotion
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Water Bottle
- Raincoat or poncho
- Hiking Boots (optional but a good idea)
- 3 pairs pants
- 3 pairs shorts
- 7 short sleeve shirts
- 2 long sleeve shirts
- 1 hooded sweatshirt
- 8 pairs of underwear
- 8 pairs of socks
- Bathroom items – toothbrush, floss, shampoo, etc.
- 2 towels, 1 small towel
- travel alarm clock or watch
- 3 Bic brand lighters
If you need any assistance or advice on how to best book your flights, feel free to contact us. If you book your trip yourself online, you can now book flights directly to Iquitos. If you would like to book a flight directly to Iquitos, please keep in mind that there is only one international flight, and it flies out of Panama City to Iquitos on Saturdays, leaving at around 11am, so you’ll need to coordinate your departure date and/or time to coincide with that flight. If you plan on traveling in Peru before or after the course, then you’ll want to book a flight to Lima, Peru and then book another flight from Lima to Iquitos. You can book the flight directly to Iquitos or to Lima through a number of different websites like cheapOair or expedia or travelocity or orbitz and you can book your flight from Lima to Iquitos at: www.lan.com or www.starperu.com or www.peruvianairlines.pe.