Important Information Document
YGL Amazon Resilience Journey
Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru
November 20 – 27, 2021
The Peruvian Government has taken the following measures to fight COVID-19:
• Travelers entering the country must fill out a sworn statement (link) and also provide the following before boarding the plane: a negative molecular test (PCR), a negative antigen test or a medical certificate of epidemiological discharge. PCR or antigen test results must be obtained no later than 72 hours prior to check-in.
• The entrance of non-resident passengers from India, South Africa and/or Brazil, or who have made a stopover in such countries in the last 14 days, is suspended until June 20 (this will continue to be updated with new dates).
• Quarantine is not required anymore for travelers entering the country, except for Peruvians and foreign residents from South Africa, Brazil and/or India or who have made a layover in those countries, they must mandatorily quarantine at their home, accommodation or other temporary isolation center for a period of 14 days from the date of arrival in Peru.
• The only requirement for local flights is the signature of a sworn statement indicating that the traveler does not have symptoms of COVID-19 and the use of face shields.
For further information:
Immunizations & Medications
We advise you to discuss with your own travel doctor the immunizations and medications that are appropriate for you.
For the Amazon, yellow fever is the only officially recommended vaccine. Having said that, there are no yellow fever cases that Rainforest Expeditions has seen in Madre de Dios, the region where we will be. If you do get it, the vaccine is fairly standard and can have mild fever as a secondary effect.
For Peru, hepatitis and typhoid fever vaccines are recommended to protect against diseases you might get from unclean food anywhere in Peru and other parts of the world.
Some people choose to take malaria medication in Tambopata and altitude medication in Cuzco, but malaria is extremely rare in the Madre de Dios region. I have never taken malaria medication in this location or heard of a case.
For Cuzco, the best way to avoid altitude sickness is too eat light meals, get rest, drink plenty of water and fluids, including the coca tea offered at the hotels, and avoid too much alcohol and caffeine.
Weather in November – Tambopata and Cusco
The lowland rainforests of Tambopata lie far enough south of the equator to provide a cooler, drier winter season between May and October/November. We will hopefully not be rained on too much. But they call it a rainforest for a reason! The general weather conditions are warm and humid. In Tambopata, the average daytime high temperature is between 78F and 93F (24C and 31C). The average nighttime low is between 66F and 78F (20C and 24C). In Cuzco, the daily highs are between 65F and 72F (around 20C) and nighttime lows between 40F and 49F (around 6C).
In case of emergencies, we have a first aid kit that is equipped to deal with most cases that may reasonably arise in the area. For snake bites, we have extractors and antivenom at the lodges. In case of evacuation, we need to travel by boat by to Puerto Maldonado. During the day, evacuations will take about 5 hours. During the night, evacuations will take about 8 hours. In Puerto Maldonado there is access to a state clinic with basic conditions.
Power, Light and the Internet
The lodge is run mainly on solar and propane. You can charge batteries a few hours a day in the dining rooms. There is (SLOW!) wireless internet available at night but there is no phone (GREAT!). Rooms have some electric lighting for a few hours at night. The rest of the time it is candlelit.
Rainforest Lodge FAQ
Some other important points you should be aware of:
1. ROOMS: Rooms in the Rainforest Expeditions eco-lodges have three walls. The fourth wall that looks out to the forest is waist-high. This is to maximize your exposure to the jungle (good for you!) but it also means that sometimes we may have a bat or two flying above the beds at night. Insects are not a problem because beds have mosquito nettings that you tuck in at night. Walls are made of wild cane, so they are not great at insulating against noise – if your neighbor is a loud snorer, you may hear him or her. Bring earplugs if you’d like!
2. BOAT: The boat ride to and from lodges can belong – up to 6 hours long. That means you will end up in the middle of nowhere with peccaries as your closest friends! We will stop a couple of times to stretch our legs. Also, the boat ride is an opportunity to view wildlife (the best chance to see jaguars).
3. WEATHER: Weather is hot and humid with no air conditioners. Imagine Florida with no air conditioning! Be conscious, especially on the first couple of days to avoid too much sun exposure. Don’t drink too much alcohol in Lima the night before and stay hydrated and out of the sun!
4. MORNINGS: Be prepared for early mornings! Some outings start a 4:30 a.m. Sounds strange for a vacation, but we want to be out when wildlife is most active, which is at the crack of dawn.
Having said that, the jungle is a wonderful place in which we will have a lot of fun! Here are complete descriptions of the lodges and photos. Click on Tambopata Research Station and Posada Amazonas for our two lodges.
Flights, Lima Hotels, and Taxi
See flights and hotel tabs for details.
At the Lima Airport, just after you complete Customs but before leaving the arrival area of the airport, there is a counter that says “Green Taxi.” They should charge about 20 USD for a cab to the Miraflores neighborhood, where Hotel Suyay (and the other recommended hotels are located). Book a taxi through them to make sure it is a formal taxi driver. They only take cash. We will take taxis again the next morning from our hotels to the Lima airport for our flights to Puerto Maldonado (also referred to as Padre Aldamiz). Plan again on 20 dollars cash, and check with the hotel regarding the best time to depart the hotel, given traffic and your flight times. We will discuss this at the Welcome Dinner as well and will try to organize to go in groups from the two hotels to minimize the number of taxis.