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Explore the largest river and the greatest tropical forest in the world during a journey full of discoveries in the Peruvian Amazon. On land and by riverboat, explore two very different parts of the legendary Amazon rainforest to discover an incredible variety of flora and fauna and meet with indigenous communities. We start the tour with several days at an incredible lodge in the Amazonian Rainforest with all the comforts of home, including air conditioned rooms, private bathrooms, swimming pool, and elaborate gardens. The majority of the tour is spent on our comfortable riverboat, La Perla, our floating hotel moves with us as we explore the heart of the largest river in the world.

From its first trickle high in the Andes Mountains, the Amazon River winds more than 4,200 miles through South America. The river and its thousand tributaries snake past frontier cities and remote villages in six countries before spilling 500 billion cubic feet of water into the Atlantic. More than just water, the Amazon is the lifeblood of a rainforest that is home to more than 40,000 plant species and an eclectic culture of shamans, farmers, and curious children.

Under a rich forest canopy, find an astounding diversity of bird species: Over 1,800 species — more than 50% of South America’s recorded birdlife — have been spotted in Peru. Over 450 species of mammals are known from Peru, including over 40 species of primates.

Tour Highlights

  • Delve deep into the rainforest along jungle paths and myriad tributaries on hikes and excursion boat rides
  • Ascend high above the rainforest floor for a bird’s eye perspective on the suspended pathways and platforms of canopy walkways
  • Savor abundant birdlife, wildlife, and all that the Amazon offers while traveling in modern comfort
  • Immerse yourself in the nature and culture of the Amazon with expert naturalists who ensure you learn about the Amazon’s plants, wildlife, people, and history
  • Witness birds and mammals here so difficult to see in less-pristine areas, from macaws to guans, large woodpeckers to fabulous raptors, and so much more
  • Discover the fascinating relationship between the river and the people who live along the banks
  • Intertwine yourself in an atmosphere that pulsates with life

Trip Itinerary

Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary may occur to account for weather, road conditions, closures, etc. and to maximize your experience.

Wed., Oct. 23: Arrivals in Lima

Arrive at your leisure at Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, Peru (LIM). As many international flights arrive late in the evening, you may consider coming in a day early to rest and explore a bit of Lima, the large and dynamic capital of Peru and home to excellent museums and a world-renowned culinary scene.
Accommodations at Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel

Thurs., Oct. 24: Fly to Iquitos | Boat to Ceiba Tops Lodge

After breakfast at our hotel, we transfer to the Lima Airport for our two-hour morning flight over the Andes to Iquitos. After arrival, we are met by our Lodge’s drivers and transferred to the nearby boat dock with a brief orientation to Iquitos. Here, we board the lodge’s speedboat to travel twenty-five miles downstream to Ceiba Tops Lodge. We admire the vast Amazon as we move along the river and expect to see many Turkey and Lesser and Greater Yellow-headed Vultures, Cocoi and Capped Herons, egrets, Large-billed and Yellow-billed Terns, and other typical Amazon mainstem species. Upon arrival at the lodge, we settle into our comfortable rooms, which offer hot water and air conditioning. The lodge also has a swimming pool, hammocks, public wi-fi, and a lounge, for those who care to indulge.

After a buffet lunch at the lodge, we begin our bird and wildlife observations as we walk through the rainforest to a small lake, where giant Victoria Regia lily pads grow, some spanning three feet. The long toes of the Wattled Jacana enable it to walk across the lily pads. We also look for Gray-cowled Wood-Rail, Purple Gallinule, Sunbittern, and, if we’re lucky, Sungrebe. The vegetation right around the lodge harbors Glittering-throated Emerald, White-bearded Hermit, and other hummingbirds and we search for White-eared Jacamar, Chestnut-eared Aracari, and Russet-crowned Oropendola in the trees. Here, conservationists hatch turtles that can be seen sunning themselves. This evening, we head out for a nocturnal forest walk and search for caimans on the banks of the lake with the aid of spotlights. We also look for the unique frogs and insects that create the nightly symphony of forest sounds and, with luck, an owl or two.
Accommodations at Ceiba Tops Lodge (B,L,D)

Fri., Oct. 25: Primate Reserve | Yagua Indigenous Community

Those who wish can get up at dawn and meet your guides for a birding excursion on the grounds of the lodge. After breakfast, we travel by speedboat to a private reserve dedicated to primates, both free-roaming and rehabilitated. The reforested area is planted with fruit trees and creates a natural rainforest environment for Wooly, Equatorial Saki, and Yellow-handed Titi monkeys as well as tamarins and marmosets. Photo opportunities abound!

After lunch, our speedboat takes us along the river to the Yagua Indigenous community. Our guides introduce Yagua culture and we discuss how their traditions and lifestyle have evolved over time. We also have the chance to see how Yagua elders still use blowguns for hunting and have opportunities to support the community by purchasing their handicrafts.
Accommodations at Ceiba Tops Lodge (B,L,D)

Sat., Oct. 26: Canopy Walkway | Maijuna Indigenous Community

Today, we get an early start for a full day adventure along the Amazon and Napo Rivers. We board our speedboat and travel to the Napo-Sucusari Biological Reserve and the Maijuna Indigenous Community in Sucusari. The Maijuna land reserve encompasses over 390,000 hectares of rainforest spread between four Maijuna communities that oversee its conservation. We meet a Maijuna elder who shares his stories while leading us on a walk through their ancestral lands to the canopy walkway.

The suspended canopy walkway spans over 500 meters (one-third of a mile) across the rainforest, with connected platforms reaching a height of over 35 meters (115 feet) above the ground. The walkway provides a unique opportunity to easily access a perspective of the rainforest rarely seen by people. There have been over 450 species recorded from the Canopy Walkway and we get a unique and otherwise not attainable perspective on this immensely biodiverse portion of the rainforest. We may see Greater Yellow-headed Vulture and Plumbeous Kite soaring overhead while White-necked Puffbird and White-fronted Nunlet perch on the branches, looking for insect prey. If we’re lucky, a fruiting tree near the walkway may attract a huge variety of species for us to sort through. Highlights might include Gilded Barbet, Golden-collared Toucanet, Black-headed Parrot, Wire-tailed Manakin, and Spangled Cotinga. Hopefully, one of the mixed-species flocks that this area is known for passes through and filled with colorful tanagers, dacnises, and honeycreepers!

After lunch at the ExplorNapo Lodge, we spend time in the ReNuPeRu Ethnobotanical Garden, where over 240 species of plants are tended by a shaman and his assistants. Our guide translates as the shaman describes the medicinal and spiritual uses of these plants. We return to Ceiba Tops in time to enjoy the pool or hammocks before dinner.
Accommodations at Ceiba Tops Lodge (B,L,D)

Sun., Oct. 27: Depart Ceiba Tops | Butterfly Garden | Embark La Perla

After breakfast we travel by speedboat back to Iquitos, making a stop en route to visit Morphosapi, a community butterfly garden managed by local families. We then reboard the speedboat and continue to Iquitos, where we meet our motorcoach to drive the 75 kms (2 hours) to the port of Nauta and embark on the riverboat La Perla, our home for the next six nights. As we settle into our cabins and take in the panoramic views from the observation deck, the ship begins navigating upriver toward the Marañon River (in Peru, the Amazon River above the junction with the Ucayali River is known as the Marañon).

The La Perla hosts just 28 guests in its 14 cabins, and we enjoy lovely rooms with plenty of space and fresh, bright interiors. The covered observation deck is perfect to relax in the shade, with chairs, tables, and even hammocks, while the other common spaces like the dining room and bar offer similar simple elegance.

During our river cruise, we explore the waterways and go ashore via the ship’s small skiffs in the company of our expert naturalist guides, with excursions in the early morning and late afternoon. Small villages, home to local communities of “ribereños” (river people), dot the shoreline and channels weaving through island mazes provide close-up views of a variety of birds. We may find marsh birds such as Oriole Blackbird, Green Ibis, Yellow-headed Caracara, Black-capped Donacobius, Solitary Black Cacique, and White-headed Marsh-Tyrant. After relaxing lunches aboard, our guides provide enriching presentations and discussions on the areas we visit, local culture, and customs. The bartender demonstrates the best recipe for the iconic Peruvian cocktail — the pisco sour — and there is ample time to refresh, relax, and take in the scenery.

After sunset, we head out to search for nocturnal wildlife. We are likely to see various species of nighthawks, nightjars, and fishing bats as they come out to forage in the darkness. Enjoy a special welcome reception and dinner tonight aboard with live music from our ship’s band.
Accommodations Aboard La Perla (B,L,D)

Mon., Oct. 28: Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

Those who rise early get to experience the amazing “dawn show” on the Amazon: raptors (Black-collared Hawk, Great Black Hawk, Yellow-headed and Black Caracaras), Russet-backed Oropendola, toucans, macaws, parrots, and parakeets galore. A lucky few may even spot a Bare-necked or Purple-throated Fruitcrow. We begin our discovery of Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, one of the largest and most well-protected conservation areas in Peru. Renowned for its biodiversity, the forests remain flooded for much of the year and are most easily accessed by boat, as we do on this tour. Pacaya-Samiria is the known home to 450 bird species, 102 species of mammals, over 130 species of reptiles and amphibians, and countless plants. An excursion into this largest wetland reserve in the world provides the opportunity to see 13 species of primates, including Monk Saki, Red Howler, Saddle-backed Tamarin, and Squirrel Monkey.

Our wildlife observations may also include Amazonian Umbrellabird, Scarlet-crowned Barbet, macaws, sloths, monkeys, toucans, trogons, quetzals, parrots, and more. We have a special picnic breakfast on the Yanayacu River in Pucate, one of the best protected and preserved areas of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. This area is often visited by Gray River and Amazon River (pink) dolphins which sometimes cavort near the boat or along the shoreline. Then we board local canoes and paddle through one of the most beautiful aquatic ecosystems in the world. You may want to take a refreshing dip in the river. Back on board the ship, lunch is served in the dining room. Afterwards, join our guides for a presentation on Amazon philosophy.

Go ashore this afternoon for a meeting with a shaman—a wise woman from the San Regis community who, with translation by our guides, shares her knowledge about ancestral rituals, medicinal plants, and the Amazonian perspective, providing an opportunity for reflection and spiritual exploration. We end with a tree planting ceremony, our contribution to the local environment.

Back aboard the riverboat, enjoy live music before dinner, then enjoy the sounds of the Amazon rainforest that surround us in the night.
Accommodations Aboard La Perla (B,L,D)

Tues., Oct. 29: Small Boat Excursions | Jungle Walk | Piranha Fishing

Before breakfast, we take our small boats through Iquitos Brook, a privileged area for sighting numerous species that are hard to find elsewhere, such as Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Dusky-billed Parrotlet, Bluish-slate Antshrike, and Hauxwell’s Thrush. Afterward, a buffet breakfast is served on board. On our morning jungle walk, we keep our eyes peeled for Rufous-breasted, White-bearded, Great-billed, and Reddish Hermits and other hummingbirds that collect nectar from the exquisite, huge flowers of the towering Heliconia rostrata, or “false bird of paradise.”

Lunch and mid-day relaxation aboard. This afternoon, we take our small boats to the Shiriyacu stream. For those interested in something different, our guides find the perfect location for piranha fishing, using local equipment and techniques. Piranha are very common in the slower-moving water. With luck, we may catch red-breasted, white, or black piranha, and feast on our catch this evening at dinner!
Accommodations Aboard La Perla (B,L,D)

Wed., Oct. 30: Gasparito Brook Birding | Yacapana Creek

We enjoy an early morning boat excursion towards Gasparito Brook, a very popular area for bird and primate watching. We look for wading birds such as herons, Azure Gallinule, Wattled Jacana, Black-banded Crake, and Horned Screamer. After breakfast, our small boats take us to Marayali Lagoon, where we observe wildlife and giant waterlilies, the largest aquatic plants on the planet. Return to the ship for lunch on board and time to relax. In the afternoon, our small boats explore Yacapana Creek in search of new imposing landscapes and more emblematic species of the Amazon, such as Muscovy Duck, White-eyed Parakeet, Pale-legged Hornero, and Silvered Antbird. As we head back to the riverboat, enjoy the wonderful light and the incomparable colors that unfold in the sky during sunset. Few experiences compare to contemplating the endless colors on the Amazonian horizon, as night falls and the prodigious symphony of the forest envelopes us.

Enjoy a tranquil evening aboard with live music and delicious cuisine.
Accommodations Aboard La Perla (B,L,D)

Thurs., Oct. 31: Ucayali & Yarapa Rivers | Vista Alegre Community

At dawn, we board the skiffs and glide along the banks of the Ucayali River to observe Canary-winged Parakeet and spectacular Blue-and-Yellow and Scarlet Macaws that fill the dense treetops, a true spectacle of color and life in the heart of the forest. Primates are also fairly common, including noisy Squirrel Monkey. Following breakfast, our small boats explore through the black waters of the Yarapa River, where we search for toucans, aracaris, Short-tailed, Mealy, and Orange-winged Parrots, parrotlets, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, iguanas, sloths, and monkeys high up in the trees. The riverside vegetation might harbor caciques, Red-capped Cardinal, Red-and-white Spinetail, and maybe tanagers such as Paradise, Turquoise, or Green-and-gold.

After a delicious lunch on board and siesta, our guides present a discussion on local Amazonian culture prior to this afternoon’s visit to the town of Vista Alegre, where our guides facilitate conversations with members of the community to learn about their daily life and local traditions.

Back on board, we enjoy live music and entertainment by the crew along with a delicious dinner.
Accommodations Aboard La Perla (B,L,D)

Fri., Nov. 1: Amazon River

Today we arrive at the place where the Amazon River forms; the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali rivers, where the Amazon River is born. Amazingly, we are about 2,400 miles from where the river flows into the Atlantic. The river drops only about 350 feet the entire way! Before returning to La Perla, we explore the Piraña Cocha area, looking for more wildlife. A Ccocha is an oxbow lake where a former river channel has been cut off from the mainstem—these lakes harbor unique species of plants and animals; we look for Sungrebe, terns, Black Skimmer, kingfishers, parrots, and parakeets. The forest alongside the cocha may harbor Long-billed Woodcreeper, Castelnau’s Antshrike, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, and Hooded and Orange-headed Tanagers.

After lunch we have our final adventure: a walk through the winding jungle trails where we search for poisonous frogs and countless exotic animal species. In this area we also observe a variety of giant trees known by the locals as “avatar.” We have opportunities to support the local economy by purchasing handicrafts made by the women of the community.

We’ll raise a toast to our final majestic Amazon sunset and enjoy a farewell celebration dinner on board.
Accommodations Aboard La Perla (B,L,D)

Sat., Nov. 2: Disembark | Fly to Lima | Departures

After breakfast on board, we arrive at the port city of Nauta, and have time for an early morning visit to the city market before we disembark and drive to Iquitos Airport for the flight to Lima. Please schedule your flight from Lima to the US to depart after 8:00 PM tonight from Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM). (B)

Please Note: Due to the ever-changing nature of the rainforest and conditions beyond our control, day-by-day activities are subject to weather, trail, or river conditions on the day of operation. First and last day schedules may be adjusted to accommodate flight arrival/departure times.

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Cost of the Journey

The cost of the tour ranges from $TBD – $TBD per person, double occupancy based on cabin type. Single occupancy is available on a limited basis at $TBD for a Standard room and $TBD for an Amazon View cabin. Tour price includes 10 nights’ accommodations, all meals as noted in the itinerary, land and boat transportation during the journey, domestic airfare (Lima-Iquitos-Lima), professional guide services, park and other entrance fees, and miscellaneous program expenses.

Tour cost does not include personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drinks from the bar, and gratuities for luggage handling or other services. This cruise is in high demand with very limited space on the boat. Payments are due in full at 120 days before departure. 

Cabin Prices Observation Deck (Top Deck) — Superior Cabin Double: $TBD Per Person Upper Deck (Middle Deck) — Standard Cabin Double: $TBD Per Person — Standard Cabin Single: $TBD — Amazon View Cabin Double: $TBD Per Person — Amazon View Cabin Single: $TBD Lower Deck — Superior Cabin Double: $TBD Per Person

Please note: Cruise payments are subject to the terms and conditions of the cruise company, Conservancy Travel, we contract with and may be fully non-refundable. These terms and conditions are primary over those of Naturalist Journeys.

Naturalist Journeys’ Added Value: Why cruise with Naturalist Journeys? First and foremost, it doesn’t cost you more to cruise with us. You pay the same rate you would if you booked directly through the operator. That’s where the perks come in! When you book with Naturalist Journeys, you’re part of a group. We send a leader with you who adds excellent hosting and interpretation skills, and facilitates group interaction. We also send you a species list and trip report once the trip is over. So really, you get the benefit of a small-group guide without the added cost!

Travel Details

Please plan to make air travel plans only after the minimum group size has been met. We will send you a confirmation email as soon as the trip has been confirmed.

Arrival: October 23, 2024
Arrival Airport: Lima, Peru (LIM) at leisure

Departure: November 2, 2024
Departure Airport: Lima, Peru (LIM) Evening flights out after 8:30 PM. Most carriers depart around mid-night; if yours is a morning choice plan to overnight and go out the next day. We fly back from Iquitos to Lima this day from the cruise to connect to evening flights onward. 

VISAS: A tourist Visa is required for Peru but is free and can currently be completed at the Port of Entry.

Travel Tips: The Costa del Sol at the Lima Peru is a modern and very comfortable choice right there at the airport for early arrivals. It is easy to book online, send us your confirmation number and we’ll be sure to send that with our tour room list. Remember if your flight arrives at dawn, and you want to get into a room (normal check in time is 2:00 PM), you need to book the night before. Lima has many fascinating museums and delightful parks and neighborhoods to explore if you enjoy city time at your leisure. There are numerous boutique hotels in the city.

Items of Note

Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
Located within Jorge Chávez International Airport, the Hotel Costa del Sol serves as a convenient stopover, with a walkway directly connecting the airport terminal to the hotel entrance. The hotel features a restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, 24-hour fitness facilities, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, and massage. Rooms are available either nightly or hourly, if needed, to recharge during a long layover of before late international flights.

Ceiba Tops Lodge
Situated 25 miles downstream from Iquitos on the banks of the Amazon River, the rustic, comfortable lodge is set amongst delightful gardens and pathways. The lodge features bungalow-style, air-conditioned accommodations with two twin beds that can be made up as one large bed. Buffet style meals are served in a large, screened, river-view dining room. The full bar with lounge areas invite guest to relax in local ambiance. Hammocks and an outdoor swimming pool provide ample relaxation opportunities. Walking trails and discoveries along the river by boat are led by excellent naturalist guides.

Riverboat La Perla
La Perla’s 14 cabins blend modern amenities and traditional Amazonian style and feature a panoramic window. Each cabin has air conditioning, desk, closet, a chest with drawers, hair-dryer, toiletries, private bathroom with shower, 24-hour hot water, and smoke detectors. Meals aboard La Perla are a combination of traditional and international cuisine created with locally sourced ingredients. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served buffet style. Most special diets can be accommodated with advance notice. Rubber boots and ponchos are provided on board the ship.

Standard cabins: 151 sq. ft. with two twin beds convertible into king bed.
Amazon View cabins: 151 sq. ft. One cabin with one double bed; one cabin with one king bed; access to shared balcony.
Superior cabins: 215 sq. ft. with two twins beds convertible into king bed.

Browse below for trip reports and species lists from past versions of this and other tours from this destination.


Essential Information +

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This information is important for being prepared for your journey; we want you to have the best experience possible. If you only read one section, this one is key!

Ahead of your tour:

  • Make sure your passport will be valid at least six months after the date of your scheduled return to the U.S. Travelers with a U.S. passport do NOT need to apply in advance for a visa for this adventure. It is free and issued at the port of entry. If you are from another country, please contact the Embassy of Peru’s website for guidelines.
  • Please check current CDC recommendations for travel to Peru and consult with your doctor about general travel vaccinations you should have as precaution for travel. See the “Health and Inoculations” section below.
  • Travel insurance in case of serious medical emergency is strongly recommended. Full health coverage and repatriation is available through Allianz Travel Insurance.
  • Make your international flight reservations to Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM). Send a copy to the Naturalist Journeys office please.
  • Soft sided luggage/duffel bags are easiest for packing. Pack essential medications in your carry-on luggage, as well as one day of clothing and optics in case of luggage delay.

Arrival into Lima (LIM)

Please note: If you are delayed in travel, please refer to your emergency contact list, and contact your ground operator, with a back-up call to our office. You may also WhatsApp message, phone or text your Naturalist Journeys guide.

Plan to arrive into Lima at your leisure by the start date of the tour. It is advised to carry a copy of our Emergency Contact List with your travel documents. We advise that you exchange money into Peruvian Soles at the airport. This is very important! ATMs are not widely available once out of Lima. The airport ATM is the best location for changing money. We would suggest you come prepared as time may deter you from being able to visit an ATM during your trip. For more information about currency and money, see the “Spending Money” section below.

HANDY WEBSITE for Peru airport information:

Please check the Travel Details section of this tour for additional information and updates.

Departure from Lima (LIM)

Please plan your departures on the last day of your tour for after 8:30 PM. Watch the flight times carefully; many flights depart around midnight, so do make sure you have the correct date. Please let us know if you need guidance booking this departure. It can be confusing, and we wouldn’t want there to be a mix up. 

Please check the Travel Details section of this tour for additional information and updates.

Passports, Visas & Documents

You must have a passport valid for six months beyond your scheduled return to the U.S. Your passport should have at least one blank page per stamp. If you are from another country, please contact the Peru embassy website for guidelines. Information for U.S. citizens can be found at:

A visa is NOT required for U.S. citizens to enter Peru. A tourist/embarkation card will be provided upon arrival in Peru. Airport authorities will keep half the card, and you will need to keep the other half safe as you will need to provide it at each accommodation, and it MUST be presented on your departure from the country. Keeping it inside your passport is recommended. KEEP THIS DOCUMENT IN A SAFE PLACE AS IT IS REQUIRED FOR EXIT.

As a precaution for loss or misplaced travel documents you are carrying on your person during travel, it is wise to carry a color photocopy of your passport ID page, your travel visa and even the back of your credit card(s) in your luggage or a carry-on, as a backup. Also, leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home. You may want to take a photo with your phone and have a copy there, along with a photo of the BAR CODE on your luggage tag. This greatly expedites getting a new one if necessary – we hope everyone will keep it close at all times and losing it will not be an issue.

General Health & Inoculations Information - Be Prepared!

We will share your health information with your guide. This information will be kept confidential but is very important as we want to be best prepared in case of a medical emergency.

At the time of writing, no immunizations are required for entry into Peru from the U.S. or for re-entry into the U.S. Keep in mind that most of your time will be spent aboard the riverboat and in hotels and restaurants where food preparation standards and sanitary conditions are excellent. The CDC recommends that all travelers be up to date with routine vaccinations and basic travel vaccines (such as Hepatitis A and Typhoid) before traveling to any destination. Please check with your doctor for recommendations at least 4-6 weeks before departing on your trip. If you are traveling to Peru from another country, you should check to see what those requirements may be.

It is not required but you may want to consider the Yellow Fever vaccine, as these are good for ten years (and more and more they are saying they are good for life). Many international travelers will either have one or get one for this trip and it will be good for other destinations in the future. Please speak with your general physician before any trip abroad. More information on Yellow Fever prevention in Peru is available with maps a the CDC Yellow Book.

Travel Tip: If you do receive the Yellow Fever vaccine, we suggest that you bring your Yellow Fever Card with you on your trip. If Peru makes a last-minute change to their entry policy before you leave, having this document might make all the difference. If you cannot get a vaccine due to age and caution on that by your physician, then bring a physician letter saying you are in good health, but they do not recommend due to age that you get the vaccine.

A medically trained person will be placed on board as a member of the Amazon boat staff during the cruise.

Prescriptions and Allergies: It is a good idea to pack any meds you take regularly in your carry-on luggage.  Bring an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses, plus plenty of cleaning solution. (A strap to prevent accidental loss of eyeglasses may be useful). Bring an adequate supply of any prescription medications you use, a copy of the prescription and a list of generic names of your medicines as “back-up” in case it is necessary to purchase drugs while abroad.  You’ll want to keep medications in their original, labeled containers.  It is also recommended to carry with you an up-to-date record of known allergies, chronic medical problems and Medic Alerts so that, if necessary, emergency treatment can be carried out without endangering your health. (Please note that Epi-pens are not available during this trip).

Common Ailments: We highly recommend that you bring a small personal supply of medications for relief of diarrhea, and respiratory problems. Some may feel most confident if they bring a broad-spectrum antibiotic just in case; ask your physician. Since you will be traveling by riverboat, you will not experience high waves or choppy waters. Most travelers will not need motion sickness medications.

Recommended for heat and sun exposure:

  • SUNBURN: Peru is close to the Equator – protect yourself from the sun! It feels good, but its effects quickly accumulate.
  • A hat is a must to protect you from the strong tropical sun.
  • Bring plenty of sunscreen and lip protection to last the whole trip.
  • Pack good quality sunglasses.
  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants to protect skin.
  • Alcohol: Keep in mind that because of the heat and humidity, you may find yourself more susceptible to the effects of alcohol than you would at home. Please keep this in mind, especially prior to excursions.


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Mosquito Protection and Malaria

Malaria: Talk to your doctor about how to prevent malaria while traveling. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for all areas below 6561 feet elevation. You may need to take medication before, during, and after your trip to reduce the likelihood of contracting malaria. Other mosquito-related diseases can be present as well.  No high intensity of infection is noted, and malaria along the route you follow is rarer each year, but possible. More information on malaria in Peru may also be found in the CDC Yellow Book.

Prevention: Preventing bites is essential to protect yourself from diseases spread by mosquitos. Insect repellents should be EPA-registered and contain at least 20% DEET and be sure to apply sunscreen before you use insect repellent. Permethrin-treated clothing and gear are effective – you can purchase pre-treated clothes or treat them yourself with a spray. These sprays are readily available at sporting goods stores or departments, or online. Do not apply permethrin directly to your skin.

Follow these preventive measures, particularly between dusk and dawn, to guard against bites:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and hats. Bring a long pair of socks to tuck your pants legs in. Wear closed-toe shoes rather than sandals.
  • If repellent is used lightly but regularly, insects should not be a serious problem. Avoid aerosol sprays. Lotions or pumps are best.
  • Avoid using colognes, hairspray, and scented lotions and shampoos that may attract insects.
  • Use strong insect repellent; the most effective contain DEET, although this can cause rashes and other problems in some people if absorbed through the skin or wounds therefore you should test for this in advance.


DEET can degrade plastic, camera equipment etc. Be careful when applying it and wash your hands before handling a camera or binoculars. Please apply your repellent prior to boarding the excursion boats and take into consideration those standing nearby who may have allergies or respiratory issues. 

Weather & Climate

The Iquitos area is located a few degrees south of the Equator and is characterized by strong tropical sun and high humidity. Average temperatures range from the upper 70° to upper 80°F year-round during the day, to the lower 70s at night. It can be cool on the river at night or on overcast days. There is very little seasonal variation between winter and summer temperatures. The average humidity ranges from 60-80%, and rainfall occurs approximately 250 days out of the year. Most showers occur in the late afternoon or evening and are of short duration. Lima temperatures vary from 70-84°F January through March; 63-81°F April through June; 59-66°F July through September; and 61-75°F October through December.

Food & Drinks

Buffet style meals are served in a large, screened, river-view dining room at the Ceiba Tops Lodge. The full bar with lounge areas invite guest to relax in local ambiance. Meals aboard La Perla are a combination of traditional and international cuisine created with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. There is a bar with a selection of beers, wines and liqueurs. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served buffet style. Coffee, tea and fruit juices are served with meals. Soft drinks, sport drinks and alcohol will be at an additional cost. Diet soft drinks are not always available on the riverboat. They are available in hotels, usually at a higher cost than regular soft drinks. You will be asked to sign for drinks purchased on the riverboat. Accounts will be settled at the end of the voyage and can be paid by Visa, MasterCard or cash. Most special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.

All food on the riverboat and at lodges and hotels/restaurants on the adventure are carefully prepared, and the drinking water and water used for ice on the riverboat is purified. Bottled water is available free of charge on the riverboat. The risk of exposure to food and water-borne diseases on your expedition, especially when away from the riverboat or hotels, can be further minimized by: 

  • Exercising caution in what you eat and drink apart from your group meals.
  • Avoiding food purchased from street vendors.
  • Avoiding uncooked food or unpeeled fruits and vegetables apart from your group meals.
  • Drinking only water that is purified or bottled and sealed; use this water when brushing teeth.
  • Avoiding getting water in your mouth when showering.
  • Cleaning your hands frequently and always before eating.
  • Not using ice in your drinks except at restaurants that cater to tourists.
  • Asking your guide’s advice when in doubt.

Spending Money

The Sol (S/) is the official currency of Peru. For the current exchange rate, please refer to an online converter tool like or your bank. The U.S. Dollar is the second currency and is commonly accepted in Peru (especially in hotels or businesses that cater to visitors). Bring crisp, unsoiled U.S. dollars in SMALL denominations (no larger than $20) that are in excellent condition and dated post 2000. However, not every business (smaller restaurants and shops) will accept U.S. dollars. For that reason, we still recommend converting some money into Soles.

We advise you carry a mix of different types of payments, such as U.S. dollars and local currency, an ATM card, and a credit card. You will need to bring cash for premium bar tabs, souvenirs, personal items and tips.

You can exchange your money in Peru. If you will be shopping during the village visits, we suggest exchanging approximately $100 per person into local currency. The easiest way is to withdraw funds from an ATM at the airport. ATM machines are readily available in large cities, like Lima, and become less available in rural areas. The ATM will dispense local money and your bank will convert into U.S. Dollars. Many banks charge a fee of $1 - $5 each time you use a foreign ATM. Others may charge you a percentage of the amount you withdraw. Check with your bank before departure. You must become familiar with how to use your ATM card and PIN number ahead of the journey. There are no ATMs on the riverboat.

In general, credit cards are accepted in Peru, but mostly in larger cities. For handicrafts and smaller purchases, such as drinks with dinner, it is easiest to have cash available, preferably in Soles. We suggest you have more than one card available. You may want to bring more than one brand of card (one Visa, and one MasterCard; American Express is less accepted), if possible. Not every shop will accept every card. Some machines are set up for both, while some will only service one or the other. Also, we recommend that you advise your bank or credit card company that you will be traveling to Peru to avoid questions, card freezes, or charges. Visa and MasterCard are accepted on the riverboat, at the lodge and hotels, and in some shops and restaurants.

Traveler’s checks can be difficult to use in Peru, especially in villages and small towns. We do not recommend that you use them.


Tipping is a personal matter, entirely voluntary, and should be based on your experience and level of service received. If you are pleased with the service you receive and in response to past requests for recommended amounts, we suggest the following for service. Please remember that all U.S. dollar bills need to be in excellent condition in order for staff to redeem them. Peruvian Soles may also be used; tipping in cash does guarantee that the crew will receive 100% of the amount you calculated:

  • Ceiba Tops Boat Driver: $5 per day, per guest
  • Ceiba Tops Lodge Staff: $15 per night, per guide (divided between lodge staff)

    At Ceiba Tops Lodge, there will be a box in the dining area for staff tips.

  • La Perla Naturalist Guides: $7-10 per night, per guide (split between guides)
  • La Perla Riverboat Crew: $12 per night, per guide, total amount will be divided

    On the La Perla, for your convenience, envelopes will be left in your cabin on your last night on board. There will be a box in the dining room on the last evening, where you can leave the envelopes. (On board the riverboat, if you prefer you may charge the Naturalist Guides and Boat Crew Tips; however to benefit the staff, cash is preferred. This allows an immediate dispersal without delay, otherwise charged tips must be dispersed with monthly payroll.)

Please note that tips for porterage, hotel and hotel restaurant personnel are included in the cost of the expedition. 

Cell Phones & Internet Service

If you plan to use your cell phone within the cities, please contact your cell phone provider before you leave to verify coverage within Peru. However, cell phone connectivity onboard the riverboat is not guaranteed and at best can be spotty and/or non-existent the further we travel from Iquitos, so please be prepared for no cell phone communications when on the river.

Satellite phones are not available in Peru. They must be purchased in the US and you need to verify with the carrier that you would have coverage in the Amazon as some do not work there. You may purchase a regular cell phone from the Lima Airport. The cost is approximately $10 for 1 to 30 days plus calls. Local calls are $0.49 cents per minute and $1.49 per minute for international calls. Coverage is still not guaranteed on the river. Prices listed are subject to change; please verify pricing prior to your purchase.

Please remember you are traveling to a remote area of the world where services are never guaranteed so it is best to be prepared for no cell phone access (even if rented in Peru) and no internet connectivity while on the river due to the remote areas where the boat will be traveling.

Family members should contact the operator or Naturalist Journeys offices with any emergency messages. 


Most hotels in Lima accommodate 110/220 appliances but may require a plug adapter. The voltage in hotels outside of Lima and on the riverboat is 220 volts and will require a current converter. More information can be found at You should travel with a current convertor and adapter plugs for all of your electronic equipment. If you need additional power supplies for electronic equipment, You may also want to travel with an international power converter kit that includes a current converter and a set of adapter plugs. If traveling with a C-Pap machine or other medical equipment, make sure that you check with the maker and that you bring any proper converters, adaptors or protectors for all devices. If you need distilled water for your C-Pap machine, please let us know and we will make arrangements to have some onboard.

The electrical output on vessels and in hotels can surge and affect appliances and devices that you have plugged into the outlets. Naturalist Journeys and the operator are not responsible for damages to these items. It is recommended that you please leave items plugged in only when in use, or for the minimum time required.

Gifts and Donations

If it gives you pleasure, feel free to bring gifts to donate to the villages. We suggest books with Spanish to English translation for children, craft supplies and song books or music with the Spanish to English translation. In line with standard ecotourism standards, your operator and guides will gather the gifts onboard prior to our visit and will present them to the village leader on behalf of the group who makes sure all families receive their equal share of supplies on an ongoing basis.


Peru observes Eastern Standard Time. When it is 10:00 AM on the U.S. East Coast and 7:00 AM on the West Coast, it is 10:00 AM in Peru. During Daylight Savings Time in the U.S., when it is 10:00 AM on the U.S. East Coast and 7:00 AM on the West Coast, it is 9:00 AM in Peru. Peru does not observe Daylight Savings Time. A great time website is

Photography Equipment List

If you are taking a lot of expensive camera, video, and/or sound equipment, we recommend that you make a list including description of each item, serial and model numbers, and your name and home address. Bring several copies of this with you. Customs may require this when you enter the country. They may also request a statement that you will bring all items back with you. If you only have one camera and/or video recorder, you should not have to worry about this. We recommend that you travel light!


Please contact Naturalist Journeys by email at or telephone at our office: (520) 558-1146 or toll free: (866) 900-1146 if you have any questions. Many thanks for traveling with us and we hope you enjoy your journey!


Pace & Protocols +

Pace of the Tour & What to Expect You will receive a Schedule-at-a-Glance and list of Read more

Pace of the Tour & What to Expect

You will receive a Schedule-at-a-Glance and list of hotels (our eContact List) a few weeks before your departure. This will serve as an outline for each day and alert you to any recent changes made in the schedule or to our hotels, if needed.

Our journeys are set up to follow the rhythm of nature. Our focus is on birding and nature; we offer full, well-planned field days and often get up early for that magical time around dawn. We generally follow the published itinerary, but we stay flexible to the weather, wildlife opportunities and the interests of the group. Your guide will keep you apprised of the next day’s schedule at each evening meal, noting what to bring and what to prepare for. Questions and/or concerns are welcome.

The pace of our Naturalist Journeys tours is moderate; to fully participate you should be able to get in and out of vehicles several times a day, and walk 1-3 miles over uneven terrain. It is important to participate with a flexible attitude as adjustments may be made in our schedule to make the most of our time in the field or for other purposes at your guide's discretion. We are not a “listing” bird company that drills down on target species, but at times we do wait for those special species unique to the places we visit. During the day, we take time to stop for photos and for educational opportunities to learn about conservation projects, landscapes, and geology. We appreciate other taxa as well as birds, with mammals often the biggest draw but plants and butterflies are also very popular. Our clients often lend their own expertise to the mix.

We like to make meals a fun and memorable part of the experience, too. Breakfasts are often at hotels, and we carry snacks, fruit, and water in the vans each day. Lunches are a mix of picnics in the field (weather dependent) and a chance to dine with locals at small cafes and restaurants. For dinner, we pride ourselves in our homework to keep up with the best choices for dining, choosing restaurants with atmosphere that specialize in local foods. On occasion we keep dinner simple to go back out in the field for sunset wildlife viewing or night walks. In some remote locations, our choices are limited. If you are tired, room service for dinner may be an option you can choose.

Naturalist Journeys International Trips: Guide Role

Naturalist Journeys supports ecotourism and the development of excellent local guides. Once we know our international partners and guides well, we can send out small groups working directly with these trusted partners, adding a Naturalist Journeys guide to assist the local expert when we have a group of 6-7 or more. This helps us keep your costs down while retaining tour quality. The local guide is your main guide. You can expect your Naturalist Journeys guide to be well-researched and often they are experienced in the destination, but their role is not to be primary, it is to help to organize logistics, help you find birds, mammals, and interesting other species in the field, keep reports, help facilitate group interactions, and to keep the trip within Naturalist Journeys' style. Local guides live in the countries we travel to, know the destinations intimately, and are often the strongest force for conservation in their countries. They open many doors for us to have a rich experience.


Smoking is not permitted in any vehicle or in any situation where the group is participating in an activity together, such as a vehicle excursion or a guided walk. Please respect all designated smoking areas at hotels and restaurants.


As a courtesy to each other, we ask that all travelers please rotate seating. On international trips we may all be in one small bus, on some trips we are in vans, particularly the roomy Sprinter Vans when available. Some areas require us to be in smaller 4-wheel drive or safari vehicles. Rotation allows you to sit with different drivers and alternate front and back seating.

Photo Release & Sharing

We take many group photos and will share photos with the group. And after your tour, we will organize a chance to share photos via Dropbox or Google Photos. Please note that this is our policy and if you prefer to be excluded, we need to know ahead of your tour.

By registering for this tour, you agree to grant to Naturalist Journeys and its authorized representatives’ permission to record on photography film and/or video, pictures of my participation in the tour. You further agree that any or all of the material photographed may be used, in any form, as part of any future publications, brochure, or other printed materials used to promote Naturalist Journeys, and further that such use shall be without payment of fees, royalties, special credit or other compensation.

Travel Insurance

You are traveling in remote areas. Naturalist Journeys strongly recommends you have full medical and evacuation insurance from a company such as Allianz, for all international travel. If you do not have medical coverage or evacuation coverage on your existing travel insurance policy or for some reason elected not to take that out, we advise getting an evacuation plan with Global RescueWorld Nomads, Medjet, Allianz (they can do evacuation only) or a similar company. These plans are typically $300-$400 for a year for multiple destinations. This coverage may be a part of a larger Travel Insurance policy but can also be purchased on its own.


Please contact Naturalist Journeys by email at or telephone our office: (520) 558-1146 or toll free: (866) 900-1146 if you have any questions. Many thanks for traveling with us and we hope you enjoy your journey.


Packing List +

Please pack light! Soft luggage is much easier for us to pack than a more rigid Read more

Please pack light!

Soft luggage is much easier for us to pack than a more rigid hard sided piece, so if you have the choice, please use your soft luggage.  Be sure to have your name and address on the inside of the bag, as well as on the luggage tag on the handle.  It is our hope that you can pack in one checked suitcase that does not exceed 45 pounds.  Be sure to pack your personal medication, airline tickets, passport, binoculars, camera, and other essential items in your carry-on bag. You will want a day pack for field trips, so this is an ideal carry-on. Please reconfirm your airline’s baggage weight and size restrictions about a week or so before departure.

The Amazon Basin is warm to hot and humid. Casual attire is the norm at the lodge and on board the riverboat, where dress is never formal, even at dinner. You may wear daytime clothes in the evenings, make a casual change of clothing.

Laundry service is not available on the riverboat.

Dressing in layers is the best way to be comfortable. Lightweight long-sleeved shirts and long pants make ideal field clothing, as they are more protective from sun and vegetation. Quick-dry fabrics are ideal. A light jacket should be enough in the evenings. You will want a pair of shoes or light boots with good tread, and sandals are fine onboard and for travel days. Rubber boots are provided on board the ship.

Note on clothing colors and insect repellent: We recommend muted colors of tan, brown, khaki, grey or green, as they are spotted less easily than white or bright colors, though camouflage clothing is not recommended. It is possible to purchase field clothing permeated with insect repellent, such as the Craghoppers Insect Shield collection. Another approach is to purchase Permethrin spray to treat your field clothing and socks before your departure.

TRAVEL TIP: Imagine NOT getting your suitcase. Wear your most important shoes for the field and have one day’s clothing change (including a change of underwear!). And please do not pack any essential medications, or your vital optics, in your checked luggage!

Clothing & Gear

  • Lightweight long field pants, 2-3 pair, jeans NOT recommended as they will be hot and slow to dry
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Lightweight long-sleeved shirts, 2-3 (loose fitting keeps you cool.)
  • Short-sleeved shirts (1 per day)
  • Casual clothing for travel days and evenings  
  • Personal underclothing and pajamas
  • Socks – lightweight and easy to wash and dry (long enough to tuck your pants into, to help protect from chiggers)
  • Comfortable close-toed walking/hiking shoes such as tennis shoes, and lightweight hiking boots – 2 pairs. Please note that forest trails will be on uneven terrain and may be muddy – good tread and support are essential! Leather cleans and dries best, preferably already well broken in.
  • Comfortable sandals or light shoes for evenings, travel days (Crocs work well)
  • Shower shoes
  • Fleece jacket or sweatshirt
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket(ponchos are available on board the boat)
  • Hat with broad brim
  • Neck gaiter for sun and insect protection
  • Bathing suit (optional)
  • Bandana (optional, great for cooling off when you are hot and sweaty) 

Equipment & Miscellaneous

  • Airline tickets or e-ticket verification
  • Passport, visa (if required), travel insurance info, money ($20 or smaller, in good condition) & credit cards.
  • A secure pouch to carry the items above on your person at all times (such as a secure, under-clothing document pouch)
  • As a backup: copies of all the above (phone and/or paper) packed in a separate location than on your person, plus a set given to your emergency contact at home as a backup. For passport, copy of the  ID and entry stamp pages
  • Small daypack for field gear while hiking and as carry-on bag (water-resistant recommended)
  • Walking stick (collapsible is nice for packing; wooden sticks will be available on the boat)
  • Umbrella – not brightly colored 
  • Small flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Alarm clock (or use your phone)
  • Sunscreen/lip balm with SPF
  • Sunglasses with neck strap
  • Insect repellent (non-aerosol, containing DEET), sulphur powder or other for chiggers
  • Kleenex packs
  • Toiletry articles
  • Binoculars (a shower cap is great to cover these when raining)
  • Camera and extra battery, memory cards, lens cleaning supplies and your instruction manual 
  • Plug adapter and converter, if needed, for 220 to 110 volts
  • Water bottle (or plan to refill one bought on location)
  • Notebook and pen or journal (optional)
  • Field guides (optional) 
  • Laundry soap (no laundry facilities on board)
  • Earplugs, neck rest and eyeshade (optional)  
  • Gallon-size zip-lock-type or small dry bag to keep things dry on excursions off the boat
  • Steri-Pen or other UV water treatment device to help cut down on the use of plastic bottles (optional)


WE DO NOT RECOMMEND TRAVELING WITH PRECIOUS OR VALUABLE JEWELRY – don’t tempt anyone and don’t bring things you’d regret losing, and your mind will be at ease!

Medical & First Aid Items

  • Personal medication
  • Copy of eyeglass prescription, medical prescriptions, vaccination records, and any medical alerts
  • Motion sickness preventatives if likely to be needed
  • Personal first aid kit, and medications for general ailments, colds and stomach ailments, sunburn relief
  • Foot powder, lotions, general “comfort” items
  • Hydrocortisone cream to ease itching from insect bites
  • Band-Aids, moleskin to protect against blisters
  • Epi-pen if needed for allergic reactions
  • Antibacterial hand soap, small vial, and cleansing wipes
  • Health insurance information
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses or contacts (with plenty of wetting and cleaning solution)


Suggested Reading List +

Top Picks Birds of Peru. Thomas S. Schulenberg et al. Princeton University Press. 2010. 664 pp. Read more

Top Picks

Birds of Peru. Thomas S. Schulenberg et al. Princeton University Press. 2010. 664 pp. Fully illustrated field guide of all species known to occur in the region, including migrants and rarities. 

Merlin App – Peru Pack. A phone-based birding app from Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology. Before departing the U.S., download the app for free, then from within the app, download the “pack” for Peru.

Culture Smart! Peru. John Forrest and Julia Porturas. Kuperard. 2021. 3rd Edition. 200 pp. Concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.

Field Guides

Peru, Travellers’ Wildlife Guides. David L. Pearson and Les Beletsky. Interlink Pub Group, 4th Edition. 2004. 492 pp. Field-guide sized book with information on the identification, distribution, ecology, behavior, conservation and habitats found in Peru.

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: A Field Guide.  Louise H. Emmons and FranCois Feer. University of Chicago Press, 2nd edition. 1997. 396 pp. Clear, concise accounts of the mammals of the region. 

Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist’s Guide. Richard D. and Patricia Bartlett. University of Florida. 2003. 448 pp. A convenient identification guide and reference manual to the reptiles and amphibians most likely to be seen by visitors to the Amazon basin. 

Laminated Peru Map by Borch. 2015. Scale 1:1,750,000. Waterproof, tear-resistant and durable, highlighting parks and preserves.

Natural History

The New Neotropical Companion. John C. Kricher. Princeton University Press. 2017. 448 pp.
An extraordinarily readable introduction to the animals, plants and ecosystems of the New World Tropics.

Tropical Nature. Adrian Forsyth and Ken Miyata. Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1987. 248 pp. Life and death in the rainforests of Central and South America. Excellent introduction to biology of the neotropics. 

Wild Amazon, A Photographer’s Incredible Journey. Nick Gordon. Evans Mitchell Books. 2007. 168 pp. Images from ten years in Amazonia, of the wildlife and indigenous peoples of the area. 

The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon. Michael Goulding et al. Smithsonian Books. 2003. 254 pp. Beautiful, profusely illustrated atlas of the river, exploring various ecological topics and including 150 color maps. 

History & Culture

Insight Guide Peru. Insight Guides. 2023, 10th edition. 336 pp. A comprehensive, full-color travel guide. 

La Doctora, The Journal of an American Doctor Practicing Medicine of the Amazon River.  Linnea Smith. PfeiferHamilton Pubs. 1998. 238 pp. A rare glimpse into the suspense and drama of practicing medicine in the deepest part of the Amazon rainforest, a day’s journey from the closest hospital. 

Tree of Rivers, The Story of the Amazon. John Hemming. Thames & Hudson. 2009. 368 pp. A history of the river, capturing the goals and impacts of naturalists, explorers and missionaries, and their impact on native peoples.  

Latin American Spanish: Phrasebook & Dictionary. Lonely Planet Publications; 9th edition. 2018.  272 pp. Spanish phrasebook. 


Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Adventures: Return to the Amazon. Produced by PBS. 2008. Documentary. 


Useful Links +

Learn more about your destination at these external websites, carefully researched for you. Read more





Nature, Wildlife & Biology

Peru Birding Overview

Bird of Peru – Avibase Checklist

Amazon Plants

Amazonian Manatee

Mammals of Peru

Amphibians of Peru

Piranha of the Amazon Basin

Amazon River Dolphin

Conservation, Parks & Reserves

Pacaya-Samira National Reserve

Napo-Sucusari Biological Reserve

Geology & Geography

Geology of Amazon River Basin

Geography of Amazon River Basin

Amazon River

Río Ucayali

Río Marañón

History & Culture

Maijuna Community-Based Conservation

Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos or Association of Andean Ecosystems (ECOAN)

The Ribereños (River People)

Yagua Indigenous Community

Peruvian Cuisine

Speaking Spanish in Peru

Helpful Travel Websites

Jorge Chavez International (LIM)

National Passport Information Center

U.S. Department of State, Peru International Travel Information - Peru

Homeland Security Real ID Act

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Peru

Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisories - Peru

Travel Health Pro (UK) - Peru

Foreign Exchange Rates

ATM Locator

Electricity and Plugs - Peru

Date, Time, and Holidays - Peru

Photo credits: Banner: Hoatzin by Greg Smith; Three-toed Sloth by Howard Topoff; Red-capped Cardinal by Peg Abbott; Ladder-tailed Nightjar by Peg Abbott; Cream-colored Woodpecker by Peg Abbott; Exploring the Amazon by Peg Abbott; Exploring the Amazon by Peg Abbott; Red Howler Monkey by Howard Topoff; Blue-and-Yellow Macaw by Peg Abbott; Monk Saki by Peg Abbott; Kayaking by Peg Abbott; Hoatzin on Nest, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Oropendola Colony, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Black-capped Donacobius by Peg Abbott; Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Peg Abbott; Poison Dart Frog, International Expeditions; Village Children, International Expeditions; Three-toed Sloth, Howard Topoff; Great Black Hawk, Carlos Sanchez; Kayaking with Egrets, International Expeditions; Oriole Blackbird, Peg Abbott; Clown Tree Frog, International Expeditions; Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Peg Abbott; Yellow-rumped Cacique, Peg Abbott; Amazonica Water Lily, International Expeditions; Red-capped Cardinal, Peg Abbott; Squirrel Monkey, International Expeditions; Capped Heron, Peg Abbott; Sunset on the River, International Expeditions; Wooly Monkey, International Expeditions; Excursion Boat, International Expeditions; Jabiru, Peg Abbott; Machu Picchu with Rainbows, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Machu Picchu Scenic, Bob Hill; Paso Finos and Riders, Bob Hill; Orchid, Bob Hill; Orchid, Bob Hill; Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Greg Smith; Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, International Expeditions; Sunset, Lynn Tennefoss; Head-dress model, Lynn Tennefoss; Local Woman, Lynn Tennefoss; Black-collared Hawk, Peg Abbott; Black-fronted Nunbird, Peg Abbott; Blue-yellow Macaws, Peg Abbott; Chestnut-eared Aracari, Peg Abbott; Horned Screamer, Peg Abbott; White-eared Jacamar, Peg Abbott; Yellow-rumped Cacique, Peg Abbott.


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