Amazon Rainforest Extension (from Cuzco)

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Trip code: 
XPC
Activity:
Wildlife Holidays
Min age:
16
Min group size:
1

Explore the world's largest rainforest, of unparalleled biodiversity

Easily accessible via a short flight from Cuzco, the Amazon is the world's largest rainforest and home to an astonishing array of wildlife, as well as countless plant species. Spending three nights at a riverside lodge in the Tambopata Reserve, we use motorised canoes to explore its lakes and rivers, and follow jungle trails to discover its dense forests. The biodiversity of this region is incredible and with a bit of luck you may see colourful macaws and other tropical birds as well as an array of native South American mammals, such as capybara and giant river otter. There’s also time to relax by the river at the lodge or to sit back in a hammock.

Highlights

  • Fall asleep to the sound of the jungle, spending three nights in a riverside lodge in the Tambopata Reserve 
  • Explore the dense rainforest and its waterways on foot and by motorised canoe
  • Look out for mammals including giant river otters, wild boar, capybara and a variety of monkeys
  • Chance to spot tropical birds including parrots, macaws, hoatzin and kingfishers
  • Learn about the diversity and medicinal properties of the vegetation

Key information

  • 4 days Land Only
  • 3 nights Amazon lodge
  • Travel by boat, on foot, and one internal flight
  • Accompanied by expert local guides 
  • Price: from £399
  • Single supplement: from £70

What's included

  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Expert local guides in the rainforest
  • One domestic flight

What's not included

  • Tour leader
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation
  • Visas or vaccinations
Trip Notes

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Itinerary

Cuzco hotel (Pre-tour Extensions: Puerto Maldonado airport)
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Puerto Maldonado airport (Pre-tour Extensions: Cuzco hotel)
  • Day 1

    Start Cuzco; fly to Puerto Maldonado and transfer to your Amazon lodge by boat.

    A car and a driver will collect you from your hotel early this morning and take you to Cuzco airport in time for the early morning flight to Puerto Maldonado. Puerto Maldonado is a small jungle town and you will be met by a guide at the airport, who will accompany you to the jungle lodge. The transfer is a short (45 minute) drive to the river, from where you continue by boat to the jungle lodge in the Tambopata Reserve (between 1.5 and 3 hours depending on which lodge you are staying in). On the way it is possible to see caiman, river turtles and a wide variety of bird life. A light lunch/snack is served on the boat. You will make a stop at the lodge's office in Puerto Maldonado town en route where you will be provided with a duffel bag and be asked to take only what you need with you, whilst your main luggage will be stored securely at the office during your stay in the rainforest.

    Pre-tour Extensions: If travelling on this extension before your main Exodus tour, the itinerary is reversed. If booked pre-tour the extension starts at Puerto Maldonado airport this morning.

    Amazon Rainforest Lodge

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Days 2-3

    Two full days exploring the forest, rivers and lakes surrounding the lodge on foot and in both motorised and paddle canoes in search of wildlife and birdlife.

    The next two days are spent exploring the forest, rivers and lakes surrounding the lodge, on foot and in both motorised and paddle canoes. Although a lot of the wildlife tends to hide in the dense foliage, we should expect to see a wide variety of birds, including herons and egrets, jacanas, macaws and the almost prehistoric-looking hoatzin, as well as several species of monkey, reptiles and insects, and with luck the giant otters which live in the rivers of the Amazon Basin.
    Amazon Rainforest Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Transfer to Puerto Maldonado Airport where the extension ends.

    A dawn start is required for the boat transfer back to Puerto Maldonado (usually departing between 07:30 and 08:30), giving memorable views of the sunrise over the river. Look out for the early morning wildlife, which is particularly active at this time. Howler monkeys are frequently heard as they stake out their territories.

    You will go via the lodge's office in town to collect the rest of your luggage and then continue to Puerto Maldonado airport (usually arriving between 09:30 and 11:00 - depending on which lodge you have come from). The extension ends at Puerto Maldonado airport - if booking your own flights, you should not book an onward flight from Puerto Maldonado departing before 13:00 at the earliest.

    Pre-tour Extensions: If travelling on this extension before your main Exodus tour, a flight from Puerto Maldonado airport to Cuzco is included today. Upon arrival into Cuzco you will be transferred to the start hotel of your main Exodus holiday.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Peru

Visas are not required by UK citizens, Western European nationals, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and most other nationalities. If you are in any doubt please contact the nearest Peruvian Embassy.

Vaccinations

Peru

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in Peru. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

If you are travelling to the Tambopata reserve in the Amazon rainforest, the risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. We also strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in the Amazon region. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites: always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐date information.

Eating and Drinking

All meals are included during your stay in the Amazon. The food is a mixture of Peruvian and international cuisine.

Please do not drink the tap water or brush your teeth with it - it is not potable.

Weather

Whilst the Amazon Rainforest is generally warm and humid, it can be subject to drops in temperature caused by cold fronts pushing in from the south, especially in June and July. This can send temperatures dropping into single figures, and if taking the rainforest extension we recommend that you take some warm clothing with you to the lodge in case of sudden changes in the weather.

Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Is this trip for you?

This extension may be booked before of after any Exodus tour that starts/ends in Cuzco.

Activities during the extension and transfers to and from the lodge are not exclusive to Exodus clients and may be shared with other guests at the lodge.

There are some walks along jungle trails, which although well marked, can be muddy following periods of rain. The walks are not particularly physically demanding but you should have a reasonable level of fitness. The rainforest is generally hot and humid in the daytime and the high humidity can be uncomfortable at times, although nights and early morning end evening can be a little chilly. Mosquitoes are present, and are particularly active after it has rained and at dawn and dusk.

The Amazon is teeming with life and at night you will hear the sounds of the jungle. There will be some very early morning starts as the wildlife is often most active at dawn and dusk when the temperature is cooler.

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee wildlife sightings and factors such as poor weather can affect the likelihood of seeing wildlife. Many creatures are more elusive during rain and additionally some planned activities may be postponed or altered depending on the weather or river levels for safety reasons. Your guide may assume that you don't want to go out in the rain but if this is not the case please make this known to your guide to make sure you don’t miss out.

The accommodation is simple but comfortable. Given the remoteness of the lodges, please be aware that there is no mains electricity and service at meal times can be quite relaxed. Only the main buildings have power for a few hours a day. Lighting in your room will be by torch and lanterns/candles.

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Accommodation

Amazon Lodge

Although we usually use Cayman Lodge, this is subject to availability and we work with a variety of lodges in the Tambopata Reserve within the Amazon. All offer a similar standard of accommodation and rainforest experience, and each has a network of walking trails through the forest. 

The lodges are between 1½ and 3½ hours by boat from Puerto Maldonado, and each has a main building surrounded by lodge/bungalow accommodation. The rooms are usually based on two people sharing, and all have private bathrooms with a shower as well as mosquito nets over the beds. Some lodges also have mosquito screens on the windows, but this will vary from lodge to lodge. There is usually no electricity in the bedrooms, and lighting is provided by lanterns or candles.

The main buildings each have a dining room and bar, as well as a small selection of books relating to the rainforest and its flora and fauna. These are usually the only areas of the lodge with an electrical supply (not 24 hour).

A compulsory single supplement or sole traveller supplement may be applicable.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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