|Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru||Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru|
Leaving civilisation behind we venture deep into the Amazon Jungle by boat, travelling up the Tambopata to the Heath River on the Bolivian Border. Amid the dense jungle canopy we have the opportunity to spot all manner of monkeys leaping boisterously from branch to branch, hiding in the foliage beneath are tapir, capybara and jaguar. Giant blue morpho butterflies flutter by and bright green frogs sit on rocks at our feet. We visit the macaw clay lick, where from our floating blind we often see majestic macaws eating the clay, red and green, scarlet or sometimes yellow and blue macaws arrive along with many varieties of parrots with vibrant colours on their wings. From the Bolivian Jungle we cross back into Peru and walk through the jungle, looking for sloths and howler monkeys before taking to canoes. Paddling under the jungle canopy, the stunning surrounds of Sandoval Lake open up before of us. The late afternoon brings the lake to life with giant otters, spider monkeys and a unique and diverse array of birdlife.
Meals included: 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Accommodation: Heath River lodge or similar, Puerto Maldonato
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Accommodation: Heath River lodge or similar, Puerto Maldonato
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Accommodation: Sandoval Lake Lodge , Puerto Maldonado
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.
Please note that a reasonable degree of fitness and patience is required for this trip. It's not necessarily the distance of the Amazon walks however during the rainy season the walking tracks can become quite muddy and sometimes slippery. Please see the preparations section above for more information on appropriate clothing and footwear for this trip.Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region. We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.Visas and Permits
Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Americans currently require a visa for Bolivia. Australians, British, Canadians and New Zealanders currently do not require a visa for Bolivia. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Peru. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.Responsible Travel
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.
Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
A Traveller’s Guide to El Dorado & the Inca Empire-L Meisch Backpacking and Trekking in Peru & Bolivia-H BradtPeru
Cut Stones and Crossroads - R Wright Exploring Cusco - P Frost The Incas and Their Ancestors - M Moseley
This is not a Peregrine group tour with a Peregrine leader. It is sold to independent travellers and the lodge provides all guides.
Heath River and Sandoval lake Lodges
These Jungle lodges have been designed to offer comfort to the traveller yet preserve the environment and rainforest ambience. Each of the ten double cabins, with high thatched roofs are constructed with traditional materials and nestles well concealed in the lush surroundings. All cabins have mosquito nets and are are screened against insects and contain comfortable double or single beds with private, modern bathrooms and hot showers. Heath River Lodge and Sandoval lake Lodge both have an excellent bar and restaurant, providing international quality meals.
Electricity - Heath River Lodge: There is no electricity in the rooms, candles are provided. The main dining and lounge area of the lodge has electricity between 12-3pm and 5-10pm and there are outlets available to charge your camers batteries etc.
Electricity - Sandoval Lake Lodge: Electicity is available in the rooms between the hours of 5-6am, 12-4pm an 5:30-10pm and is available 24 hours a day in the main bar and dining area
Laundry: Both lodges provides a laundry service (washing and drying), at an additional cost. Please note that it is very difficult to do any handwashing because the clothes do not dry in humidity.
Bar: Drinks are not included in your package, and may be paid on the last night of your stay in cash (U.S. dollars) or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). The minimum charge for credit cards is $US20.
Drinking Water: All the drinking water provided at both Heath river and Sandoval lake lodges (including ice) has been filtered. This water is tested regularly and has proven perfectly safe for human consumption. If you prefer, however, you may purchase bottled water from the bar.
Meal Requirements: The chef will be more than happy to prepare vegetarian meals for you upon request. On booking, please make sure to advise us or your travel agent of any dietary restrictions or allergies you may have, and also let the staff at the lodge know as soon as you arrive.
Photography: High-speed film (if you are still using a film camera) and a flash for cameras are recommended for shady walks under the forest canopy. However, slower film is fine for photos on rivers, lakes, and the tower and around the lodge.
Local Emergency contact numbers: PEAK South America +51 99605 5559 or +51 97009 4823
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
27 June 2014