How do I register for a tour?
First, read the itinerary carefully, paying attention to everything and check out if the tour is the ideal and right for you. Then call our office on +51 984680239 (Peru) or email using the “Contact Us” from on the website to confirm availability on the departure you’ve selected. Once we have confirmed that there is space, we will hold that space for you for two weeks pending the receipt of your registration form and deposit (deposit requirements are listed in the itinerary). You can find the detailed itineraries of each tour by clicking on “Tours” above and selecting the tour of interest.
Is small-group travel for me?
Group travel, managed well by our professional guides, offers a social framework in which share the excitement of birding. You help others, others help you, and at the end of the day there are numerous common experiences to share. There are more eyes helping to spot birds, and it makes travel to some remote areas is less daunting and the cost more reasonable. If your goal is to maximize your birding enjoyment under expert guidance, to share your excitement with other birders, and to leave the planning, logistics, and troubleshooting to someone else, one of our birding tours AWAITS YOU.
Who goes on Birds of Peru Tours?
Most of our tours will be rewarding for birders of all levels and experiences, some are also suitable for non-birders, while a select few are more specialized and tend to attract folks who have already traveled widely in the country or region and thus might not be your best choice for a first tour to that area; however,there are usually one or more alternatives in our schedule for first-time visitors. The nature of the tour should be evident from our tour descriptions and itineraries, but if you’re not sure, just call or e-mail us and we’ll be happy to talk you about it. We can match the right tour for you, just leave it to us.
How do I know what a specific tour is like?
Our website offers a general description of each tour. For day-to-day activities and more detailed specifics about our birding route, routine, accommodations, and the pace and physical requirements of the tour, our complete itineraries include a wealth of additional information and are available directly from each tour’s web page or upon request from our office. We also have trip lists available from previous departures (also online or by request) so you can get an additional info about the birds seen and tour highlights. Our office is happy to discuss any tour with you and will put you in touch with the General Manager, if you have any further questions.
Do you limit the number of participants on a tour?
Group size as well as guide-to-participant ratio are important factors in a tour experience. We consider location, logistics, fixed costs, and the particular tour’s dynamics to help determine what might be best for the circumstances. We have numerous small group tours of …. ?. Participants, but we run birding tours with 2 or even 1 participant. Tour limits are noted on the detailed itineraries.
Do you have short tours to fit my schedule?
Indeed we do. We have various tours that fit in a work week and two weekends, or two work weeks and three weekends. Click on the “Tours” link above, then look for short tours in order to see our listing of itineraries.
Do I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you consider purchasing trip cancellation (including medical emergency) insurance to cover your investment in case of injury or illness to you or your family prior to or during a trip. Find out more about coverage and costs by dropping us an e-mail.
Do I need a visa to travel to Peru?
Visas are not necessary for citizens from most countries in the Americas and Western Europe. Citizens of Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile do not need either a passport or a visa to enter certain regions of Peru. Visitors entering Peru for tourism are granted a 90-day stay, which can be extended by the Immigration Office. Travelers must bear a valid passport or safe-conduct pass issued by Peruvian immigration authorities.
What is the climate like year-round?
Peru is a vast country split from north to south by the Andes, and is covered by the Amazon jungle to the east. Temperatures can vary from one city to another, and depending on the time of year. It almost never rains on the Peruvian coast, and in general, there are two marked seasons: hot and cold. The hot season runs from around mid-November to end-March. The cold weather generally lasts from late April to mid-November, with high humidity. In the highlands and the jungle, unlike the coast, the rainy season is the warmest time of year, lasting from mid-November to end-March. Temperatures are cooler from April to mid-November.
What type of transport do you use for your tours? Are they safe?
For our land transfers we use vans or mini buses according to group size. For river trips we use a motorized canoes than can safely hold up to, or slightly over 20 persons, covered with a roof and also have plastic curtains on the sides for protection from the rain. For the lake excursions, if any, we employ small canoes and paddled around the lake, we don’t use any engine because we don’t want to disturb the harmony as we go looking for wildlife.
Should I take Malaria pills?
There’s almost no risk at all for getting Malaria in this area, We haven’t got any registration of visitors having malaria after visiting Tambopata. Neither the local inhabitants nor foreign researchers take anti-malaria pills, not just because there’s no record of the disease, but also they’re too expensive and in most cases the side effects are too strong (nauseas, migraine, dizziness, among others). Our best advice is to consult with your doctor so he can recommend all the personal medication you may need for your trip (including medication for altitude in case you decide you visit the Highlands) Yellow Fever you must get the respective shot at least 10 days before travelling so it can take effect.