The lower forest of Tambopata extends over the south of Ecuador, which provides a cold and dry winter between May and October, turning it into the best season for international tourism.
The average temperature in Tambopata during the day is of between 82 and 93º F (25 and 31º C), while the average temperature drops to between 62 and 73º F (16 and 22º C) during the night. On the other hand, the cold coming from Argentina between the months of May and September drop these temperatures even further, to 50º F (9º C) during the day and 43º F (5º C) during the night. Therefore, one must be prepared for drizzles and the cold during this period; the rainy season is between November and April, and one must always be prepared for strong downpours that may go on for hours or even days. About 80% of the annual average of 2000 mm falls during this period; however, this average is a lot less than the average of 3000 mm of rain that falls in areas close to Ecuador.
WHAT TO BRING
It is advisable to have every visitor limiting their equipment to the following items:
- Good binoculars
- A camera with a lens of maximum 300 mm or 250 mm.
- Loose cotton pants with narrow mouths.
- Long-sleeved cotton t-shirts.
- Small towels.
- Bathing suit.
- Spare socks.
- Tall rubber boots.
- 1 small hold-all.
- 1 canteen.
- A raincoat.
- Vaccination certificate for yellow fever
- Small-denomination bills.
- A waist-bag.
Lugagge is hand-carried from the boats to your rooms. We strongly recommend you to limit the weight of your luggage to 15 kilograms (32 POUNDS ) a piece.
Those travellers visiting other destinations in Peru that need to bring with them other kind of outfits, can always pack different items of clothing in different pieces of luggage and bags, and keep those not needed safely at our offices in Puerto Maldonado on day one of our itinerary, so they may not be carrying useless weigh where it is not necessary, while at the same time we avert it from getting wet in the forest, and avoid overloading the boat. Your extra luggage will be waiting for you at the airport in Puerto Maldonado on the day of your departure.
YELLOW FEVER INOCULATION REQUERIMENTS
Yellow fever inoculation is required (mandatory) for travel to Tambopata. Get your vaccine at least 10 days before arrival in the jungle. You must bring your yellow fever inoculation certificate with you to prove to the airport officials in Puerto Maldonado that you are vaccinated.
Tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend you to always drink bottled water.
The lodge has daily radio contact with the office in Puerto Maldonado, with a shortwave radio in each station.
Peruvian time is five hours past Greenwich Mean Time and is similar to Eastern Standard Time in the United States (except when the U.S. goes on daylight savings time from April to October). In reference to other cities, when it is noon in Peru, it is:
PASSPORT, MONEY AND AIR TICKETS
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It is necessary to carry your passport or ID with you when entering Puerto Maldonado's airport, since the arrival and departure of passengers is controlled by the authorities for being an international airport. At your arrival, a representative of our agency will collect your domestic air tickets to reconfirm your return to Lima or Cusco. Likewise, they will collect cash to pay for the airport tax; which is usually of 12 soles or 4.00 US dollars (for each airport). It is recommendable to carry some change to purchase sodas and beers, which are for sale at the lodge.
We will provide all the meals during your trip, which consist of a starter or soup, main dish, dessert and tea or coffee. All the dry fruits are disinfected before being served; likewise, you will always have cold and hot water to drink at all times. If any traveller is on an especial diet, we will be glad to serve them, provided they have warned us with due anticipation in order to be prepared.
Power voltage in Peru is 220 Volts AC, 60 Hz. Most modern electrical appliances do not need adapters since they will accept both 110 as well as 220 AC voltages. Please make sure to check the voltage options of those artefacts you intend to take with you during your trip, such as hair dryers, battery chargers, notebooks and lap tops, video cameras, etc. Most of these do not usually need a special adapter, but it is important that you make sure of that before leaving your country of origin in order not to have to buy special 110 V / 220 V AC adapters, which, however, can be found in the local market here in Peru.
The Explorer's Inn has solar panelled based lighting in the common areas such as the dining room, but the guest rooms are lit by candles. Guests can charge their batteries in the dining room. Outside areas are lit up at night by kerosene torches.
Puerto Maldonado: 183 metres above sea level
Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone: 200 metres above sea level.
All travellers should contact the nearest Peruvian consulate in order to ascertain what visa rules apply, since these may change without previous notice.
For more information clic here:
Type of visa to enter Peru
Hand luggage regulations
a) All liquids must be carried in containers whose capacity can not exceed of 100 ml (or its equivalent in other volumetric units, such as liquid ounces for instance). No liquids will be allowed in containers of more capacity than the said 100 ml, even if the container is not completely full.
b) The containers must be placed in reclosable plastic bags with a maximum capacity of 1 liter. The containers must fit effortlessly in the transparent plastic bag, which must be perfectly sealed.
c) The plastic bag must be presented at the inspection post for its visual examination. Only one plastic bag per passenger can be allowed.
d) Exceptions must be made in case of medications, milk and baby food, as well as in case of passengers who require a special diet. There must be the appropriate means in place to verify the nature of these liquids.
Likewise, exceptions must be made regarding liquids purchased in the duty free shops at the airport or on board an aircraft, provided that these liquids are packed in a sealed plastic container foolproof against undue manipulations, and that a satisfactory proof (receipt) is produced showing that the article was acquired at the airport’s duty free shops, or aboard an aircraft on the traveling day(s) for passengers leaving an airport or being there on transit.
Peruvian cuisine is highly varied and spicy. Some of our typical dishes are: "cebiche" (raw fish marinated in lemon juice), "aji de gallina" (de-boned chicken cooked in a milk and aji sauce), and "anticuchos" (shish kebabs of beef heart and meat), apart from the typical dishes from each region.
Be sure to try "Pisco Sour", Peru's typical mixed drink prepared with pisco, lemon, egg white and sugar.
Restaurant During your Trip
All the meals are provided at the lodge or a campsite in the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone.
... more about Puerto Maldonado restaurants.
We reserve the right to make changes to the order of the trip, without prior notice, due to changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other reason relevant to the best development of the trip.