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It highly depends on how much you are used to the temperature and humidity, and how you will get around. If you are most of the time in a airconditioned truck, no problem. If you walk around outside, it will be the same as if someone takes a water spray and sprays it over your face, every 10-15 minutes or so, depending on your fitness level. If you are ...


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Things that you need : Boots + Safari/Cowboy Hats Clean water Mosquito repellent Mosquito net Long Stick Things to consider : Vaccination Get a complete set of vaccinations before you travel to the Amazon rainforest. This can defend yourself from common diseases including malaria, yellow fever, meningitis, hepatitis, rabies and dengue. These illnesses ...


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I am an American expat. operating a small adventure tourism company out of Puerto Maldonado, Peru called WildPERU. Our operation is geared more towards adventure-style travel in the S.W. Amazon Basin in Peru including boat travel up-river, camping and trail walking in the forest and Pampas. We call it more of a "dirt-under-your-fingernails" kind of ...


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I have never been there, but one traveler and author, Beata Pawlikowska wrote several books about the jungle. She would go to Iquitos and hire local Indian guide there. And I believe, good communication in Spanish will be necessary, as few people there would be able to speak English. Unfortunately, only a few of the books have been translated into English ...


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here is a company who does jungle training, so you can go alone next time and you probably learn much more and have more fun than by just following your guide. :)


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I finally stayed in two different communities and talked to many other tourists I met in the Amazon. I think what's important to know before and during the stay is (very generalized of course): leave small gifts, things that they can't get in the community, I was asked if I could give them (or send later) stuff like: food (they mostly have very simple ...


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The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has a list and information about health in Peru and health in Ecuador. You'll want to make sure your MMR, Polio and other regular ones are up to date. Tetanus too, because it's just annoying to have to get in a foreign country if you do injure yourself. Scroll down the list, and you'll see Hep A, B, Typhoid are also ...


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So Rabies is suggested? Before I started traveling I thought I don't hang out with animals I don't need that, in the end I still took it, better safe than sorry. I was bitten by a street dog in the hills around Cusco (near Machu Picchu). I was just walking down the street when a bunch of them attacked me. So you need three rabies shots and they are not ...


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Visitors are allowed in the Amazon Rainforest. I have been there several times in Ecuador and Peru. I was just in Manaus last week but did not get into the rainforest. The Amazon Rainforest is pretty much a gigantic difficult to access forest but otherwise, it is like most natural areas on the planet. Some parts are designated as National Park or Bioreserve ...


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I was in Leticia, Colombia several years ago and they offered amazon tours. If you do a quick google you will find a couple of companies that offer tours there. The following site is in Spanish, but it will give you some information on their tours: http://www.amazonascolombia.com/ The tour that I did took us out on the Amazon river. We ate lunch explored ...


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Neither Peru or Ecuador require you to have a Yellow Fever vaccination before entering (see http://www.passporthealthusa.com/vaccinations/yellow-fever/ for a list of countries that do require it such as Bolivia). However there is some Yellow Fever in the Amazon areas of both countries (see map of Yellow Fever infected areas in above link). So if you are ...


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Learn to like fish. They are modern today in most ways. Buy some hand made goods before leaving. Plywood shack to sleep in with roof. Many speak english.


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Yes visitors are allowed to go inside into the forests near Amazon river..but be aware because of rain all the places becomes wet and slippery..and you do not need any special permission from government agency..


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I went to Amazonia Expeditions in Iquitos and they assigned a local guide Manuel who is born in a village near their Tahuayo lodge. He took me to the upper white river by a boat, which native locals use, into the jungle camping for 3 days. He only brought a water with us (he and his boat driver drink the water from the river but not for me) and all the ...


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You've essentially asked where is it dry except where it's dry? Galapagos and coastal provinces are usually dry around this time of the year. The rest of the country expects moderately rainy weather in March which means a higher probability of rain. You may be lucky some days, while others not. Jungle trips are possible and you should expect rain there any ...


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Just to expand on a couple of the answers above, in logistical terms it's true that you have to fly to get to either Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado, but... it's worth noting that from Iquitos you can only really fly to Lima whereas you can fly between Puerto Maldonado and Cusco as well as Lima - this means that Puerto Maldonado fits in much better to a trip in ...


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I'll note up front that I've only been to Puerto Maldonado of the two, but of your interests you've listed: While Puerto Maldonado is on the Rio Madre de Dios, Iquitos is on the Amazon River proper. At Iquitos it is already at least three times the size of Rio Madre de Dios. Advantage: Iquitos. Monkeys are visible at both, but the river dolphins are only ...


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I have quite a bit South American experience though, in fairness, not too much Amazonian experience. That said, Puerto Maldonado is not at all on the tourist trail. Public transport to Puerto Maldonado is infrequent, the city has very few tour operators and the hotels do not cater to tourists. I traveled through Puerto Maldonado last year, on my way to ...


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This is incorrect (Itai) on a couple of levels. I work in the northern coastal provinces and they are truly soaking at this time of year. See below, March, April, May is actually the wettest time of the year (this is the airport in Esmeraldas on the coast) in the northern coastal regions. Head to Salinas, it "sticks" out into the frigid Humboldt current and ...


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