Frequently asked questions

  • How do I register for a tour?

    First, read the itinerary carefully, paying attention in everything and check out if the tour is good and the tour is right for you. Then call our office at 051 082 571877 (Peru) or email our office using the "Contact Us"  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). Note that the itinerary for each tour is accessible from the page for that tour, which you can find by clicking on "Tours" above

  • Is small-group travel for me?

    Group travel, managed well by our professional guides, offers a social framework in which to 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 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 is the way to go.

  • Who goes on Peru Birding Tours?

    Most of our tours will be rewarding for birders of all levels of experience. 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; there are usually one or more alternatives in our schedule for such a first-time visit. 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 through it. You want the right tour match for you, and we do too.

  • How do I know what a specific tour is like?

    Our  website offer 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 triplists available from previous departures (also online or by request) so you can get an additional feel for 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 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 in our schedule limited to 6 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 sending mail to us.

  • 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, 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 rain 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 canoe than can hold up to a bit more than 20 people, covered with a roof and has also plastic curtains on the sides for protecting from the rain. For the lake excursions, if any, we employed small canoes and paddled around the lake, we don’t use any engine because we don’t want to break the harmony as we go for 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 register of visitors having Malaria after visiting Tambopata. Neither the local inhabitants nor foreign researchers take this 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). About Yellow Fever, you must get the respective shot at least 10 days before travelling so it can take effect.