Good local travel agencies for Iquitos amazon tour?
Replies: 12 - Last Post: May 3, 2013 1:42 AM Last Post By: AshTJ
Nov 21, 2010 8:37 AM
Good local travel agencies for Iquitos amazon tour?Hi.
I and my husband are planning to go to Peru for a month from the middle of December.
We'd like to fly to Iquitos and take an amazon tour for 3 to 5 days from there.
We are not reserving the tour yet, thinking to find it from local agencies in Iquitos once we get there.
Please let us know if you know good agencies there.
We like to do following activities in the tour;
seeing pink dolphins, cute monkeys, birds, snakes and crocodile.
also pirana fishing.
The lodge does not be expensive one,
but we prefer to have clean room with a proper mosquito net and running water.
I can speak Spanish, able to talk to local agencies, but English guide needed during the tour.
I appreciate your advices.
Nov 22, 2010 7:09 AM
I did a tour with Jungle Wolf Expeditions http://www.junglewolfexpeditions.com/pag/program.html based at the hostel Las Golandrinas (nice hostel with a pool and kitchen and pretty cheap!)
The food they provided was excellent and the base camp was pretty nice. it has running water although you may have to share your shower with some pretty big spiders! For bedding we had mattresses with mosquito nets. It was clean ,you don't get individual rooms, you just share with whoever else is doing a tour there at the same time.
We did all the activities you mentioned although just remember that even with the best companies you can't guarantee seeing all the animals you want to see. it just comes down to luck. although our guide was pretty impressive at spotting animals through all the dense vegetation.
I did a 5 day tour with them and it cost 100 soles a day based on two people sharing, obv the more people you have the cheaper it is. The only problem is i dont know if they speak English but you can always send them an email, think there is one on the website. You may have to pay a bit more for an english speaking guide.
Let me know if you have any more questions
Nov 23, 2010 3:07 AM
Thank you very much for your advices.
The tour you recommend for us looks great!
I have several questions about the tour.
Do I need to bring some specific belongings such as sleeping bags for the mattress or flashlight for the nights?
Also the shower you mentioned is a hot shower or just a cold water?
Thanks in advance.
Nov 23, 2010 5:48 AM
A sleeping bag or a sleeping bag liner is a good idea. I definitely brought mine although I think they can hire you one if you don't have your own. The water is cold but its so hot that its not really that bad. Its also a good idea to bring a torch, a head torch is best as sometimes its good to have both hands free when you're walking through the jungle.
Nov 27, 2010 12:47 AM
4Thank you very much Kirsten, yssoto and Alexis!
I appreciate all of you giving us useful information.
With various options you recommended me, I think we can choose the best one for us:)
Very excited having the great adventure in Iquitos!
Nov 30, 2010 5:43 PM
5I agree w/jandger and alecampitos; your guide is of great importance. I went on 3-day/2 night tours with both Cumaceba Lodge and Amazon Rainforest Lodge and my guide was a freelancer named GERLO and he was outstanding!!!
Apr 6, 2011 5:52 PM
6We went on a 3 day tour in January with Amazon Adventure Expeditions / Fly Catcher Tours www.myamazontours.com and were pretty happy with it. They are listed in the newest edition of Lonely Planet Peru. The first night we decided to camp out in hammocks with mosquito nets, and the second night we stayed at Renaco Lodge. Our guide, Ricardo was very knowledgeable and friendly. We also talked to Jairo who was pretty cool. Price was very reasonable, and food was pretty good. Price goes down for 5 day tours (it's like 5 days for the price of 4.) Their office is right near the Plaza de Armas (Putumayo 155) and you can read the log book full of comments from previous tourists before you go!
Apr 1, 2012 11:32 AM
7Hi all, we are going to Iquitos next month. We would like to make three - days trip. How much did you pay for your trip? I would like to know which price is ordinary. Alena
Apr 2, 2012 6:09 PM
Iquitos is full of agencies, cheap, expensive and average and depending on what you are expecting from your trip, and your budget you can pick one or another. The quality of the service is very important, and also the organisation, and if it is a serious company. I have been living in Iquitos for long time, and of course I know how things work here. You will find people running after you offering incredible activities, cheap prices ..whatever..but the most important is how to find the right one? Can I trust this people?
Well agencies, as I said there are lots, people who is gonna offer you tours, thousands..but which one is trustable? and where I will get the best experience? In this case, I can recommend you one, from my own experience, I can recommend you this one, because I do know how they work, and are really good. Average price and really good quality. Nice people, and also very serious in their job. The tours are great, also the lodge very comfty, and the activities, they have a great team of guides, and food is incredible..The name is Wimba tours at www.wimbaconection.com.
They have also a facebook page www.facebook.com/wimbaconection where you can see pics of the trips they do! You will see how soon you will get a good feeling when you meet this guys, get them know, really, very honest and humble people.
I wish you good luck in your search, and have fun!
Jul 8, 2012 3:44 PM
We are just back from an amazon tour and we would like to share our experience with you. We booked with “Amazon Adventure Expeditions” (Putumayo #155, Iquitos) and we stayed a their lodge (Renaco Lodge). The lodge looked a bit run down and we think this is not only because of the flood they had a few months before. We did also a one night camping trip, this was great fun but the equipment wasn't that good (broken hammocks, holes in the moskito net…). But the worst thing was a guide from another group who let the boatsmen climb a high tree to cut one branch where a sloth was hanging on and let sloth fall from more than 10m just that his tourists could take pictures of the sloth. For us this behavior has nothing to do with their policy (written on the sign of the lodge) - “Renaco Lodge – Ecology and Conservation”. Our recommendation is to make sure with your guide in which way you want to see wildlife and don't accept such behavior. We have taken one of the cheaper operators and we paid 130soles (~50 US$) per person and per day. The walks and boat tours were great and we can really recommend such a tour but choose your operator carefully.
Oct 22, 2012 11:48 AM
I am on a travel agency's waiting list. If this does not work, i think
i have to book everything (tours, cruices, hotel) on location in Iquitos.
Do you think this is possible?
Nov 3, 2012 6:59 PM
You don't need to use a travel agency as you can book directly with the tour operator. This way you have every option available to you and you will end up paying less for the tours and accommodation. You will even get reliable information about current discounts etc.. Tour operators may even be able to book accommodation, but you can definitely ask for recommended places to stay and then book online as most places have a website or contact information available.
If you're always asking for reputable companies you don't have to worry. But speaking from personal experience, yes you can always at the very least book everything in Iquitos. If you do this the tradeoff is that you will spend time finding places. My advice is to thoroughly research everything before you go. Google is always good for that.
Your problem is the very reason I started my online directory to put people in direct contact with environmentally aware tour operators that provide client satisfaction in a comfortable setting (Not talking luxury - although I just added a luxury cruise - but some level of western comfort). I will start adding accommodation options in the near future.
May 3, 2013 1:42 AM
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