Amazon River Cruise: Peru's Wildlife Wonders - 2017

Lima • 7-Night luxury Amazon River Cruise into Pacaya Samiria Reserve
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Before You Go

From money matters to packing tips, we’ve got all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming Vantage journey. Just click on an item below to read more about it.

Passports & Visas

Planning your trip

Your trip will be here before you know it! Here's some information specific to the destinations you'll be visiting to help you prepare for your journey.

Travel Documentation

The following information applies to U.S.citizens only. Those traveling on other than a U.S. passport are required to contact the embassies or consulates of the countries to be visited for further information and special requirements.

A valid passport is required for all air and sea travel to or from Canada and the U.S. effective January 8, 2007. This is a change from prior travel requirements and does affect any U.S. citizen entering the United States from countries within the Western Hemisphere. This new requirement will also affect Canadian citizens that travel by air to embark in U.S. ports. Expired passports are not acceptable and passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the scheduled return date of your vacation.

Passport and Visa

The following information applies to United States citizens only. Those traveling on other than a United States passport should contact the embassies or consulates of the countries they are visiting for further information and special requirements.

Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the scheduled return date of your vacation. Bring with you a photocopy of the pages of your passport that contain your personal information and extra passport photographs. These are useful in the event of loss.

Country Passport Visa
Peru Y N

Should the above requirements change, you will be notified in a mailing prior to departure. All visa, entry requirements, and fees are subject to change without advance notification by action of the government and port authorities. Vantage is not responsible for any additional charges resulting from such changes. For up-to-date information, please visit Generation Visa at
  • Documents must be valid for at least six months following your scheduled departure and should be in good condition (no rips or tears)
  • Bring with you a photocopy of the pages of your passport that contains your personal information and extra passport photographs. These are useful in the event of loss
  • No Visa requirements for Peru

NOTE:Non-U.S. citizens or passport holders, it is your responsibility to contact their local embassy or Consulate for requirements, which will vary from above.


We know that you’ll want to reward great service, so we've included the following guidelines for gratuities:

  • Included Meals: Gratuities are included
  • Outside Dining: Varies according to local customs; your Program Manager will advise
  • Local Guides: $2.00 - $3.00 per person per day for each (cash only)
  • Local Drivers: $1.00 - $2.00 per person per day for each (cash only)
  • Vantage Adventure Leader: $8.00 - $12.00 per day per person (cash only)
  • Ship Crew: $14.00 per day per person (Visa, Mastercard, or cash)
  • Onboard Naturalists: $3.00 - $5.00 per person per day for each (cash only)


At this time, vaccinations are not required for your tour; however CDC recommends a yellow fever vaccine. We advise that you check with your personal physician to verify your particular needs. For more information on health related issues while travelling overseas, contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention-(CDC) by visiting or calling toll free 1 (800) 232-4636.

If you have received you vaccine, please have your Yellow Fever card in your passport.


  • The tap water is not safe for drinking, but it can be used to brush your teeth. One water carafe will be provided by Zafiro, which can be refilled using conveniently located water dispensers
  • Drink plenty of bottled fluids, bring vitamins or supplements if you use them at home, and take precautions in the sun. Pre-moistened, individually sized antibacterial hand gel is also recommended
  • Make sure to enough bring insect repellent (preferably with DEET)

Climate/Time Zone

Time Differences

Traveling to South America is very convenient as you will not have to cross many time zones. Therefore there is no jetlag at arrival from your overnight flights. Peru is one hour behind Eastern Standard Time (Daylight Saving Time). 

Time Difference
Peru 1 hour

Note: The above times are based on Eastern Standard Time.



  • LIMA: the coast is sunny and very dry with heavy sea mist from April to November
  • AMAZON: in this tropical rainforest there is no specific wet or dry season. It is always warm and humid with daytime highs are 88°F and nighttime lows are 72°F but the seasons are divided based on the water level of the Amazon that can fluctuate more than 45feet. Both seasons are equality amazing to explore this unique environment and M/V Zafiro adapts to the constant changing conditions of the river.
  • HIGH WATER (December to May) caused by the melting of snow as the Andean summer begins and from the rainy season in the upper jungle.
  • LOW WATER: (June to November)

POST extension

  • CUSCO & MACHU PICCHU: the highlands have 2 very distinctive seasons:
  • Dry season (May to September) clear and sunny days and cold at night
  • Wet season (October to April) downpours

Since weather is unpredictable, please use this chart as a general guideline and check weather sites online for 10-day forecasts closer to your departure date to plan your packing accordingly.

Average High/Low Temperature (Farenheit)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Lima H 79 80 80 76 72 69 67 66 67 69 72 76
L 68 69 69 66 63 61 60 60 59 61 63 66
Iquitos H 88 87 87 87 86 85 85 87 88 88 88 88
L 73 73 73 73 72 71 72 72 72 72 73 73
Cusco H 64 64 65 66 67 66 66 66 67 68 67 66
L 45 46 46 43 39 35 34 37 41 44 45 45
Puno H 69 68 69 70 70 69 69 69 71 71 70 70
L 51 51 51 49 47 46 46 46 48 48 48 49

Money Matters

Country Unit of Currency
Peru nuevo sol Get Exchange Rate

South American Currency

  • ATMs are widely used in South America, though you may incur bank fees. Please notify your bank of your exact trip dates before departing the U.S.
  • Travelers’ checks are not recommended at all as they cannot be easily cashed
  • CASH (in USD) is still the most convenient and widely accepted in South America. Bring small bills for tips and craft purchases and larger bills for a better exchange rate when obtaining local currency. Ripped and torn bills won’t be accepted.

Peru's Currency

The unit of currency in Peru is the nuevo sol, divided into 100 centimos. Banknote and coin denominations are as follows:

  • Banknotes: 10, 20, 50 and 100
  • Coins: 1, 2 and 5 nuevos soles; 10, 20, and 50 centimos 

Exchanging Money

Money can be changed at some hotels (not the best rate), banks or exchange offices known as Casas de Cambio. They are typically open during regular American banking hours on weekdays and some on weekends. Your Adventure Leader will assist you on this matter at arrival

How much to bring?

We suggest bringing $400-$500 per person in U.S. cash on the base tour and $600-$800 total if also traveling on the post-trip extension. Bring even more if you are planning on shopping for best gold & silver jewelry or alpaca textiles at Vantage Adventures recommended stores on the post-extension


Most meals are included. Allow about $10-$15 for lunches and $15-$30 for dinners at major cities that are not included in your adventure.  

Packing Guidelines

What to Pack

Items can be expensive to buy once in South America and sizes are often limited. Please take everything you are likely to need other than food, especially medicines and health supplies like contact lenses, insect repellent and SPF. And, if you are bringing these items in a carry-on bag, please make sure they are in containers of 3 oz. or less. 

Please visit us online at or for a selection of products that may be helpful as you determine the packing list that’s best for you. You the following suggestions are also available online by referencing the Before You Go section of our website.  

Your Amazon adventure is casual. Dress for comfort and convenience with a wardrobe that is prepared for very hot and humid days and nights. Cotton clothing is highly recommended. The Zafiro is air-conditioned so you may need a light sweater.

Packing for this adventure is quite easy, as you will be at Sea Level at all times. Light-colored long-sleeved shirts and long pants are recommended to prevent insect bites and clothing should be sprayed with insect repellant prior to arrival. Travelers should pack After Bite medication for possible bites.

Please leave ALL jewelry at home, especially expensive watches.  

Valet laundry service is available in Lima and in a limited capacity onboard the Zafiro. You will have onboard, free of charge:

  • Rubber boots for landings involving walking into muddy area
  • Waterproof ponchos
  • Cleaning service of your hiking boots

Here are essential items:

  • 2 short-sleeved polo-style shirts are perfect while onboard
  • 2 long-sleeved cotton shirts — for sun protection as well as for warmth (with insect shield recommended)
  • 2 lightweight safari-style convertible trousers that zip off at the knee to be worn as shorts when back onboard
  • 2 pairs of walking shorts
  • 5 or 6 changes of underwear
  • Light fleece/soft shell/ light sweater for the evenings onboard
  • A light rain jacket
  • Wide-brim sun hat
  • Sleepwear: 1 to 2 pairs of light weight pajamas
  • Sunglasses
  • Day pack for carrying water, rain jacket, camera etc.
  • Safety neck wallet or money belt to protect your valuable
  • Sundries & toiletries that may be difficult to find en route
  • Multiple sets of swimwear and a top for snorkeling
  • Footwear: water shoes, thick socks, 2-4 pairs of light socks, and hiking boots
  • Hiking poles if taking the post-trip extension

Here are suggested items:

  • Travel alarm
  • Travel journal/note pad
  • Extra pair of reading glasses (expensive to get in South America)
  • Washcloth
  • Earplugs

Flight Information

Flight Information

When planning your flights, Vantage considers each airline's reputation for quality, service, and routing options to the destination. Vantage selects flights that both serve our groups' needs and ensure the best balance of quality and cost. Our flight team members will do their utmost to select flights that will get you to your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

First and Business Class Airfare Upgrades
Many of our programs offer first and/or Business Class upgrades, for more information, please visit our FlightChoice page.

Vantage encourages you to check current airport security regulations well in advance of travel, as rules may have changed since your last trip. For the latest information on airline security guidelines and boarding procedures, please visit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) web site.

While on Tour

While on Tour

The information below applies in general to Vantage European river cruising. To learn more about our exclusive river cruises on Vantage-owned ships, click here.

Briefing sessions

Prior to arriving at most ports, your Vantage Program Manager will conduct an informative briefing concerning the daily schedule, local customs, and the included features of the program. It is strongly advised that all tour members attend the briefings.

Extending Your Trip

Vantage offers specially arranged pre- and post-extensions on many of our river cruises. See specific river cruises for details.

Additionally, if you would like to do some exploring on your own, either before or after your river cruise, Vantage can help arrange the details. In most cases, your flights can be adjusted for an earlier arrival date or a later return date. A non-refundable administrative fee will be assessed, plus any additional costs that may apply to the air ticket and hotel. Transfers to and from your hotel are not included when traveling independent of a Vantage group. Please ask a Vantage Sales Representative for additional details. Note also that some airline contracts may exclude changes to routing.

NOTE: Should you wish to make any changes to your plans to extend your trip, please do so no later than 60 days prior to your scheduled date of departure. Change and cancellation penalties apply to changes made after airline tickets have been issued.

Your Health & Comfort

Vantage wants you to have a safe, healthy, and happy journey. Our river cruises are planned to combine just the right amount of activity and leisure.

For personal medical attention while on your river cruise, your Vantage Program Manager can refer you to reliable physicians in the cities on your tour.

Please note that Medicare and U.S health insurance are generally not accepted in foreign destinations. If you have an insurance claim, it should be made upon your return to the USA and filed through your health insurance provider or through the Vantage Travel Protection Plan if you have purchased it. Keep relevant receipts and doctors' reports for processing your claim.

Jet Lag Precautions

When you cross several time zones to reach your destination, you often lose many hours of regular sleep. Upon arrival your body must quickly adjust to new sleeping and eating patterns. The result is jet lag. Its symptoms may include fatigue, irritability, and vague disorientation. You cannot completely avoid jet lag but you can minimize it. Here's how:

  • Try to sleep on overnight flights
  • Avoid heavy eating and drinking caffeine or alcoholic beverages right before - and during - your flight
  • Drink plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying
  • Try to stay awake your first day until after dinner

Pace of the River Cruise

Vantage river cruises are planned to provide a well-balanced mix of activities and free time. Certain river cruises, however, may prove to be more challenging than others, particularly for passengers with physical limitations.

Passengers with physical difficulties or concerns about the pace of the travel program should contact their Vantage Customer Relations Representative for tips on which travel programs best suit their individual needs and abilities. See also Medical Issues, below.

Your Personal Safety

Please keep in mind that in any tourist destination, you need to be aware of your surroundings. We recommend that you use a money protector that can be worn around your neck. Flashy jewelry should be left at home. Never place your camera or purse down, or hang it on the back of your chair. Although incidents of theft and pickpocketing while on tour are rare, it is important to be cautious and aware.

Medical Issues

Click here to read important information about travelers with physical, emotional, or mental conditions that may require professional attention or the use of special equipment. "Medical Issues" information also appears in the "Tour Participation Agreement - Terms and Conditions" bound into Vantage catalogs and printed on the back of your Vantage invoice.


If your Vantage river cruise includes a stay in a hotel, please note that Vantage makes every effort to reserve only hotels that offer well-appointed rooms and a convenient location. We remind you that quality of accommodations may vary from destination to destination. Vantage strives to provide the best hotels available that meet our standards of quality.

How We Rate Our Hotels

While some tour companies devise their own ratings systems (based on their particular standards), Vantage ranks hotels based on the industry-accepted classifications published by the Hotel & Travel Index - the travel industry standard.

Deluxe/Moderate Deluxe ***** Outstanding accommodations in every way, offering superior service, facilities, and location.

Superior First-Class ****+ Above average accommodations, with many special amenities, including more restaurants, shops, and usually a fitness center.

First-Class/Moderate First-Class **** Comfortable, well-equipped standard rooms with private bath and attractive public areas and amenities.

Please Note: In some areas where the hotels aren't rated, it's often due to the fact that the hotel may be too new, too remote, or too small. However, the hotel where you stay has been inspected and approved by Vantage personnel.

Religious Services

At Vantage, we count individuals from all walks of life and all religious denominations among our customers. Although we do not offer religious services on our travel programs, services may be available in the cities and towns you visit while on tour. Your Vantage Program Manager can advise you when religious services are available. Please keep in mind that not all religious denominations have a presence in every travel destination. We cannot guarantee the availability of religious services.


Shopping for local merchandise is always a part of the travel experience. We are aware that local guides do recommend shops on their tours. Always keep in mind that a purchase is between the buyer and the seller. Always keep receipts and credit card copies. Shipping should always include insurance in the event of breakage. Some credit cards such as American Express also include insurance protection for purchases, but it is best to check with your card issuer for any insurance that may be included when you use your card.

Sightseeing & Cultural Connections

Vantage offers a variety of included sightseeing tours and special cultural events to enrich your travel experience and bring you "closer to the world." Our tours are specially designed for Vantage travelers. They let you feel the atmosphere, gain a cultural understanding, and become a part of the area you are visiting. They include all transportation and the services of expert local guides.

Optional Excursions

Vantage makes every effort to provide the right balance of both included activities and time for exploring on your own. We've found, however, that many of our passengers prefer an additional guided activity in lieu of free time. For that reason, some of our river cruises may include a limited number of optional tours and activities, which you may choose to take at a moderate fee. In no case do we replace an included sightseeing tour with an optional tour. Optional tours are strictly voluntary, providing you with the opportunity to visit an attraction that you may not see otherwise.


All transfers between airport and hotel/pier are included when purchasing Vantage air. However, travelers purchasing their own airline tickets will be responsible for their own round-trip transfers to and from the airport/hotel/pier based on the itinerary.

Travel Itinerary

Each Vantage River Cruise is planned with two criteria in mind: It must be an interesting destination and the tour must offer good quality at an exceptional value.

Although everything is planned well in advance of your departure, our ultimate goal is to ensure that each departure is enjoyable, interesting, and safe. Therefore, the day-by-day itinerary provided is subject to change depending upon local conditions. If any significant changes occur in advance of your departure, Vantage will notify you by phone or by mail. If changes occur while on tour, your Vantage Program Manager or local representative will notify you.

Your Vantage Program Manager / Local Representative

During your river cruise you'll be accompanied by an experienced, English-speaking Vantage Program Manager - at least three on every Vantage River Cruise ship. You will also benefit from the insights of expert Local Representatives. Both your Program Manager and Local Representatives can give you suggestions on the best restaurants, shops, and local sights; help coordinate optional tours and excursions; and assist in any manner possible.

Vantage Hospitality Desk

For your convenience, a Vantage Hospitality Desk will be available during scheduled hours aboard your river cruise ship (staffed by an experienced team of local travel professionals or by your Vantage Program Manager). The desk hours vary, depending on your daily scheduling. Tour members will be advised of the desk.

Water Levels

River cruising is one of the easiest, most enjoyable forms of travel. However, please be aware that European weather conditions occasionally cause excessively high or low river levels that may require adjustments to your itinerary.


We include tipping for all meals that are included in your package and all porterage. Tips are not included for your Vantage Program Manager, local guides and drivers, or any maids or other personnel in hotels, ships or trains.


Electricity: Electricity is 220 volts in Peru. Onboard the M/V Zafiro, there are outlets for both 110 volts & 220 volts.

InternetMost hotels offer complimentary Wi-Fi in the lobby and other common areas, and charge for access in your room. Internet access is not available onboard the Zafiro.

Telecommunications: U.S. cell phones can be used in South American with different rooming charges depending on you plan, reaching up to $5 USD per minute. There are phone booths (locutorios) in downtown areas that are convenient. To call the U.S., dial 001, followed by the area code and number. If you are unable to connect, dial 119-1, followed by the area code and number.

Photography: In the Amazon, there is more to be captured with our ears and nose than our sight! But we will visit some of the most pristine sections of the Pacaya Samiria Nature Reserve looking for rare species so if lucky this trip may become wildlife photographer’s dream. Make sure you bring a good telephoto.

You can photograph just about anything in South America, although pictures of government buildings and officials in uniform are discouraged. Please ask your Adventure Leader for best practices. In any culture, it is polite to ask permission before taking pictures of people, and South America is no exception. There are many official “models”—especially in tourist areas of Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu—who will request $1-$3 USD to have their picture taken so it is always wise to ask first to avoid undesirable situations.

When not using your camera, always keep it in your pocket, in a case attached to your belt, or hanging on a strap around your neck.

Weights & MeasuresSouth America uses the metric system.

Postal servicesPostcards can be purchased at souvenir shops in tourist areas as well as stamps. Post may take several weeks to reach the U.S.

Payment Information

What does my Reservation Deposit Guarantee?
Payment of your initial deposit holds your spot on your journey. However, it does not guarantee the price of your trip. Participation in our Smart Pay Discount Plan can save you up to 10% on your Vantage trip AND it ensures that the land, cruise, and international airfare portions of your trip will not increase. This includes 100% guaranteed protection against most additional taxes (does not include entry fees or arrival taxes), fuel surcharges, and currency fluctuations, from the moment you pay in full under the terms of Vantage's SmartPay Discount Plan. If you do not participate in our SmartPay Discount Plan, all prices are subject to change.
When is my Final Payment due?
Final payments are due 90-120 days prior to departure, depending upon the program.
Can I extend my final payment due date?
Unfortunately, we are unable to extend any final payment due dates because of our vendor contractual obligations.
What is an E-Check?
ECheck is a commonly used term to refer to an online payment method via electronic check from your bank account.
What are the benefits of paying via E-Check?
Paying by E-Check is fast, easy and 100% secure – and there is no fee involved. Plus, paying by E-Check with our SmartPay Discount Program, you can realize hundreds of dollars in savings right away. When you compare those savings to the frequent flyer miles you might earn when you pay by credit card, you come out on top for two reasons: first, you enjoy your savings right away, whereas frequent flyer miles need to be accumulated over time before you cash them in; second, frequent flyer miles have restrictions of usage.
How do I make payments via an E-Check?
It's easy to set up E-Checking on My Account. Have your checkbook handy and simply go to the Make a Payment screen and follow the instructions provided. Please note that E-Check payments appear on your invoice immediately but take 2-3 business days for your bank to process.
What is the SmartPay Discount Plan?
The SmartPay Discount PlanSM allows our travelers to receive a discount by paying for their trip in full before their final payment due date. The further in advance of the final payment date you pay, the greater the discount. Just as important, you’ll guarantee your price against price increases resulting from currency fluctuations, fuel costs, and other unanticipated occurrences.
How can I take advantage of your SmartPay Discount Plan?
You can only take advantage of our SmartPay Discount PlanSM when paying by E-Check. Paying by E-Check is fast, easy and 100% secure – and there is no fee involved. All you need is your checking account number and bank routing number, both of which are printed on your checks. 50% of your trip’s total cost must be paid by check. Payments made inside of 60 days prior to departure will not qualify.
Can I pay by credit card and still take advantage of your SmartPay Discount Plan?
While we do accept credit card payments, you can only take advantage of our SmartPay Discount PlanSM when paying by E-Check, unless part of your payment is made by credit card and at least 50% of your total payment is paid by E-Check.
How do I redeem my Vantage Credit Voucher?
Vantage credit vouchers should be mailed once you receive your first invoice. Any overpayment that results from the credit voucher will be refunded to you, if applicable.
How do I cancel my trip and how long will it take for me to receive a refund?

If you must cancel your trip, you should contact our Customer Service department. Refund requests must be made in writing – indicating the reason for cancellation – and received by the respective final payment due date to avoid additional cancellation charges.

Vantage realizes that most people who cancel their reservations do so out of real necessity. Nevertheless, there is a non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person for each program you cancel. This low fee covers only our costs of reservation maintenance or cancellation.

Payments made to your credit card will be refunded as a credit to that card. Payments made by check will be refunded by check. Payments paid by electronic check will be refunded electronically. Please allow 35 days for refunds to be manually verified and processed by our accounting department. Please refer to the Tour Participation Agreement for your program's cancellation fee schedule.

Why does it take just one day to charge my credit card at the time of booking but 30 days to refund it in the event of cancellation?
After you book a trip with us, we process charges within 24 hours in order to hold and confirm your reservation quickly for you. Because refunds are processed manually by our accounting department, we require a 30-day processing period to assure utmost accuracy.
I was just reviewing my invoice online and noticed a discrepancy. What should I do?
Please contact us and we will attempt to resolve the situation as soon as possible. To help expedite matters, you should print out your invoice and have it handy when you contact us.

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