INIBICO offers discounts on some Peruvian airlines (ask before traveling). Ideal group size are 4 persons, but bigger groups up to 12 persons can be managed (group size usually depends on our vehicles used). Groups which must await the national flight overnight are received at Lima airport by our city guide (speaks English, other multilingual guides can be contracted if advised at time), transferred to cheap hotels or private rooms, guided at night at Lima city (Miraflores tour) and picked up the next morning to reach the inland flight. All groups are received at our new Tarapoto airport and can use several types of hotels from very cheap to expensive class, according to financial resources of the groups (please ask INIBICO at time).
Flight and transportation
Tarapoto has daily flight connections to Lima and also Iquitos. For special expeditions, small airplanes are available (Lagunas, Contamana). Tents are provided by us, but sleeping mats, light sleeping bags and mosquito nets and a good headlamp must bring in each tourist. In high forest, mosquitoes are no problem, but in lowland forest during part of the year the protection is necessary and especially on river expeditions. Insect repellent is necessary against mosquitoes, gnats and chigger mites or ticks. The climate at Tarapoto and the ASPRAVEP field base at km 34 is fresh at night (17- 22ºC) to moderately hot at midday (24-32ºC). Inside the forest, the temperatures are at 24ºC. In June/ July during the cold periods, a thin pullover and Anorak might be necessary- also when traveling at high altitudes (KUELAP expedition) or during rainy periods.
The Andean range (KUELAP ruins, 3050 m) might be chilly cold during June, July and August (8ºC!).
Special equipment like camera gear, hi power lighting for insect watchers, insect nets and other stuff must be brought in by the tourists. Several other things can be loaned from INIBICO-please coordinate all before a visit. We have special fish nets, aquariums, and a 1KW Honda gasoline power generator to recharge camera batteries or to be used with insect lighting.
In Peru is 220 V, 60 Hz and differs from Ecuador (110 V, 60 Hz) or Germany (220 V, 50 Hz). Internet access is available everywhere at Tarapoto and at INIBICO base. Several Hospitals and Clinics are present in case of accidents like snake bites or other health problems. Vaccine against yellow fever is necessary, Malaria prevention is not necessary for the Tarapoto range, but is a must for Iquitos. Vaccines against Hepatitis types are recommended in the Cordillera del Condor range. Stomach problems are usually caused by Salmonella infections (eggs, milk products, ice cream, vegetables) and can be treated with cheap medicines locally (Ciprofloxacin 250 or 500 mg capsules resolve those problems fast). Rubber boots for forest walks are recommended and can be bought new and cheap at Tarapoto market or loaned from INIBICO. DURACELL and other special batteries are available at Tarapoto.
We usually eat al local restaurants during our expeditions or cook on gas kitchens or camp fire. At ASPRAVEP Field base we have a 4 flame gas kitchen with a cooking service (wife of our guard).
ASPRAVEP FIELD BASE at km 34 is in final construction phase (2004). Until it is ready we sleep in tents inside the field station (see pictures). A safety guard takes care of all things in the base while the tourist groups are in the forest exploring with local guides. Until our hydroelectric power plant (3 KW) is ready, energy is provided by a 1 KW Honda Gasoline generator and “silent” illumination is possible with battery powered fluorescent lamps and kerosene lanterns.
Toyota Hilux 4 WD Double Cabin (4 persons) and also a Toyota Hiace Combi with 4 WD (12 persons) from Chancas Expeditions. Other cars can be rented for intermediate groups (5- 8 persons). All expeditions are guided by specialists.
Entomologists (Hobbyists and profis) can get special help and guidance from the URKU Butterfly project at Tarapoto. Samples of aquarium fishes might be exported- this requires a previous paperwork to the trip and extra costs. In the near future, frog tourists might also select and buy directly produced juvenile poison frogs from our Concession and projects. Those frogs must get a CITES export permit at LIMA and the tourist must have the IMPORT permit of his country. We can help with the paperwork.
INIBICO provided guidance to several expeditions and different investigation projects in the past two decades. We have 23 years of experience in North Eastern Peruvian ecosystems, but also south to the Púrus range, Cordillera Azul, and to Iquitos- Pebás or the Napo river. Iquitos and Pucallpa Programs are managed by our bases there (please ask).
We also work in the Andes and in the Cordillera Occidental and Cordillera del Cóndor.
The first Faunal Management Concession of Peru with 3800 ha very close to Tarapoto will be the main base for Selva Alta high forest investigations in the future (350- 1400 m altitude range) and provides constantly new species and morphs of herps, butterflies, insects and also birds.
If you are interested in a thesis or a special field investigation or film/documental projects, please contact us. We are working together at the moment with East Carolina University (Dr. Kyle Summers and his students) and recently also with some German Universities (University of Greifswald: new sustainable fauna management projects in rainforest).
External Universities which want to expand their bases in Peru are welcome to contact us.
General Safety Rules for Traveling in Peru
As the country is in a social and economical crisis the last 20 years, poverty increased in urban and rural areas. The lack of jobs combined with the increasing use of illegal drugs in the youth leads to the increase of general robbery in cities and road/ river assaults in the field and one cannot trust any more taxi drivers, hotel personnel, airline cargo employees, money exchange people and so on. The room service of several hotels steals things like cash, credit cards, and passports. Ship travels (Pucallpa – Iquitos, Yurimaguas- Iquitos) are also getting more dangerous nowadays. We have a black list of such enterprises and also of dangerous areas or routes. Preventive actions must be taken in every moment to avoid problems. The security of our tourist groups and their equipment is our main goal and we care especially that your stay with us will be safe and without problems. Follow in any case the advice given by our guides. There are still places where you find the outstanding hospitality we knew from Peru of the 80ies- for example the Cordillera del Condor is such a place. We have also good connections to local Indian tribes (Aguaruna) and ethnological interested persons may like to stay a while with those groups which are loosing in most cases their ancient form of life.
Prices are subject to changes, also Peruvian airlines and their tickets. If you are interested in one of the trips, request an offer, giving the number of participating persons, age, and special wishes to: Info@Inibico.org. We can provide a time plan for best weather and traveling conditions.