When travelling to Peru and the Amazon Jungle there are many precautions you should be aware of to protect your health, there are several modes of possible parasitic exposure. If the proper precautions are taken you should have the ability to eliminate the possibility of contracting any of these pernicious critters.
Travel & Health Guidelines
Important Travel Information, Pay Heed
• When you arrive in Peru make sure you ALWAYS wash your hands with soap and water before you consume any food that your hands will touch therefore eliminating the vector of exposure from hand to mouth.
• If you buy any fruit in any market or street vendor it MUST be washed thoroughly before it is eaten.
• Travellers’ diarrhoea can be avoided by making sure you drink bottled water and generally is a result of different bacterial strains that our gut get exposed to that are unfamiliar to our systems.
• This is generally not serious and in most cases is self-limiting.
• There are many pharmacies and doctors available throughout Iquitos if any medical assistance or medication are needed.
• Tetanus vaccination should be up to date.
• Malaria is generally not a concern in the areas of the Peruvian Amazon where we conduct our retreats, but if you choose to be on the safe side. There are several medications that can be used as a preventative.
Do not take Doxycycline it is contraindicated with Ayahuasca!
Here is the recommended medication for malaria prevention: Mefloquine
It is very important to follow these guidelines regarding the monies you bring.
In Peru, it is very difficult to exchange money if it is not in excellent condition.
• Bills must be in almost perfect condition with no tears otherwise you cannot exchange to Peruvian soles.
• Make sure when you get your money from your bank before you travel that it is best to travel with 20’s and/or 50’s, it is more difficult to exchange 100’s.
• If you do bring 100’s none are to be in the CB series otherwise you will not be able to exchange them.
• It is recommended to bring an ATM card, you will be able to withdraw money in Lima and Iquitos. But make sure you let your issuing bank know you are travelling abroad so they do not lock your card up assuming that it is stolen.
• If travelling through Lima it is recommended that you exchange at least 200 dollars at the airport for expenses.
If you have a flight right into Iquitos we will bring you to a reputable money changer so to avoid any problems.
Here is the link to the Center for Disease Control that gives information regarding travel to Peru:
**Travelers health insurance is recommended**