Frequently Asked Questions
What do I have to take with me?
Aside from binoculars and photo-equipment (the important bird watcher stuff) we advise:
- Flashlight with spare bulb and batteries,
- Extra battery packs if using video-camera or digital camera
- Day pack and water bottle,
- Plastic bags (to keep everything dry), when travel by boat
- Insect repellent and sunblock,
- A small medical kit,
- Water resistant shoes, not necessarily boots,
- Rain gear (the best is a simple poncho or umbrella),
- Sweater or jacket (for the higher altitude),
- Long pants and long-sleeved shirts, if are camuflages is better
In Northern Peru we have tour that include aircraft flight from Yurimaguas to San Lorenzo – Datem, in this flight, its allowed just 8 kg per person, hopefully our stay is just for couple days
What are the weather conditions?
In general the weather is fine with the exception of the period January until April. That is the mean rainy season in the mountain area as well as in the rain forest. It seldom rains the whole day and the bird activity can be very good but the major problem is that the unpaved roads are in bad condition.
The temperatures are comfortable. At higher altitudes it is pleasant in the daytime and cool at night. In the rain-forest, the reverse is true. Generally speaking, it is not as hot as one might expect. When cold winds called “friajes” blow from the mountains it can feel strangely cold.
Is it dangerous in Peru?
No. The terrorist activity has virtually ended. The country has stabilized and is now a safe place in which to travel.
Peru continues in his process to be a recently started democracy. The cities, like all other cities in the world have problems with robbery, but it is not common place and seldom violent. Outside the cities, crime doesn’t exist.
Is the trip dangerous, diseases etc.?
The cars that we use are well maintained and the drivers are experienced. The journey -however- is the most dangerous part of a trip, much more so than seldom encountered poison snakes or the strange tropical diseases you could catch.
The incidence of Malaria is extremely low and there are few mosquitos over to 450 m anyway. Mosquito nets are still provided in some of the lodges. There is a far greater risk of being bitten by other insects such as the 2cm izula ant – Bullet Ant.
On the trails it is advisable to carry insect repellent (at least with 25 % DEET) even though it may not be necessary. The real problems are mainly irritations like the chiggers on the trails and the sand flies on the beach. They cause itching, but, you problems can avoided by covering exposed parts. Long pants, long sleeved shirts and socks are advised at all times.
And what about high-altitude sickness?
When you are going to the Junin area near Lima, the Colca Valley near Arequipa or the Abra Malaga pass near Cusco you are coming above the altitude of 4000 m. above sea level. The best is to acclimatize some days at an altitude of 3000 m. or more (for instance in Cusco) before going on a trip.
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CANCELLATION POLICY ( When a person cancels his/her participation)
Cancellation penalties and refunds are based on the following schedule
- Cancellations 100 days before the departure will result in a “cancellation fee” of $ 800/person.
- Cancellations 70 days before the departure will result in loss of deposit. But If you want to join to another birding tour in the next 12 months, the cancellation fee will be $200 per person.
- Cancellation 30 days before of the departure of the trip will result in the loss of 50 % of the total price of the Tour. But If you want to join to another birding tour in the next 12 months, the cancellation fee will be 25% of all monies paid per person.
- If you cancel the tour during the 30 days close to the departure date, you have to pay the full service of the tour, but you can get an special discount if you want to join another tour in the next 12 months.
We will always take all the possible measures to avoid cancelling or changing schedules for out tours.
Please note – there are occasions when emergencies arrive, or situations are out of our control. Therefore, we reserve the right to cancel or change the itinerary of the tour. If it is necessary to cancel the tour we will make a full refund of all money paid by you to Tanager Tours.
In the case that some clients cancel their participation. Alternatively the tour may be offered to run as planned, but with a surcharge subject to written agreement by the clients.
Our fixed departure are programed according our tour calendar to guarantee the departure date, we need at least 4 participants. If there isn’t enough people, for any fix departure we communicate our clients 2 months before the date if there are enough people registered already to run the tour.
We can leave even with one person, but our clients have to coordinate with the management to assume some surcharge this depending how many people are registered. the idea is avoid the cancellation.
DELAYS AND CHANGES IN ITINERARY & ACCOMMODATION
Tanager Tours does everything possible to operate the tour as advertised,. There are conditions such as weather or road conditions that necessitate changing itineraries. Weather, flights and other situations can be quite changeable and/or volatile and outside our control,. If these conditions arise we may be required to make changes to the itinerary. In such circumstances, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary as necessary .
Tanager Tours will always strive to offer an equivalent itinerary. We cannot be held responsible for any delay to your international flights or the consequences of airline cancellations or delays.
RESPONSIBILITY & LIABILITY
We have taken all possible care to ensure that the tours run as have been set properly arranged. However, Tanager Tours and/or its Agents act only as agents for the passenger in regard with respect to all transportation and hotels. Therefore we accept no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity in connection with services of hotels, ground agents or any means of transport used in carrying out the tours, carrying the passengers, or in carrying out tour arrangements.
Tanager Tours and its agents can not accept responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, acts of terrorism, quarantine, closure of airports or other causes beyond our control. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, as tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated.
We reserve the right to send home, at their own expense, any person not conducting himself or herself in a manner compatible with the normal satisfactory operation of the tour. Tanager Tours will not be liable for any refund or compensation should this situation arise. Baggage is at owner’s risk entirely.
TRAVEL AND MEDICAL INSURANCE
Passport, visa and health requirements for you and your party is the client’s responsibility. We strongly recommend the use of a travel and medical insurance plan for extra expenses or unavoidable cancellations due to illness, accident, emergency evacuation, costs incurred due to flight delays, personal baggage loss, schedule changes, missed connections, delays caused by bad weather, strikes, natural disasters or other causes beyond our control.
We do not include the cost of international airfare in our prices.
Domestic flight in some fixed departure are not include but we can assist you, if you need it. Please see in each program inclusions, to be sure contact Us and we’ll send you a detailed itinerary
Best Wishes and Good Birding