Can I Travel to the Peruvian Amazon Alone?
The Peruvian Amazon! According to popular culture, tropical rainforests are deep, dark woods that hide countless perils. Enter at your own risk and expect deadly snakes, spiders, and other ferocious creatures at every turn! While such frightening descriptions are an easy means of formulating fiction, such tall tales about Peruvian Amazon are only encountered in the realm of books and movies. The truth about this famous rainforest is that it’s actually much safer than most cities. Animals here are of all sizes are a lot more afraid of people than they are of them. But, that said, can you really travel to the Peruvian Amazon alone?
What’s best, joining a group or travelling independently?
Alternatively, if you are more independent and prefer to do your own research and organisation, there are many benefits to travelling independently. It allows you to be spontaneous with your plans and is a great opportunity to do what you want to do and see what you want to see. Travelling on your own definitely does not mean being alone, it just gives you more flexibility.
Joining a group means you have guaranteed companionship and can spend as much or as little time socialising with the rest of your group. You will find that as a solo traveller you are much more approachable than a group of close-knit friends, so it is easy to make friends with likeminded people. It is reassuring knowing that everything has been organised for you by people who know what they’re doing. Also that your guide and tour operator are trusted points of contact if you have any concerns.
The age range can vary, but this works well as older passengers love the energy of the younger ones. Whilst younger passengers are interested in the stories and experiences of older ones.
In general signing up for an organised Peruvian Amazon tour can make it a little easier. While on the tour you don’t have to worry about transportation, accommodation, or food. Moreover, you’re with the same group of people 24/7 so you’re bound to make a friend or two and possibly even have someone to continue your travels with.
Where to stay in the Peruvian amazon when travelling alone
If you join a group, your guide will give you recommendations about where to eat and the best places to explore. It is always a good idea to tell him/her what your plans are when you venture out on your own, to avoid any worry or confusion.
The best way to visit is by staying at a comfortable jungle lodge with excellent food, service, and experienced, well-trained guides.
Although no one should grab a mechete and blaze a trail through roadless rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon.That’s not how we experience this amazing habitat in any case. That way, whether you travel alone or with the entire family, you can relax and experience your Peruvian Amazon tour at your own pace. When doing it on your own, a good guide is especially important because he or she accompanies you on the trails, helps you see animals. The guide can also help you plan activities suited to your needs. At least that’s the way we do it at Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata Research Center, and Posada Amazonas.
Tips for Peruvian Amazon tour when traveling alone:
- Carry Toilet Paper. Maybe you will enter to a bathroom without any toilet paper. And let’s face it, sometimes your stomach has to adjust to new bacteria, which isn’t always pretty. Pack extra toilet paper with you for those emergencies, and you will thank yourself later.
- Avoid One-Use Water Bottles. When you visit Peruvian Amazon, you’ll learn quickly that the water isn’t potable. That means you can shower in it but you should never drink it without boiling it first. This causes many tourists to buy and toss plastic water bottles, with devastating consequences to Peru’s environment, we recommend you to bring your own reusable water bottle and fill up with sanitized water at the hotel or hostel you’re staying at.
- Always Have Cash on You. One unfortunate fact about visiting Peruvian Amazon? You’ll need to have an uncomfortable amount of cash on you. That’s because hardly any places take cards except some of the biggest tourist traps. And even the places that do might tack on an unwanted surcharge on top of your own bank’s international fees. I recommend withdrawing roughly $200 at a time. I know that kind of money might feel intimidating, but you can take smart measures by stashing your cash in different places along your Peruvian Amazon tour.