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About Our Destination

Currency
The monetary unit of Peru is the Nuevo Sol. As of June, 2014, $1.00 US = 2.80 PEN.
Climate
The climate in Peru varies depending on where we will be. May is cooler in Lima, as it is fall, so be sure to bring warmer clothing as it is cooler and damp (17°C/62°F by day and 11°C/52°F by night). However, closer to the equator in the Amazon, temperatures are much hotter with relative humidity (32°C/89°F by day and 21°C/71°F by night). It is recommended to bring a rain jacket as there will most likely be rain in the rainforests.
Languages
Spanish is the national language of Peru, but English is spoken widely.
Itinerary
  • Saturday, May 9 – Lima, Peru
  • Sunday, May 10 – Lima/Iquitos/Nauta/Embark
  • Monday, May 11-Saturday, May 16 - Exploring the Pacaya-Samira Reserve
  • Pucate River
  • Amazon River
  • Sapuena Village
  • El Dorado River
  • Atun Poza
  • Yabauacu Lagoon
  • Puerto Miguel Village
  • Sunday, May 17 – Disembark/Nauta/ Iquitos/Lima
  • Monday, May 18 – Depart Lima, Peru

Before Your Trip

What’s Included and What’s Not
What is included?
  • 1-night hotel in Lima before the trip at the Casa del Sol Ramada on May 9, 2015
  • 1-night hotel in Lima after the trip at the Casa del Sol Ramada on May 17, 2015
  • Roundtrip airfare: Lima – Iquitos – Lima
  • 7 nights on board the National Geographic/Lindblad Delphin II
  • Water, coffee, tea and soft drinks throughout the day and all meals on board the ship
  • Breakfast at hotel on May 10 and 18
  • All access permits and entrance fees
  • All shore excursions and sightseeing while on board the vessel
  • Gratuities to naturalists and ship’s crew, port charges/taxes, which are covered in NDA fees
  • Olivia staff assistance throughout
What’s not included?
  • Roundtrip airfare to Lima, Peru
  • Incidentals on board, and wine and alcohol
  • International Departure Tax from Lima (approx. $31) (Some airlines will include it in the cost of the ticket. Please check with your carrier.)
  • NDA charges are not included in the price of the trip but have already been added to your reservation as reflected on your invoice
  • Dinner on evening of May 9 and May 17
Travel documentation and identification
Passport
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Visa
If you are a U.S. Citizen, you DO NOT need a visa. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Vaccinations
All information we obtain regarding Health precautions is received from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta at 404-332-4559 or www.cdc.gov. Please remember we are a travel company and are in no way authorized to prescribe any inoculations or medications. You should check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” and then “Vaccinations.”
The CDC recommends malaria prophylaxis and yellow fever vaccination for travel to the Peruvian Amazon. The CDC also recommends that the routine vaccines should be up to date: influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR Vaccine), diphtheria/tetanus/pertissis (DTP Vaccine).
We also recommend that you consult your personal physician for medical advice, showing her or him the itinerary indicating the places you will be visiting. Your physician is most familiar with your personal medical history and is best qualified to determine your particular needs. It is always advisable to have physical and dental check-ups before you leave.
Although the water and food are generally safe in Peru, occasional stomach upsets may occur, and we suggest that you ask your doctor to recommend anti-diarrhea medication. We recommend that you drink bottled water throughout your trip. Bottled water is available at the hotels and on board the ship.
Cancellation Policy
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.
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TRAVEL INSURANCE
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 15 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most comprehensive coverage. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.
For a travel insurance quote, more information or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
Joining the Olivia.com trip group
If you’d like to chat with people who are going on the trip, join the Olivia Connect Group. You can also sign up to join the Olivia Facebook Group.

Travel and arrival

Air travel
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into Lima, Peru (LIM). Most flights arrive in the evening.
Suggested arrival/departure times
Flights can arrive at any time to Lima (LIM) on May 9, 2015, even up until midnight. Hotel check-in begins at 3:00pm. Flights for departure on *May 18, 2012 can depart at any time from Lima (LIM).

*PLEASE NOTE: There are flights that depart Lima in the late evening on May 17 (For example, American, Delta and LAN Airlines has red-eye flights departing Lima very late at night on May 17 or between midnight and 2am on May 18). You CAN book these late night flights, and we will have a dayroom for you instead of an overnight room on May 17. We do not suggest you book these late night flights on May 18/19, as you will have a long wait for this flight with check-out of the hotel at 12 noon! There are early morning flights on May 18 on American, Delta and LAN as well.

Airfare
The AA discount code A1455BM is good for 7% off and applies to flights into and out of Lima, Peru (LIM). Dates of travel are May 2 – 25, 2015. Airfare can be booked no earlier than 11 months before the trip. This reservation can be booked by calling (800) 433-1790 ($25 booking fee applies) or visiting AA.com/rainbow (no booking fee and please remove the preceding “A” when booking online). In order for discount code to be valid, flight cannot be solely on a codeshare airline; the originating flight must be on American Airlines.
We are proud to partner with Delta Airlines. The Delta Airlines discount code NMJC3 is good for up to 10% off and applies to flights into and out of Lima, Peru (LIM). Dates of travel are May 2 – 25, 2015. Airfare can be booked no earlier than 11 months before the trip. This reservation can be booked by calling (800) 328-1111 ($25 booking fee applies), visiting delta.com/booking (no booking fee) or calling your travel agent (if applicable) and mentioning the discount codes. Not all fares are eligible for use with this discount code. Fare rules will determine eligibility.
Luggage allowances

Airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.

Please note that there are luggage weight restrictions on the flights between Lima and Iquitos. Each passenger may have one checked bag weighing no more than 23 kilos (approximately 50 pounds) and one carry on weighing no more than 8 kilos (approximately 17 pounds). If you are traveling prior to or after the trip, and will have additional baggage, you may leave behind excess luggage at the Ramada Costa del Sol Lima Hotel. You can collect this luggage when you return to Lima at the end of the trip.

Transfers and Meeting up with Olivia
Transportation from Airport
The hotel is directly across the street from the International Terminal. Transfers from the airport to the hotel are not included, however, you will be able to walk across the street to the hotel. Transfers (and/or luggage assistance) from the Lima hotel to the Lima Airport/Iquitos airport to ship and ship to Iquitos Airport/Lima airport to hotel are all included as needed.
Hotel Check-In
Hotel check-in begins at 3:00PM
Hotel
Our host hotel in Lima is the Casa del Sol Ramada. Should you wish to arrive a day early or extend your stay, we recommend booking directly online with the hotel and request a Standard Room so you will not have to change rooms.

Casa del Sol Ramada
Av. Elmer Faucett S/N
Aeropuerto Jorge Chavez
Lima, 1 PE

The Casa del Sol Ramada is at the airport, and a cab is necessary to get to the beach and historic district. If you are planning to spend a little more time in Lima, we suggest a hotel that is closer to the Miraflores District.
Getting to your ship
On May 10, you will have breakfast at the hotel and then be taken on a panoramic tour of downtown Lima, which may include a visit to Casa Amiaga, the Larco Herrera Museum, and lunch at the Museo Larco Café and restaurant. After lunch you will be taken to the Lima airport for your flight to Iquitos, which will depart in the late afternoon. Once we arrive in Iquitos, a bus will transfer you to the riverside town of Nauta (approx. 1 ½ hours) to embark the elegant Delphin II in time for dinner.
Ship Location
Our port of embarkation is in Nauta, Peru. When we arrive into Iquitos by plane, we will transfer by bus (approx. 1 ½ hours) to this riverside town and embarkation will begin immediately.
Ship Check-In
Check-in will be upon arrival to the ship.
Flight Guidelines
Most flights arrive into Lima in the late evening. If you arrive earlier, be aware that hotel check-in begins at 3:00pm. Departures on May 17 should be for after 9:00pm, or anytime on May 18. Please be aware that if you choose to depart late night on May 18, hotel check-out is 12 noon.

During your trip

Accommodations
National Geographic Lindblad Expeditions’ Delphin II
The Delphin II ship amenities include:
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge
  • Small library
  • Observation Deck
Room Amenities
  • Individually controlled thermostat
  • Efficiency bathrooms with shower
  • Hair dryer
  • 110-volt outlet by dressing table mirror and on upper wall
  • Beds that can be converted into one double bed
  • Organic shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, insect repellant and sunscreen
  • No TV’s, clocks or phones in the rooms
Activity Level
This trip requires walking on cobblestone streets for a tour in Lima, hiking on uneven, sometimes slippery uphill and downhill terrain, and stairs. Participants are required to be in good physical health. Wheelchairs and walkers cannot be accommodated on this trip.
Air Conditioning
The ship is air-conditioned throughout. Each cabin has its own thermostat, allowing you to control the temperature level in your cabin. Because of the high humidity in the Amazon rainforest, keeping the temperature extremely low inside the cabin can cause electronic equipment to fog up on contact with the warm, humid air outside. Slow acclimatization is healthier for your equipment before excursions. We recommend that you keep cameras and computers in the bathroom with the door closed. We will also have a table in a covered area outdoors so your electronic equipment can remain at the same temperature throughout the trip. If bringing a computer, we recommend keeping a cloth on the keyboard when closed to help with condensation issues.
Electricity
110V (standard US style) outlets are available in cabins.
Elevator
There is no elevator on this ship. All decks are accessible only by stairs.
Gratuities
Gratuities are included in the cost of your trip. Gratuities go to the Naturalists, cabin steward/stewardess, dining room staff and other behind-the-scenes crew members.
Internet / Phone
There is no email access in the Amazon. Phone access is very sporadic and not reliable.
Laundry and dry cleaning
There is no laundry or dry-cleaning service on board. We recommend quick-drying clothes and bringing a small amount of detergent to wash your own clothes.
Masseuse
There is a masseuse on board who works out of a 3-sided tent outdoors for an additional charge.
Medical services
There is a doctor on board. In an emergency we are in close proximity to medical facilities by boat or by sea plane.
Money: Paying for things on board
Your onboard charges may be placed on your account. At the end of the voyage, you may settle your bill with cash or credit card.
Restaurant Hours
Open Seating Policy

Dining hours: Breakfast 7:00AM – 8:00AM, Lunch 12 Noon - 1:30PM, Dinner 7:00PM-9:00PM

Restaurant
There is one restaurant on board. Meals are served buffet style for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is sit-down service.
Our shipboard chef prepares international cuisine with Peruvian and Amazonian flair on this expedition, using fresh ingredients whenever possible, including locally grown produce and sustainably caught seafood. Each evening you will have a choice of 2 entrees; of which one is usually a local fish. Vegetarian can be accommodated.
Skiffs
Key to our operation is our fleet of skiffs, which we use to explore the waterways of the Amazonia. The aluminum skiffs are 30 feet long, powered by four-stroke outboard engines, and are capable of carrying 10 people with ease.
Smoking policy
The ship is completely non-smoking except for a designated area of the exterior top deck.
Solo Travelers
We have a few solo travelers on these trips who mix and mingle with everyone. For a trip this small, there are no solo coordinators. You can start to meet other solo travelers online in the official Amazing Peruvian Amazon Adventure Facebook group.
Special Diets and Special Needs
If you have any medical, mobility needs, or specific dietary requirements that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please go to your olivia.com profile and click on Travel Preferences to update your personal needs information. Please advise us of this information as soon as possible but no less than 90 days prior to the trip. Resources in the Amazon are limited, so advance planning is necessary.
Special Occasions
If you have any celebrations and birthdays that fall during the week of your trip, that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please visit My Profile and add this information. Please advise us of this information as soon as possible but no less than 90 days prior to the trip.
Valuables
Each room has a safe, however, we recommend you leave all valuables at home.

After Your Trip

Disembarkation
This morning you’ll have one last excursion, enjoy a final lunch on board the ship, and then disembark. You’ll be driven back to Iquitos, where you’ll be taken on a tour of the town and a visit to the manatee rehabilitation center before being transferred to the airport (time permitting). Exact flight times from Iquitos to Lima will be announced in final mailing.
Hotel
We will utilize the Casa del Sol Ramada for our return hotel for the night of May 17, with check-out at 12 noon on May 18. You may purchase additional hotel nights directly through the hotel online.
Those departing the evening of May 17 will have a day room to use as long as they need before walking across the street to the terminal to catch their flight. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Vacation Stretchers
We do not have any extenders for this sailing. However, if you are interested in extending your stay in Machu Picchu or Nasca or anywhere else in South America, we can recommend a Travel Agency to assist you with your plans. Please call for more information.

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