I want to get into the Amazon but i am on a budget and can't / don't want to go through a expensive tour group. Does any one know how to do it cheaply?
I am traveling to Peru on August 9th, 2010 for one month and have already booked my trek to Machu Picchu how ever i really want to get into the Amazon but i am on a shoestring budget. I don\\\'t want any thing fancy or high end, I would rather it be a really experience trekking through the Amazon to remote places that is rarely seen by tourist. But all the info i read up on it, is some $1000 plus tour operator. Is there any way i can do it either by myself organizing my own way through the locals or is there a cheap company that will get me into the real Peruvian Amazon and not some tourist trap?????
Any suggestion would be great.
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My wife and I are doing a Short Manu Program Tour to the Amazon, by bus, booked through the All Trek Cusco agency on August 19th. The cost was only $299 each. Is that inexpensive enough? Reply to this
Hi, A friend and I went over this time last year, we went to Iquitos and went to Cumacemba lodge ( i think it's spelt this way) not flash and no mod cons, but really enjoyed it. we did 3days 2night for around US$180.00 included all meals which was great, drinks were cheap too.........search for my travel blog on this site, in the search type in MJO
it well tell you more about the lodge and our trip there
Book direct through them and save at least US$100.00, they are located at the "Iron House" in Iquitos, also check out where we stayed there, again not flash, but comfortable, secure and friendly.....the only way to travel
Michael Reply to this
Hi, My boyfriend and I went to the Amazon in 2008. We took a flight from Lima to Iquitos which cost us around $100 each- prices may have changed now. Once in Iquitos we stayed a night at Hostal la Pascana which I would recommend. We then found a freelance guide Carlos Grandez who took us on a four day trip into the jungle for $100 each. We spent some of the time in hammocks in the jungle and some time staying in a village in the jungle. It was well worth the money and you defintely get a sense of what it's really like to be in the jungle. If you want anymore info let me know. Enjoy Peru!
Steph Reply to this
Hi Steph - your trips sounds amazing - I want to try do it next year when i visit Peru.. did you book your flights to and from Iquitos far in advance or just when you got to Lima? and how far in advance did you book with Carlos?
Please send me contact details for Carlos!
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Julie. Flights out of Iquitos ,to Lima, are very frequent so there is no need to book.3 or 4 companies fly every day I flew Air Condor which was around US$108 ,in 2008. Not including that airfare or my accom in Iquitos ,my 10 day adventure from Lima ,through the jungle to Yurimaguas and up the Maranon and Amazon Rivers to Iquitos, was cheaper than the 1 day I did from Cusco to Machu Picchu. Unforgetable adventure.
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