How To Prepare
Get your flights and hotel reservations. Please see the Travel section of this website for additional information and remember that we are here to book some or all of your travel or just make recommendations. Let us know how we can help. If you book your own travel, please send us your flight details to and from Iquitos so we can make sure we pick you up and drop you off at the right time. On your flight to Peru, you will be given an immigration form to fill out. An immigration officer will stamp the bottom third of this form and hand it to you. Please do not lose this stub because you will need it at Immigration when you leave Peru.
Medications and Vaccines
Please visit this website as soon as possible to understand the recommendations of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Other similar websites in other countries are fine too. It provides recommendations separated into categories of All Travelers, Most Travelers, and Some Travelers. We recommend you schedule a visit with your doctor 4 – 6 weeks before your trip to discuss your medications and vaccines. You should also discuss antimalarial medications and possibly an antibiotic in case you have any gastrointestinal problems during your trip. Some doctors will prescribe an antibiotic which will cover you for both. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/peru
Electricity in Peru and at Treehouse Lodge is 220 Volts. The plugs accept two thin rectangular prongs like those used in the US. Please check the transformers on your electronic devices to see if they can use 220 Volts. In very fine print, you will often see a description similar to 100 – 250 V. Most electronic devices like cell phone, computer, and camera chargers will work with 220 V, but please check first because you may damage your device otherwise.
Because we run a grid of SOLAR electricity, curling irons, blow dryers and flatners are an excessive drain, making other devices not able to charge properly. Please leave these three items at home.
Some devices will require an adaptor which you should purchase before your trip. Hair dryers are particularly problematic, even with adaptors sometimes. We recommend you find a hairstyle that doesn’t require a hair dryer.
We endeavor to serve food that will meet the tastes and needs of all guests. When we can, we will give you a couple choices, but the menu is not À la carte. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
The currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol. To get the current conversion ratio, type the following (but with your currency) into the Google search engine:
- convert 1 USD to PEN for US Dollars
- convert 1 EUR to PEN for Euros
- convert 1 JPY to PEN for Japanese Yen
- convert 1 CNY to PEN for Chinese Yuan
We recommend that you get cash from ATMs instead of converting your currency into Nuevo Soles in Peru. ATMs will generally give you the best conversion ratio. Once you get to the lodge, you will need cash for drinks, tips, and souvenirs – all other expenses are included. When you visit a local village, you will likely have the opportunity to purchase handicrafts and souvenirs. Treehouse Lodge also has a few items you may want.
Tipping is always appreciated and should be based completely on your satisfaction. No gratuity is expected, but when you receive personalized service that exceeds your expectations, a gratuity in Peruvian Soles or U.S. Dollars are appropriate.
Customary gratuities range from $10-$30usd per person per day. This is split by the staff, with your guide receiving half, and the rest of the lodge staff receiving their portion of the other half.
Although some may see it otherwise, we believe one of the real benefits of staying at Treehouse Lodge is that you will not have WIFI or cell service. Reconnect with yourself, fellow travelers, and the world for a couple days by putting your communication devices away. Some of you may need to prepare by beginning a detox process in advance. You will have cell service in Iquitos and Lima and Panama City and you will have WIFI in almost any hotel you stay in.
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen and circumstances. These include trip interruption, airline delays and cancellations, illness, weather, and many other unpreventable situations. Travelguard is a well-establish and reputable provider of trip insurance. A link to their website is below: