What is covered by the expedition costs?
The expedition costs paid to Operation Wallacea cover virtually everything from the start point of the expedition to the finish point of the expedition. This includes all accommodation, food, all on-site training courses, $1 million medical and evacuation insurance, academic supervision, provision of all the support and medical staff and participation in any of the research projects being offered. The whole science programme and subsequent reporting is supported by the expedition costs.
Travel, airport tax and visa costs
You are responsible for your own travel costs to and from the start and finish points of the expedition (see travel advice page).
Flights into Iquitos will sometimes include a transit in the United States and, although you will not necessarily be staying in the country, you will need to obtain an ESTA (an entry visa for the US). These can be organised by visiting the US Government website, and cost $14 for a visa which is valid for two years. If you are a nationality included in the Visa on Arrival scheme in Peru, then you will not be charged for entering the country. This visa on arrival lasts for 90 days, which will be more than sufficient to cover your expedition with Operation Wallacea.
Money to bring with you
You will need enough spending money to cover your pre-expedition start and end date expenses, and any personal on-site expenditure only. This may include meals while travelling to site and while in Iquitos before and after the expedition, snacks on the Rio Amazona’s research boat and souvenir purchases.
The local Peruvian currency is Soles. Changing money to Soles is possible before you leave through most exchange outlets, money can also be withdrawn at a number of ATMs at Lima airport and in Iquitos before the expedition starts (Note: Money can not be withdrawn once the expedition starts).
Please also consider arranging a contingency fund to cover any emergencies. Note that even if you warn your bank that you will be using your bank account in Peru, automatic security services might still put a block on it, therefore please bring enough cash for your time in Peru.