When do I need to arrive in Lima and when does the program end?

Flight from Lima to Iquitos

  • Saturday, July 8th, 2023
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Flight from Iquitos to Lima

  • Sunday, July 16th, 2023
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Do I need special skills?

  • Special skills are not required for participation in this service program. Each project will involve a leadership team of volunteers with specialized knowledge in the project area. Project assignments will be based on a combination of volunteer interest, community needs, available space, and program logistics.

Are children allowed on the trip?

  • Families with children 12 and above are welcome and encouraged to attend. We cannot accommodate children under 12 in the program. All youth 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent, legal guardian or adult with proper authorization. All children under 14 must have a parent participating in the same community throughout the duration of the program.

What will the weather be like?

  • The climate in Nauta is tropical – hot and humid with the possibility of rain every day. The temperature typically varies from 70°F to 89°F and is rarely below 66°F or above 94°F. Bring light weight clothing and rain gear. Consider long sleeves and pants rather than shorts because of the mosquitoes.

What are the physical demands of this trip?

  • There is a lot of walking and the need to climb stairs, quite steep in some places, to access the communities from the boats that are the only transportation to the communities and El Tambo. The boat trip to your community (each day) is 20 – 40 minutes each way depending on the community.

What is the cancellation policy?

  • Your payment is fully refundable until March 1, 2023! If the trip is cancelled due to COVID-19, you will get substantially all your money refunded - we will announce the amount prior to March 1, 2023 based on negotiations with our providers closer to that time.

Do I need a visa?

  • U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need a visa to visit Peru. Citizens of other countries may check the US State Department website for entry requirements for further information. All visitors are required to have at least one full blank page in their passport. Additional information related to travel to Peru can be found here.

What shots or medications do I need?

  • YASC does not provide medical advice so you should consult with your own physician and refer to the CDC website for more information. The area of the Amazon in Peru is a malarial area and your intrepid producers took malarone through the advance trip. It is always a good idea to be immunized against various diseases regardless of where you travel. Make sure to ask about typhoid, yellow fever, and dengue fever when consulting your doctor.

Can I drink the water in Nauta and the communities?

  • It is highly recommended that you drink bottled water.

What will the food be like on the trip?

  • The local cuisine is chicken and fish with plantains, potato or rice. We are working with the local team to provide variety and a taste of Peruvian cuisine. It might be challenging to accommodate special diets so it is recommended that you bring food to supplement if you have dietary restrictions or allergies.

Are there any extensions for the trip?

  • Yes, we are offering a post-trip extension to Cuzco and Machu Picchu. Click on the Add-On trips tab for details and how to book.

What is special about this trip that I need to know?

  • There is no hot water or central air in the hotel rooms! You might like it after a hot day in the community however it takes some getting used to.