All of our ayahuasca and dieta retreats begin and end in Iquitos, Peru. Incoming international flights will first fly through Lima, Peru before transiting into Iquitos via one of the Peruvian domestic carriers. For international flights, we recommend checking aggregate search engines such as Kayak, Skyscanner and Mobissimo in addition to more common search engines like Priceline, Orbitz or Expedia.
It is best to arrive to Iquitos at least 1 day before the retreat begins. This extra day can help buffer any potential flight delays or cancellations, which do happen on a regular basis when traveling through Peru and South America. You are free to book return flights for any time after 12 pm on the final day of the retreat.
EARLY DEPARTURE: If you do book a flight that leaves before 12 pm on the final day, you will need a taxi earlier in the morning to ensure that you will arrive at the airport on time. If your flight is between 12 pm and 1 pm, we can drop you off at the airport on our way back to Iquitos. Transportation costs are included in the retreat price for those who leave at the regular departure time.
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: There are several airlines that fly through Iquitos from Lima, so you will have some options for planning a schedule that works for you. Make sure to confirm your flights with your airline before you depart, especially your Lima – Iquitos flights!
The three main domestic carriers in Peru are LATAM, Star Peru, and Peruvian Airlines. You can also get flights in and out of Iquitos with Avianca and Viva Air. If you book with LATAM or Avianca you may be able to get a cheaper ticket all the way to Iquitos from your departure destination; otherwise it is often cheaper to buy one flight into Lima and a separate domestic ticket from Lima to Iquitos. The national carriers Star Peru and Peruvian Airlines are usually cheaper than LATAM, as is Viva Air; however, they have less flight options.
Star Peru: www.starperu.com
Viva Air: www.vivaair.com
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Please check with your airline, travel correspondent, agent, or other provider for information on obtaining travel insurance. We strongly advise taking out travel insurance at the time of booking that will cover any financial losses incurred should you have to cancel your visit for any reason; or in case of any unforeseen incidents while in Peru. Here are a few websites we recommend for guests who prefer to shop online for travel insurance:
- Always pick up your bags at the baggage claim in Lima and re-check them at the ticket counter after passing through customs. No matter what the airlines tell you, pick up your luggage at the baggage claim in Lima and re-check them with the appropriate airline. We have had several guests arrive in Iquitos without their luggage because they didn’t pick up their bags in Lima.
- Make sure that your passport does not expire within 6 months of your departure date. Peruvian immigration may require that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after the date you plan on leaving Peru. Please check online at peru.visahq.com or with your domestic government for information regarding your Peruvian visa requirements.
- Please do not book any flights until you have submitted an application and received notification that it has been approved.