Amazon Travel, Health & Safety
Program Info Sheet
Study Abroad Costs
figures below are estimated and anticipated costs for the program. Every
effort will be made to ensure that costs do not rise above what is quoted
below, but students must realize that we have no control over airfares,
the price of fuels, etc., and that some adjustments may be necessary.
cost for the 3-credit Amazon study abroad component of the Amazon Program
(without airfare) will be announced in August.
included in the cost
reception upon arrival in Iquitos; assistance with baggage, transfers
and check-in for departure from Iquitos. Transfer to/from airport
to hotel/port in Iquitos.
- Hotel accommodation in Iquitos, all meals while in Iquitos as part of the course.
river transportation to/from the field stations visited during the
study abroad program. Any speedboat and skiff use during the course
for project implementation, supply delivery, etc.
at field stations including mattresses, linens, towels, pillows,
meals at field stations and during river transportation. With advance
notice, vegetarian diets and other dietary restrictions/requirements
can be accommodated.
of boat crews, field station employees, etc.
The Following are NOT included in the cost:
- FIU Tuition for the course
- OEA fees
additional airfares that may be required between your home and Miami
International Airport (MIA), or for travel elsewhere in Peru before
or following the the study abroad program.
costs of travel to the designated airline counter at MIA (whether
by personal car, taxi, bus, or other is not included in the study
abroad program pricing.
electing to remain in Peru past the end of the study abroad program
are personally responsible for any additional hotel and travel costs,
and for any change of airline ticket fees that may apply.
for passports and other travel documents that may be needed.
- Vaccination costs - Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Tetanus
for boat crews and field station employees, alcoholic beverages
(for those over 21) and carbonated drinks (sodas).
medicines, insect-repellent, personal toiletry items, souvenirs,
& Money Exchange:
US dollars are widely accepted in Iquitos, and most stores/hotels will
change dollars into Nuevo Sols (the Peruvian currency) at the official
rate. For souvenirs, drinks, tips, personal and other incidental expenses,
students should not need more than US $200-300 in personal funds. Credit
cards are accepted at some stores, restaurants and hotels and at airports.
Cash machines (ATM's) are widely available in Iquitos and other large
cities, and both US dollars and Peruvian Nuevo Soles can be withdrawn
if you have a card with a PIN number. Cash advances from credit cards
can be made at some banks. Travelers Checks are not accepted
except at some banks, and should not be brought. US bills should
be unworn and free of tears, and major blemishes, or they may not be
accepted. Vendors will reject bills with even very small rips! Money
changers on the streets should not be used to change funds - they may
slip you counterfeit bills or cheat you on the exchange rates. Changing
money in stores and in banks is safe and there is negligible difference
in the exchange rates received.