Weather:
Situated at 106 meters above sea level, and about four degrees south of the Equator, Iquitos has a wet, humid, tropical climate, characterized by warm temperatures with limited annual thermal variation. August is usually one of the driest months with few rainy days, and temperatures ranging from a high of about 31 °C / 88 °F to a low of 21 °C / 69 °F.

Travel:
There is no overland access to Iquitos, which is said to be the largest city in the world that can be reached only by air or boat. 

  • By Air:

The conference venue is only about seven km away from the Iquitos airport. COPA (www.copaair.com) provides direct air service twice a week from Panamá to Iquitos. Many other international airlines serve Lima, the capital of Peru; from which you can connect on an approximately 90 minute flight to Iquitos via Peruvian Airlines, (www.peruvian.pe), Star Peru (www.starperu.com), or LAN (www.lan.com). Direct air service is also available between Iquitos and Tarapoto, a city in the high jungle, and Pucallpa, a port on the Ucayali River.

  • By Boat:

From Pucallpa, Peru: "Lanchas y Motonaves Henry" offers voyages in mixed cargo/250 passenger vessels. Travel time is approximately five days, depending upon the water regime and direction of travel. One-way fares (including meals) are approximately 35 (USD) per person for passengers sleeping on the deck in hammocks. Cabins are also available for about twice the hammock rate.
From Tres Fronteras (Santa Rosa, Peru/Leticia, Colombia/Tabatinga, Brazil): Several different companies including Transtur (transturperu@bol.com.br) and Golfinho (www.transportegolfinho.com)-provide almost daily service in 48-passenger ¨rapido¨ boats, with airplane-style seating. Journey time is approximately 9 to 12 hours, varying with the water regime and direction of travel. One-way fare (including meals) is about 75 (USD) per person.
Connections are available from Tres Fronteras to Manaus, Brazil, and further downstream to the mouth of the Amazon River at the Atlantic Ocean.

Transportation:
Motorcars are more common than conventional taxis in the city of Iquitos. The LOC will provide transportation from the main hotels to and from the venue. Additional requests will be handled individually. Most of the field and tourist options involve boat trips on the Amazon River and its tributaries, and the LOC should be able to provide local transportation for registered participants.

Visa information:
No advance visa is required for delegates holding passports from most North and Latin American, European, Oceanic, and Asian countries. Please visit: http://www.consuladoperu.com/general/index.php?consulado=WASHINGTON%20D.C.&pagina=EsxtranjerosPeru.php for additional information. The RCEM 2015 home page will include more information about this section.

Tourism:
RCEM 2015 will be organized in the Peruvian rainforest (jungle), but Peru offers a great variety of tourist destinations along the Andes and along the coast. Major attractions are: Machu Picchu (Inca’s heritage, Cusco), Colcal Canyon (Arequipa), Uros Islands (Puno), Nazca Lines (Ica), Mancora (Piura), Chan Chan (La Libertad), Huacachina lagoon (Ica), among others.
You can find tourist information about Iquitos in the following websites:
http://www.peru.travel/en/
http://www.cuscotouristinformation.com/Info/Loreto.html
http://www.perutravelling.com/loreto_peru_tourism_loreto.php 
http://mapcarta.com/Iquitos  

Travel Kit:
What to pack for a trip to the Amazon Rainforest

  • At least two long-sleeve shirts
    • Light color (to avoid over-heating)
    • Breathable and baggy (so mosquitos do not bite through the fabric)
    • Fast drying (you will sweat!)
  • At least two pairs of pants
    • Lightweight
    • Breathable
    • Light color (mosquitos are attracted to dark colors)
  • Shoes
    • Flip flops
    • Sneakers (old, so that they can get dirty)
  • Plastic bags (to carry damp clothes back home)
  • Headwear
    • Baseball cap or wide brimmed hat (to keep sun off of face and mosquitos away)
    • Headband
  • 100% DEET bug repellant!!!!!!!!
  • High SPF sunscreen (at least SPF 50)
  • Hydrocortisone cream (for itchy bug bites)
  • Cheap Sunglasses
  • Poncho (if travelling during rainy season)
  • Backpack
  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-diarrheal
  • Vaccinations and Medications
  • Hepatitus A: Vaccination is recommended to all travelers to Peru.
  • Hepatitus B: Vaccination recommended to all travelers to Peru, especially those who may have exposure to blood or body fluids through the giving or receiving of medical care, drug injections, tattooing, or sexual contact with the local population.
  • Typhoid Fever: Vaccination is recommended to all travelers to tropical South America especially those who may be staying in rural areas where exposure through food or water could occur.
  • Yellow Fever: Vaccination is highly recommended for travel to Amazonia and the Southern Amazon basin. The shot should be given at least 10 days before your arrival and at 10 year intervals if you decide to stay.
  • Rabies: Vaccination is ONLY recommended to travelers with an increased risk of exposure including: long-term travelers living in an area that poses a high-risk of exposure, travelers working in occupations who will have direct contact with bats, stray dogs and cats, or other mammal such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals or researchers
For further questions: http://www.adventure-life.com/amazon/amazon_faq.php#ok_for_kids.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

RCEM 2015 website released