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THINGS TO KNOW WHEN VISITING IN PERU AND SOUTH AMERICA

TRAVEL LIGHT AND SECURE -10 most important Items you must bring with you

 

1.- Passport

2.- Personal medications and travel insurance 

3.- Proof binoculars

4.- Baggage no more than 23 kilos (50.71 pounds)

5.- Dark-colored long sleeve shirt (while birding)

6.- Sweater and rain gear

7.- Sun block, hat and sun glasses

8.- Mosquito repellent

9.- Carry-on bag and

10.- Hiking shoes.

EDUCATION FOR CONSERVATION

Richard Amable has undertaken (since late 2004) to assist towards local training and education. For every trip booked with Mr. Richard Amable. The  10% of tour price is use to sponsor the Birding In Action program and support birding workshops for education and for conservation in PERU and BOLIVIA.

Electricity
A 110V generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. At night it is very dark, so we recommend good flashlights. Light is provided by numerous lamps and candles. The lodge is run mainly on propane. You can charge batteries a few hours a day in the dining rooms. Every room has kerosene lamps on the walls and candles on the night-stands. Please do not handle kerosene lamps and always blow out the candles before sleeping or leaving your room. We use electric bulbs in public areas at night.

Safes at most Lodges and Hotels
We ask you to keep your valuable belongings and documents in the safe. Do not leave them valuables in plane view. Equally if you have food or candies please keep them in the safe. Do not leave them outside. This way you will avoid attracting insects and other animals. Ask the lodge manager or guide to inform you about the proper use of the safety box.

 

Rubber Boots
Around the lobby you will find racks with rubber boots arranged by size. You can use these boots for our walks or outings into the forest. Please remember ALWAYS that when walking inside the lodge facilities and in order to prevent bringing mud inside, you must walk without boots or any muddy shoes. Use only sandals, socks, clean sneakers.

 

Soap and Shampoo
According to our environmental policies, the lodges only use Brazil nut biodegradable soap and shampoo which you will find in the bathroom If you are allergic to nuts, please let us know and we will provide you with a lemongrass soap. We wash the towels and bed sheets using biodegradable detergent and we clean the bathrooms with biodegradable products as well.

 

Laundry
This service is only available on sunny days. Please ask for the rate at the lodge. Clothes are hand-washed using White Swipe biodegradable soap and are sun dried in order to protect the environment.

 

Smoking
Smoking is allowed in the lobby and bar except at meal times. Please do not smoke in your room, the dining rooms, boats or during activities.

 

First Aid and Emergencies
In case of emergencies we have a first aid kit that is equipped to deal with most cases that may reasonably arise in the area. the guides are all certified by the Red Cross, which means they are prepared to deal with foreseeable emergencies (broken bones or snake bites, for example) but not complex emergencies (such as an appendicitis).

For snake bites, an unheard of at Tambopata so far, we have extractors and an anti-venom at the lodges. In case of evacuation, we need to travel by boat by to Puerto Maldonado. During the day, evacuations take about 20% less time than regular boats. During the night, evacuations take about 30% more. In Puerto Maldonado there is access to a state clinic.

 

Immunizations / Medication
Before traveling to Peru it is important for the visitor to have the right protection against diseases and to understand fully what type of vaccinations that will be needed according to the regions he/she will be visiting.   For general protection for visitors to Peru, it is important to have the following vaccinations:

  • Hepatitis A

  • Tetanus

  • Typhoid

  • Yellow Fever inoculation is highly recommended for travel to Tambopata.

 

How about Malaria? This is the most common question travelers ask when planning their travel to Peru. Malaria is a serious disease, which humans can contract by being bitten by an infected mosquito. Malaria is present in Peru but however it is extremely rare and most would say not an issue in the Tambopata region. We are not in a position to make medical recommendations so we recommend you speak with your doctor or your travel clinic regarding this issue. We highly recommend following anti-malarial drugs recommended by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) if you decide to take malaria medication:

  • Atovaquone-proguanil

  • Doxycycline

  • Mefloquine.

 

For more information on medical considerations please contact the:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/travel/tropsam.htm

 

It is vital that persons with medical problems or special diet requirements make them known to us well before departure so that land operators are properly informed.

 

Leishmaniasis
Leishmaniasis is present throughout the rain forests of southeastern Peru. It is a skin lesion caused by a protozoan transmitted by a certain kind of small biting fly. There is no vaccination against it but it is curable in every case. The selected cure, injections of pentavalent antimony (Glucantime), is uncomfortable. Leishmaniasis is also very easy to prevent by wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, and repellent on exposed skin at all times, and sleeping under mosquito nets. If you are interested in receiving complete information on leishmaniasis contact us before your trip.

 

Weather
The lowland rainforests of Tambopata lie far enough south of the Equator to provide a cooler, drier winter season between May and October. The general weather conditions, are warm and humid.

In Tambopata the average daytime high temperature is between 78F and 93F (24C and 31C). The average nighttime low is between 66F and 78 F (20C and 24C).

Cold fronts can occur without warning from May through September. This cold fronts originate in Argentina and can sweep into southwestern Amazonia and push daytime highs down to 50° F (9° C) and the nighttime lows to 43° F (5° C). Thus, during that season always be potentially prepared for cold and drizzle.

The rainy season runs from November till April. Be prepared for heavy rain that can continue for hours or days. Around 80% of the annual average 3000 mm rainfall occurs during this season.

 

Other Tips

  • No smoking in the forest, nor in the boats (which carry gasoline).

  • No littering.

  • Do not harrass wildlife – when sighting wildlife follow your guides instructions.

  • No wildlife collection or manipulation, unless specifically authorized by SERNANP. If you should come across hurt wildlife, leave it be. It is part of the natural processes of the wilderness.

  • Please separate your trash in the proper trash bins. All non-biodegradable trash is taken to Puerto Maldonado. Please take batteries back with you.

  • Please keep it quite. Our rooms are not sound proof and guests come to listen to the sounds of nature. If you should want to listen to music outside the bar area, use headphones.

  • The lodges are highly flammable. Do not leave candles unattended and locate the nearest extinguisher.

  • Never go swimming in the Tambopata river.

  • Stay on the trails and take to the trails only with a guide. If for some reason you are separated from your guide, you can return to the lodge using your map and the trail markers.

  • Always use life jackets on the boat and during boarding. Wear light shoes that are easy to take off. Never have rubber boots on when in the boats.

  • Use rubber boots when heading to the forest or gardens at night. They reduce the risk of snake bites.

  • When taking people photos, ask first!