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					Dear Fellow Travelers,


This Guyana Eco-Tour may be unlike any other travel excursion
you have ever undertaken. This is not a manicured vacation. It
is a raw, fun, eco-cultural adventure. Every tour is unique and
unpredictable. This guide is designed to prepare you for an
unforgettable travel experience.


PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP

We recommend that you contact your health care provider prior
to traveling to obtain the following medications:
• Malarone (or similar anti-malarial medicine )
• A broad-spectrum antibiotic like Cipro, see your doctor for
     prescription meds.
• Up to date Tetanus
• Yellow Fever & Typhoid vaccinations (recommended, not
     mandatory)
• Hepatitis A vaccination

PASSPORT

Make sure your passport is current several months prior to the
trip! Do not wait until the last minute to realize that your
passport has expired and needs to be renewed.


FOOTWEAR

Footwear should be well broken in and comfortable. This eco-
tour involves a great deal of walking/hiking activity. This is not
the time to be breaking in a new pair of hiking boots or sandals.
If you have to purchase new footwear for the trip, do so several
weeks or months in advance and break the shoes/sandals in
well before the trip.

As we normally travel to Guyana during the winter months
(Guyana’s dry season), it can be regionally difficult to locate
summer items like “flip flops”. We recommend that summer
items be purchased in advance during the summer season (or
they can usually be ordered on-line during off-season months).
 Dry season is normally between September and May.

PACKING

• IMPORTANT!!!! PLEASE MAKE EVERY ATTEMPT TO PACK
     EVERYTHING INTO ONE STANDARD SIZED
     BACKPACK and a small personal (camera)bag that will not
     have to be checked. It is important to pack lightly. You will
     be traveling to various destinations in Guyana via trucks,
     boats and small planes so it is important to be compact
     and mobile. There is a 20lb per person weight restriction
     on in-country flights
• Pack toiletries in one convenient container. Because of
     current flight security restrictions, we usually check ONE
     piece of luggage containing all of our toiletries. We pool all
     of our toiletries into ONE bag, and check this at the airport.
• Extra small foldable canvas duffle. You may be returning
     home with more items than you came with. It can be
     helpful to have packing accommodations for returning
     home with LARGE souvenirs.



PACKING ESSENTIALS

Clothing
• Shorts and T-shirts/tank tops (girls might like to pack 3 -4
      shorts, 5 – 6 tanks)
• 1 long sleeved button-up shirt
• 1 pair of long pants and/or zip-off pants
• Hiking boots or sneakers with tread
• Light sandals or flip flops
• 2 or 3 bandanas
• 1 nice outfit ( a light skirt/dress for women, a nice summer
     shirt for men ) in case you attend some event, or for any
     occasion where you might want to look tidy, say... at the
     Kara Lodge in Georgetown.
Accessories
• Sunglasses
• 1 personal hand towel
• 1 small fleece travel blanket.
• wide brimmed canvas hat with chin tie (not essential but
     recommended)
• Hair restraints (if needed)

Toiletries/Meds
• Malaria medicine, malarone, etc. IMPORTANT, although
     malaria is NOT widely present during the dry season.
• Pepto Bismal or Immodium
• Deet/insect spray
• Sun screen
• Topical Anti-itch
• Toothbrush/Toothpaste
• Shampoo and personal soap (we recommend Mountain Suds
     as a bio-friendly all-in-one, for convenience)
• Chapstick w/ sunscreen
• Ibuprophen or pain med of choice
• Sanitary items (tampons, etc..) if needed
• A broad-spectrum antibiotic like Cipro, see your doctor for
     prescription meds.

Equipment
• Digital camera (essential!)
• Extra memory cards and batteries (essential!) Please note
     that you will have the ability to re-charge batteries.
• A good pair of binoculars (essential!)
• Compact video camera (not essential, but great to have!)
• Flashlight (essential for EACH traveler)




ECO-TOUR COSTS

The daily charge varies according to style of accommodations,
for example

• Hammock, $20 US per night...
• Meals...BF $5, Lunch $5, Dinner $10
• Guides, $15 per day, each.
• Full service, each cabin has two beds. Meals and guides...
     $85 US per night

•

This price DOES NOT include:
• Gratuities
• Alcoholic beverages (Guyana is famous for her Rum!)
• Souvenirs
• Over charges for extra weight on flights

COMMUNICATION

You will have the opportunity to use cell phones at various
towns but you will be incommunicado for most of your trip!

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:

• There are mosquitoes in Guyana! But there are far more
     mosquitoes in New England during the summer.
• Tipping. You should plan on tipping $10/day. This will be
       divided between the staff members.
• It is a great gesture to bring and/or leave items behind as gifts
       for the villages and children. For instance: Clothing is
       always appreciated. You might consider leaving behind
       items especially purchased for the trip, like inexpensive
       binoculars, flashlights, travel blankets. It is wonderful to
       provide items for the primary schools like story books,
       nature books, pencils, crayons, etc… The Nappi Primary
       School has a TV, DVD player and generator (funded by
       Foster Parrots), so educational or nature DVD’s are a
       wonderful gift for the school.
Guyana is an amazing country. You will find the people to be
amazingly friendly, sincere and accommodating. Please be
aware, however, that cultural differences and a generally slower
pace of life apply here. The general rule of thumb in Guyana is:
relax, slow down, be patient and enjoy the view!

				
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