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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