Ten tips for traveling to the Amazon rainforest

Ten tips for traveling to the Amazon rainforest

Spread among nine countries (Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Venezuela, Suriname, and French Guiana). The Amazon jungle is one of the regions with the greatest biodiversity in the world. Here are some recommendations to prepare for your trip.

1.In the suitcase

It is important to wear comfortable clothes, preferably cotton and light colors. Dark tones attract the attention of insects. It is also essential to wear closed shoes or high boots, especially in swampy areas. They tell many stories about travelers who have had a hard time as a result of leeches. And as the dangers not only come from the water, it is advisable to wear long-sleeved shirts to avoid mosquito bites or insects that can spread various diseases. It is essential to wear special pants to make expeditions in the jungle, made with quick-drying materials.

2.In the first aid kit

Pain relievers and antihistamines will help to calm the headaches or discomfort caused by constant exposure to the sun and insect bites. Essential is, of course, insect repellent. It is not bad to take two or three boats to be constantly smeared with this magical liquid that, although it burns the skin, frightens the dreaded and unpleasant mosquitoes. The use of sunscreen is also essential. If we notice something strange in the stomach, we have spots on the skin, or there is something different in our body when returning from the trip, we must go to the doctor immediately. And don’t forget that vaccines against yellow fever and tetanus should be given ten days before our trip.

3.In the canteen

During the jungle tours. The permanent consumption of liquids is important since the tropical heat causes us to dehydrate very quickly and not to stop sweating. It is essential to ensure that the liquids we consume are prepared with drinking water. A good option is to put some pills to purify water in your backpack. It’s better to prevent than to cure.

4.Contact with the indigenous people

If we have the opportunity to visit an indigenous community, it is essential to respect its inhabitants. Before taking a picture or recording the video, you must ask permission. A very controversial issue is whether or not we should pay for the photos. In the most remote places, not accustomed to mass tourism, people do not usually ask for any financial compensation for taking photos. However, in most tourist places, charging money has become a tradition. We will be the ones who decide what to do, although we must be clear that if they ask us for money, we must pay or not take the photo. We must avoid collecting samples of fauna or native flora and carry items that can contaminate.

5.A prepared guide

Walking through the jungle may seem very fun, but the truth is that in addition to dangerous, it is frankly difficult. The plant exuberance makes it easy to get lost, and we have to be provided with a machete to make our way through the tangle, which is not very advisable for the protection of the environment. Unless the road is really well marked, it is convenient to be accompanied by expert guides.

6.Against excess moisture

Moisture can seriously affect our electronic equipment, so it is advisable to store them in sealed plastic bags to prevent deterioration. It is also very common for camera lenses to fog inside. There is nothing to do; just be patient.

7.Lack of electricity

In some remote populations, electricity is likely to be cut off for much of the day and night. It is advisable always to have a travel flashlight. It does not hurt that lovers of photography or smartphones carry a charged battery replacement.

8.Light luggage

We go to the jungle, not to a five-star hotel in Punta Cana. Ideally, carry a single backpack so that we can walk quietly through the undergrowth and through the swampy terrain. The wheels are not very useful for walking through the jungle, so we should refrain from carrying luggage with wheels. Yes, the plastic covers with which the backpacks can be wrapped are useful against the rain.

9.Traveling by boat

Getting around the Amazon is not as difficult as it may seem at first. In some countries like Ecuador, a fantastic road connects the entire ‘East.’ In Peru, in Colombia, and in Brazil, due to the large extent of tropical forest. Many isolated locations remain in the middle of the jungle. However, the fastest way to get around the Amazon is the rivers. Numerous ships unite the main Amazon cities and cross Latin American borders. It will be very important to keep in mind that the navigation from one city to another usually lasts several days, with their respective nights. In many of these boats, you sleep outdoors, lying in a hammock. It is advisable to always be attentive to our belongings (even tie or lock them), especially during night stops.

10.Hallucinogenic plants

There are many stories of people who went to the jungle to do ayahuasca sessions, placed too much and stole everything. There are even versions that claim that they sexually abused avid initiatory entrepreneurs. If they are going to make astral travel with ayahuasca, it is recommended that you leave with a friend or friend who remains aware and has not taken the substance while other travelers enjoy their walk. A lot of news circulates in Latin American newspapers in which they talk about robberies perpetrated with scopolamine, a substance obtained from a plant called Datura Arborea. The thief takes out a piece of paper and sprays the victim with some drowsiness that numbs her, makes her dizzy and makes her lose consciousness, a moment that the criminal takes advantage of to take everything away from her.

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