Safety Issues


On the water

  • Life jackets must be worn at all times in the motorboat and inflatable boat.
  • Avoid slipping on boarding and disembarking by wearing boots (especially important during the wet season)
  • Avoid moving around inside the boat.
  • Obey guides and motor drivers instructions at all times
  • Do not go into the river without your guide´s supervision.

 

In the jungle

The forest trails and paths are safe and well marked but nevertheless there are certain dangers associated with jungle hiking. The majority is seldom more than mere inconveniences but there are simple precautions for safe jungle walking. Here are some basic rules to follow:

  • Do not "grab" at vegetation to steady yourself; many plants have thorns or spines or harbour hoards of aggressive stinging ants.
  • Be careful when you step on the trails; it is easy to slip on mud, trip on tree roots, fall down an animal burrow or end up standing in a column of army ants if you don't look where you are going.
  • Do not annoy the wildlife – when sighting wildlife, follow your guides instructions.
  • No wildlife collection or manipulation, if you should come across hurt wildlife, do not touch it, inform your guide.
  • NEVER GO OUTSIDE THE TRAILS WITHOUT TRAINED STAFF. The jungle is incredibly disorientating and even trained guides seldom leave marked trails. Even just wandering 10m of the trails can cause a loss of direction.
  • Take plenty of water with you, and on longer walks a small snack, it is easy to get dehydrated and hungry as the humidity, heat and exertion increase perspiration and loss of energy.
  • Wear appropriate shoes for the walk; rubber boots are ideal as they keep your feet dry. Old trainers or tennis shoes will get wet and dirty. The soles need grip for muddy paths.
  • Wear appropriate clothes and apply insect repellent to exposed body parts before a jungle walk and take some repellent with you.
  • Always take a waterproof jacket with you. A sunny day can turn to a tropical deluge in minutes. It is warm rain, but out in the open in a slight breeze it can feel chilly, especially on a boat. A poncho is good as it also covers your daypack, camera, etc.
  • At night, take a torch to avoid roots and puddles. Not only does the light help you see where you are going, but also it illuminates weird and wonderful creatures not usually seen by day. A climbers' torch worn on your head is ideal for camping and studying. For walking in the jungle at night, it may attract insects to the light beam and hence your face, which you may find disconcerting, but this is not usually too much of a problem.


Bites and Stings

  • Repellent should be worn at all times whilst out on the trails to avoid mosquito bites
  • Shoes left outside the rooms should be shaken before being worn to avoid the bites of any unwanted visitors
  • Whilst the chances of a snakebite are minimal we recommend wearing boots and thick trousers as 67% of snakebites are below the knee
  • Avoid long grass where possible as biting insects known as chiggers can provide some discomfort

 

Fire

  • No smoking on the trails in the forest, in rooms (especially bed), inside common areas or in the boats.
  • Smokers please ensure that cigarettes are fully extinguished and put cigarette buds in designated ashtrays.
  • Do not leave candles unattended

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