These answers are generalized because tours will differ according to the location.


How do I reach My Jungle Tour destination?

Your jungle tour will have a starting off location. This is a point where you will be leaving to begin your tour. This could be an airport, bus station, or the office of your tour. Most tours will require you to do some traveling of your own to reach the starting off point. This could be by bus, plane, or private car, and some will have the option of hotel pick-up. Once you have reached the starting point you will most likely travel by boat on a river to reach the remote destination of your jungle lodge.

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How long is travel time going to be?

The time involved with transportation will depend on several factors:

  • Where you begin your travel (From a city or from the starting point).
    • For example if you leave from Quito by bus... it could be 8 hours.
    • A private car from Quito may take only 4 - 6 hours
    • From Quito by plane it could take one hour.
  • Distance from the starting point your lodging is located.
    • This could be less than one 1 hour by boat or up to about 2.5 hours

    • These will be clarified when you select a specific area and/or tour.

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Are there luggage restrictions?

No, but you urged to use common sense about what you are bringing. It is best to only bring what you will need. A good rule of thumb for the maximum luggage you could bring would be how much would you be allowed on a small plane. There will be limited space for luggage on planes, buses, and boats, and you need to consider that other people will have luggage too.

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Could you organize our travel to the Lodge?

Yes! In most cases we can organize your flight to the starting point. We can also organize private drivers in most cases as well. If you are traveling by public bus, this will be something you will need to organize on your own.

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Can you arrange other tour reservations for us in Ecuador?

Yes! We would be happy to help plan out other destinations for you to visit while you are in Ecuador. Besides jungle tours, we are experts concerning Galapagos Cruises. You can click the link to learn more about this.

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What is not included in the price?

The quick answer to what items are not included in your price are...

  • Beverages: Sodas and Alcoholic drinks
  • Park Permits (not all locations require a permit)
  • Tips: it is customary to tip your guides and lodge staff

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What about insects and tropical diseases?

What you see on TV and the reality about tropical disease contrast drastically. Most of the locations have had no reports of malaria or yellow fever. This does not mean you should not show caution. It is always best to talk with a physician and explain where you will be traveling to and what inoculations you should receive prior to visiting. It is better to be safe, just in case.

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What do I need to bring?

The Amazon Rainforest is an amazing place, but it can be a little challenging if you are not prepared. Here is a list of some items you may want to pack to make your experience more enjoyable.

  • Rain protection: this could be a plastic poncho or a rain coat with a hood.
  • The right clothing: bring mainly light clothes and just a few warmer ones for the evenings.
    • Pants and longsleeve shirts can certainly help prevent some mosquito bites.
    • Hiking shorts and light cotton shirts
    • Shoes: Good hiking shoes, flip-flops, sandals, rubber boots (maybe included at the lodge, but sizes larger than 43 you may need to bring)
    • Extra Socks
    • Swimming Suit
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun Block and lip balm
  • Hat and Sunglasses
  • Camera: Bring film or extra memory cards; batteries are always good too.
  • Charger for batteries and cameras
  • Small daypack
  • Plastic bags to protect cameras or films from rain and humidity
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Binoculars (if possible)
  • A Book or Magazines for reading during the evening at the lodge

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Is there electricity at the lodge?

Yes, however, the power is usually not 24 hours and the generators are shut down during the day and during sleeping hours at night.

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Is it possible to make phone calls or use the Internet to my home country?

Maybe... many locations will not have Internet at all or cell phone signal. Usually a satelite phone or radio are used for special situations. But some do have phone service.

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Are triple bungalows available?

Triple bungalows are available with no extra charge.

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Do you have to be in good physical shape?

Not necessarily so. Some of the trails on the jungle are quite rough so quest should be prepared for some physically excursions, but most are easy for anyone old or young, athletic or not. The guide will often choose activites that are enjoyable to everybody and you are not required to participate in anything which you would think is too much for you condition.

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Are there medical services available?

The lodges all have extensive first aid supplies available and the lodges have systems with communication devices in case of emergency. In case of a severe illness or injury you will be moved to the nearest hospital.

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What about vegetarains or people with special dietary requests?

Yes, if you have special dietary requirements, then meals can be prepared for you to meet your needs.

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How much should we tip the guide and the staff?

Tipping is very common here in Ecuador. Use your personal descretion as to how much you tip. Usually a tip should be around 10% of your whole package. You tip will be divided up among the entire staff; from the person who washes your dishes to the your naturalist guide.

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What will the guides be like?

Generally speaking, all the lodges will have guides ranging trained naturalist to local indigenous people who know the land you are visiting. Your guides will be bilingual or have someone to translate for you. Your guides will speak Spanish, English, and possibly a 3rd language. If you need a special guide or a specific language other than Spanish or English, let us know and we can arrange this for you. There is an additional charge for guides who are fluent in other languages.

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