Valid Passport: Passports are required so be sure to have your passports valid for 6 months beyond your visitation dates.
Air Fare: You will be responsible to book and pay for your own Air Transportation to Quito, Ecuador (UIO). Arrange your flight to arrive on (tba) with an arrival time that will allow you to take advantage of the free shuttle service during the times listed below.
Arrange your flight home on August 20, 2015 or later and again, consider the free shuttle hours shown below. If you will be participating in one of the "Extended Tours", then you will have to coordinate your air transportation as necessary. A good place to start shopping for your airline tickets is Kayak.com.
Free Airport Shuttle Bus: (plan on 2-2.5 hours each way)
Note: Once you have registered to attend SACAS, please Contact Us with your preferred shuttle time. Shuttles will be on strict schedules, so if you miss the one you intended, you will have to either wait for the next one or pay your own way by taking a taxi at your expense.
Recommended List: Prescription medicines as needed, good walking shoes, mud boots, hot weather clothes, insect repellent, umbrella or rain jacket, flashlight*, binoculars, sun screen, film/memory cards, camera, extra batteries, plastic bags to keep film/paper dry. *Headlamps tend to attract night flying insects and therefore can attract insects straight into your face. We recommend a good flashlight with extra batteries for night hikes.
- The use of sandals or walking barefooted is not permitted on the trails for safety reasons. Entrance will not be permitted by the administration if this rule is not followed.
- Long sleeve shirts and long pants can help prevent against bites and sunburn.
- Mud boots are perfect for hiking muddy trails and can provide some protection against snake or other bites.
- Manipulating species (flora and fauna) is not allowed in the biological stations for both conservation and safety reasons.
- This event is not recommended for children. Teen-agers must come accompanied by a responsible adult that must supervise them at all times.
- If you are hypersensitive to insects, bees or wasps, always carry a sting kit with you.
Travel Insurance: Purchase travel insurance before your trip and be aware of natural hazards such as the following.
- Slipping/Falling (Wet, muddy, uneven, steep, or slippery walking surfaces)
- Scorpion/Ant/Insect bites or stings (watch where you sit or place your hands)
- Wild animal or snake bites
- Water hazards (use common sense, be aware of 'Rip tides' and Swift water)
- Allergies (be prepared if you are sensitve to allergies)
- Fitness/Agility/Exertion (know your limits and don't push them)
- Transportation, Trucks, Road traffic
List of Hospitals, Clinics or other Medical Facilities in the region: (coming soon)
Special Note: Tips & discretionary gratuities for guides are not included in activity costs.