Amazon Jungle useful information
Food: The kitchen staff prepares a wide variety of dishes with local products, most of which exemplify the traditional cuisine of the Amazon region. Vegetarian menu is always available. Purified water, tea and coffee at disposal.
Health: It is always advisable to consult your physician about health measures and vaccinations before traveling to a foreign country. Although Gaia is well-isolated from local populations and tropical diseases are extremely rare here, during your stay in Ecuador you may pass through areas of slightly higher risk. Please note that your trip to Gaia will bring you from Quito, which is located at almost 9000 feet (2850 meters) above sea level, to the lowland tropical rainforest region at less than 1150 feet (350 meters) above sea level. Please take any medication you may need with you, as the selection of medicines in our first-aid kit is limited.
Just in case, you need to know there is a medical center in the Ahuano village or a hospital in Tena, 10 or 45 minutes respectively from our lodge.
Communication: Gaia has permanent telephone communication. In case you need to do international calls that is possible with a cost.
Internet: Gaia doesn’t offer internet service now, but in case you may need there are internet services in the Ahuano village (10 minutes from the lodge by car).
Weather: In the tropical rainforest it is best to be prepared for all kinds of weather. A common question we receive is about the “dry and rainy seasons” of the Amazon, but it is best not to trust such generalizations to plan a trip. At times it can be hot and sunny, but a cool rainstorm may appear at a moment’s notice during any time of the year.
We have ceiling fans in each room for hot afternoons, but at night (especially after the rain) some guests are surprised at the need for a sweatshirt!
Clothing: Lightweight pants and long sleeved cotton shirts are ideal for walks in the forest. However, if you are more comfortable wearing short sleeves, remember that exposed skin may need a light dousing with insect repellant.
During the rain, full waterproof clothing can be uncomfortable as it often gets you wet with sweat instead of water, but rain ponchos are recommendable for tropical cloudbursts. Plenty of ponchos are available at no charge if you do not have your own, and we also supply rubber boots up to men’s size 14 for walks in the forest interior.
Comfortable shoes (or sandals), shorts and t-shirts are fine for walking on boardwalks and around the Lodge during meals and free time. And don’t forget your bathing suit!
Laundry: A reasonably priced laundry service (washing and drying) is available.
Bar: Gaia has a bar service for our participants with an extra cost.
Water: All of the water at Gaia comes from our own water purification system, and is perfectly safe for bathing, washing, and brushing your teeth. Drinkable water is always available in the social area so you can refill your own bottles