How to organize to itself an adventure in the jungle of Amazon? 1. Finance
If you feel that paints of life began to grow dull that you are jammed by daily occurrence routine, and dreams from the childhood were not forgotten about travel to the strange countries yet, such adventure – that is necessary for you! Amazonas is the whole world isolated from a civilization. How to reach, how to choose and reserve round to the jungle? How many it is necessary money and how to provide financial safety?
We row on a canoe on the jungle Natalia Gulchevskaya, Igor Antarov, personal archive
The first question which can arise at the reader – «And what for?» to Fly for thousands kilometers, to risk life in the dangerous environment – whether it is better to buy round in five-stars hotel from the warm sea and to enjoy life? Yes, beach rest too is useful and gives the chance to an organism is total to have a rest and gain strength. But if you feel that paints of life began to grow dull that you are jammed by daily occurrence routine, and dreams from the childhood were not forgotten about travel to the strange countries yet, such adventure – that is necessary for you!
Amazonas is the whole world isolated from a civilization. Settling down in the impassable jungle of the basin of the world’s largest Amazon River, it adjoins to territories of Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Brazil. Formally being a part of these states, but, in fact, being it is perfect other world, leading own life. Life of the jungle. Where the half-civilized American Indian tribes keeping traditions of hunters behind skulls still live. Where still every year researchers find new types of plants and insects. Where it is possible to survive, only having agreed with the nature and having accepted it governed.
Having appeared there once, you already never will remain the same. As though will absorb ancient energy of life together with sated with moisture and aromas air of the jungle. Memories of this moment of the real connection with the Nature as a vivifying elixir, will support you upon return of.
Natalia Gulchevskaya, Igor Antarov, personal archive
Natalia Gulchevskaya, Igor Antarov, personal archive
«Yes, it everything is interesting, – you will tell, – but is absolutely unreal to get there for the ordinary person!» I often hear such opinion and consequently I want to tell how can organize such adventure for reasonable money. Step 1. Flight
Flight to Latin America and back is the most expensive part of a trip. Therefore plan the adventure in advance and catch cheap tickets. Final dates of your travel and the concrete country will depend on tickets, from where you will get in Amazonas.
Consider that from Europe (especially Spain, Italy) or from Turkey flight can be cheaper in times, than directly from Russia. Therefore can make to itself a route with changes and so that to look and other countries (for Europe you then need the Schengen visa). Be guided by flight cost in one party on the average 600 dollars. Cost of tickets strongly depends on dates therefore in the beginning find the most favorable tickets and only then take vacation.
For what term to plan a trip? It is important for understanding upon purchase of the return ticket. Certainly, at such distant and expensive flight take all time available to you, though some months. At least, which is required to you – week in the jungle and some days on the road, that is about 2 weeks.
To what country it is better to take tickets? As I already wrote, Amazonas is a part of several countries of South America. This time we got there through Peru, the city of Iquitos. Our friend took before round in Brazil. In Ecuador also there are interesting offers on residence in the jungle.
Therefore be guided by existence and cost of air tickets and that you still would like to look on the road. Step 2. Round booking
Though we discuss an independent adventure, but, of course, absolutely independently, without special preparation, it is not necessary to go to the jungle. You receive much bigger pleasure and advantage of an adventure, if lodge in Lodge specially constructed in the jungle and will order the program of research of the jungle under the direction of the professional conductor, it is better – the Indian.
There is a lot of such offers on the Internet. Be convinced that it is a site of local company organizer, instead of resale. Therefore, most likely, it will be in Spanish or English languages. Look, what address is written in contacts. Read responses, look photos and estimate a ratio the price quality. For example, the program in our Lodge cost 100 dollars a day on the person and included a transfer, accommodation, a food and sorties in the jungle 3 times day, and also a survival course with spending the night in hammocks. Here such American Indian all-inclusive.
Read attentively which activity will be included into the program. Also specify at organizers, you chose how successful season: as will be rains much and whether will be animals (when we there were, the majority of animals left deep into selvas, but also without them we received mass of pleasure) much.
Duration of the program – from 5 days and is more. To pay round it is usually possible at once on the Internet.
Specify at organizers as you to reach a start place. For example, we from Lima flied to Iquitos (Peruvian air, the ticket – about 70 dollars in one party). At the airport we were met already by the car of the local company organizer. Step 3. Financial preparation and safety
You already made the main expenses – in comparison with cost of air tickets and the round, all the rest in South America to you will seem to the very cheap. Can be guided by the minimum and comfortable budget for two – 15 dollars a day on a food and 20 dollars on accommodation out of Lodge (Ecuador, Peru). Certainly, the top level of expenses is not limited, and do not forget about souvenirs.
Except accumulation of money, it is important to independent traveler to prepare modern financial instruments still. (Round, air tickets, booking of hotels) you will make the majority of purchases on the Internet. Therefore you surely need a plastic card (in America more preferably than VISA) and, it is desirable, an account in paypal adhered to this card. With a view of safety it is better, if you (or in your group) have some cards of different banks, and to store them better in different places and separately from PIN codes.
In the majority of the cities of Latin America you can easily use the ATM therefore there is no need to carry with itself a cash pack, risking to remain absolutely without money in another’s country.
Cash, of course, too will be necessary for you. It is better to bring with itself dollars and already on a place to change for local currency. In Ecuador, by the way, it is not necessary to change – in the country there is no national currency, only the American dollars.
Get to itself two or three purses. One – a flat zone bag which will not stick out from under clothes: for the passport, a plastic card and the main part of cash. The second purse – for the current calculations and a trifle. And the third purse – "vykidny", just in case. With a small amount of money and an old plastic card. To give it in case suddenly you will want to plunder on the street.
In general, observe vigilance, being in Latin America, especially in mass tourist places or unsuccessful areas. Do not walk on streets with darkness approach. Use the authorized taxi which to you will cause from hotel. Only in the jungle you can relax really and not think of preservation of valuable things.
Well and, of course, in respect of safety and economy, collect to itself team of 3-5 people which divide with you bent for to adventures.