HEALTH AND SECURITY:
When you arrive at the lodge your guide will
inform you about what you should and should
not do while you are at the lodge and in the
Malaria is endemic in the forest and we
suggest that you come with insect repellent
and malaria prophylaxis. Yellow fever is
present but uncommon. If you have a
vaccination certificate bring it with you.
None are mandatory for entering Peru,
but several are recommended. For general
travel, typhoid, infectious hepatitis, and
polio are commonly advised. Consult your
physician or local traveller's clinic.
However for the Amazon rainforest,
yellow fever vaccination is recommended. If you have not
been vaccinated, free vaccinations are
available at the Puerto Maldonado airport.
-Malaria. There is a great diversity of
mosquito species in the area of which a few
are capable of carrying the malarial
parasite. These species are generally active
between dusk and dawn. So apply plenty of
repellent at these times. The risk of
contracting malaria at the lodge is low,
though precautions should still be taken.
-Leishmaniasis. This is a warty disease
(related to leprosy) endemic to some areas
of the Amazon, locally known as “uta”. It is
carried by small biting black fly ( Manta
blanca ). Again, these flies are most active
between dusk and dawn. Should you become
infected a wound will appear several weeks
after the initial bite. It may be dry or
weeping, and may grow or reduce in size. It
should be treated immediately. It is totally
curable with the correct diagnosis.