T&T Fun Eco Adventure
You must inform Courtenay Rooks (Paria Springs) of:
- Any allergies, medical conditions, and/or mental conditions that may affect you, your performance, or the tour in any way
- If you have any dietary requirements such as; diabetic, vegetarian, vegan, etc.
- Mosquito repellant and waterproof sunbloc (Sunscreen) are a must.
- Officially there is no Malaria or Cholera in Trinidad and Tobago and Yellow Fever pops up about every 15 to 20 years. Hence no vaccinations are required. We do however have Dengue Fever, so use repellant, though in 20 years of business only one client contracted Dengue Fever.
- It is very important to be hydrated and energized during the adventure, so ensure that you have food, water, and energy snacks for each day out. I can drink 2 liters and more during a day tour. People tend to generally drink more in the tropics to stay hydrated.
- Bring your snorkeling gear if you wish, though we will supply.
- We can also arrange SCUBA Diving in Tobago
- Trail running sneakers with good grips for mud are best. The trails can get quite slippery. Flip Flops (Slippers) and hiking boots are not appropriate. Strapped sandals with good grip can be good on some trails. If space allows a second pair of hiking shoes are good as shoes will get wet often.
- Lots of socks are recommended.
- A pair of shoes for chilling like Keens etc is good for the nights etc.
- Often the trails are clear so bathing suits with shorts and/ or a jersey is best. I mostly wear surfing baggies. Though scrapes do often occur on legs
- If it rains everything will get wet so bring phones / cameras in dry bags and/or triple zip loc bags. Waterproof phones and cameras are best.
- On ALL tours Make Sure you leave a dry change of clothes and towel in the car to change into for the drive home!
- Turtle Nesting season runs from March to August with middle of April to Middle of July being best.
- On the Night limes long shorts or jeans and a nice top or shirt is fine. Or a nice dress, does not have to be fancy but not beat up, LOL
For Rock Climbing:
- Everyone will be provided with a helmet while climbing, however if you have a personal climbing, skating or bike helmet please bring it as you will feel more comfortable.
- Serious climbers cut their nails very short, while we do not expect you to change fashion for us the shorter your nails are the better. Regardless of the length you must ensure they have no jagged edges.
- For those of you with long hair, please put in a neat pony or plat that is in the back and low as hair can get caught in belay devices.
- Short pants or tights and a sporty top or jersey that fits well and leaves you flexible is a must. Very thigh clothes with little movement, excessively baggy or ill fitting clothes will limit your climbing ability and can be dangerous
- Proper hiking shoes that fit well and have grips is just fine for the beginners course. If you have climbing shoes that is best; bring them along for the climbs.
- For those experienced climbers, bring your climbing shoes, we will supply harnesses, chalk etc.
For the Cave
- Make sure you have working head lamp or flashlight with new batteries.
- Bring long track pants or other comfortable pants and a either long or short sleeve top that are cheap and you don't mind throwing away after as they will get covered with bat droppings. We can purchase in Sangre Grande if you wish.
- Rubber kitchen gloves are recommended to be worn in the caves to keep bird and bat poop off hands. Some people use dust masks as added protection from Histoplasmosis, which is a fungus found mostly in animal droppings. Most people are not affected by it.
- Rubber gloves and a face mask will be supplied
- We will supply plastic garbage bags to put bat poop covered clothes and shoes into for after the hike. It will help to make the drive home less smelly. Also a large plastic jug of water to wash off with after the hike is very useful
- Bring hand sanitizers for use after the cave so lunch can be handled safely.
- A rain jacket and pants suitable for the Tropics is great, but on tougher hikes you will sweat under these, so best just to protect your gear and have a warmer top if needed.
Trinidad and Tobago experiences two annual seasons; the wet season and the dry season. The dry season is from January to May, the wet season runs from June to December, with a short dry spell of a few weeks during September or October. This does not mean that during the dry season there is no rain, nor during the wet there are no sunny days.
During the wet season there are very few days when it is really rained out. In the many years of doing tours we have had only 1 tour cancelled due to weather conditions. We will just dodge around rain when birding; the good thing is that the birds are more active after a rain. If hiking, just go prepared for rain (it's called a rainforest for a reason), put your optics in plastic bags etc., the rain is warm and shows the rainforest in all its glory.
Your journey home will be comfortable if you make sure that you have dry clothes waiting in the car for you. In Trinidad we describe most of our rain as “Passing Clouds”, which means just wait a bit and there will be sun. Most find the rain warm, cleansing and fun. Its just another aspect to the experience, for what is a rainforest without some rain?
Daily high temperatures range from 29°C (84.2°F) to 35°C (95°F) in the shade, so in direct sun it can get very hot. Sunscreen is highly recommended for when in direct sun and not so direct sun. Sunburn can ruin a vacation and can cause skin cancer! In the rainforest there is no need for sunscreens. Hats also assist in keeping out both sun and rain. For the wider trails or roadside birding, small umbrellas are quite useful.